Typefaces for People with Dyslexia

Typefaces for People with Dyslexia

I was really fascinated by this article about a typeface designed specifically to help people with dyslexia make fewer reading errors. Folks who have dyslexia tend to have trouble reading because the text doesn’t sit still; their brains flip, rotate and rearrange letters while they try to make sense of the words. This apparent movement stems from structural differences in parts of the brain, and I was surprised to learn that there are quite a few typefaces designed specifically to address this disorder. There are likely many more, but I easily found Open Dyslexic, Dyslexie, Lexie Readable and Read Regular.

Typefaces for People with Dyslexia

I even found work from designer Felix Lobelius who used “symptoms of dyslexia” as a starting point for a project. Felix’s project, seen above, was for an entire exhibition of work similarly inspired by dyslexia, highlighting how people with dyslexia perceive text. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever spent as much time thinking about dyslexia as I have today. And it’s fairly common. If you’d like to know more, there’s a tiny subreddit devoted to the topic and quite a few organizations focused on the disorder, mostly aimed at helping students with dyslexia achieve academic success.

Alex Dent

May 6, 2013 / By

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