Ben van Bercum (1918 – 2010) was, after his training in the crafts school as a planning engineer, working for a variety of typesetting and printing houses such as Ellerman Harms in Amsterdan and later as a graphic designer for printing Bosch Utrecht. He wrote “Zet het zo!”, the textbook for typesetters and copy preparation.
From 1963 to 1981 Van Bercum was professor of typography at the Bercum Artibus Institute in Utrecht, the current HKU. He was also coordinator of Graphic Design 1971-1979 and President of the Academy Council 1970-1979. Van Bercum combined teaching regularly with the design of books and magazines for publishers and printers.
As an independent designer he later was named a book designer for the landmark dictionaries of Van Dale.