The Werkplaats Typografie (WT), a part of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, is a two-year graphic design masters programme founded in 1998 by Karel Martens and Wigger Bierma. The WT is centered on assignments and self-initiated projects with lectures, seminars, meetings and readings geared towards self-accountable and independently motivated work and research.
Participants work in a studio which is accessible 24 hours a day. Werkplaats Typografie is directed by Lisette Smits. The design education is supervised by Karel Martens and Armand Mevis who are present once a week. A theoretical component and thesis is supported by Maxine Kopsa, who is present once a week and Paul Elliman who visits the WT for three consecutive days six times a year. Regular teaching staff includes Danny van den Dungen (Experimental Jetset) and Maureen Mooren. Anniek Brattinga is responsible for the general co-ordination and management of the WT, Liesbeth Doornbosch is office manager.
Guests are regularly invited to visit the WT to review work, give presentations or supervise workshops. The WT is often invited to take part in national and international festivals, events or site specific projects.