A Typeface Design for Dyslexia

Some of us may admit to having a disorder when it comes to our obsession with typography. I mean, it’s absolutely fantastic though isn’t it? To be able to communicate so thoroughly and completely with feeling beyond the written word. Well, you know why you love it, however there are many of us out there who unfortunately do not get to have the same experience. Until recently.

Christian Boer at StudioStudio, has specifically designed a typeface for those who suffer from dyslexia. His designs combine the ideas of spacing and weight to make a clear and readable font for all, but more to the point, clear and readable for a dyslexic.

The developmental disorder, dyslexia, is when the brain does not interpret symbols in a normal way. It can mix up letters, disconnect sounds with those letters, or even cause trouble with the recognition of characters as a group when forming a word.

With Boer’s typeface, he takes into account the shape of each individual character, spending hours designing a single comma to gain the desired effect. In this set, each character is weighted at the bottom, and no two similar characters resemble each-other. For example the thicker bottom bowl of a “p” will seem to keep it firmly weighted on the baseline in the correct orientation. You can check it out on their website and decide for yourself if you think it’s easier to read. Their research even indicated that readers had fewer errors using dyslexia rather than standard fonts. Even readers without dyslexia.

So now we have typography design that is “curing” disease and improving reading skills. Now I just need a font that fixes my spelling and grammar… /rant.

~ bryan, social media chair

By aigajacksonville
Published September 16, 2011