A Typeface Just for Dyslexia? — The Book Designer

I came across this article and found it utterly fascinating.  The implications are wide spread.

A Typeface Just for Dyslexics?

by Joel Friedlander on October 17, 2012 · 32 comments

…Wikipedia calls dyslexia “…a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read,” and says it can affect as many as 5 – 10% of any given population…studies have shown that special typefaces could make reading more accurate for people with dyslexia and, to his credit, Gonzalez decided to create a typeface that addressed these issues, and then make it available for free.

Designer Abelardo Gonzalez says this about his design:

Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of ‘gravity’ to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.

Here’s a paragraph set in Adobe Minion Pro, 11 point.

Minion Pro

Here’s the same paragraph set in OpenDyslexic, 11 point.

Open Dyslexic

…Why wouldn’t all e-reader manufacturers make OpenDyslexic—or a similar font that has been shown to be helpful to people suffering from this disorder—available on all their readers?

It seems like the perfect way to use the flexibility of ereaders, with their ability—much to the chagrin of book designers—to change the font of any book in your library…

Read the entire article and get a download link for the font at:  A Typeface Just for Dyslexics? — The Book Designer.

I am always fascinated by simple, relatively low tech solutions for complex issues. If this is really helpful, I wold love to see it as a standard font option on all e-reader platforms.


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