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Dyslexic Friendly Font Helps Dyslexics With Reading

Dutch designer Christian Boer came up a dyslexic friendly font to make reading easier for dyslexics such as himself and this author and about 10 percent of the world’s population. Appropriately dubbed Dyslexie, the innovation probably doesn’t appear to be too much different from other fonts, at least at first glance. However, reading something written with this typeface when you are afflicted with the disorder makes a huge difference.

This expert in graphics from The Netherlands explains, “Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”

Dyslexic Friendly Font Helps Dyslexics With Reading

Boer continues, “When they’re reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate and mirror letters in their minds. Traditional typefaces make this worse, because they base some letter designs on others, inadvertently creating ‘twin letters’ for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexie takes care of a number of specific problem areas specifically for dyslexics, . The staffs that differentiate the p from the b are elongated with a heavier than typical typeface on the rounded parts. Spacing is more abundant than standard between words and letters while capital letters and punctuation read as bold to “better distinguish the beginning and ending of sentences. Letters also have a slight slant.”

Boer initially designed his new letter style for his 2010 thesis to be presented at the Utrecht Art Academy, and now the new product is on the roster at the second annual Istanbul Design Biennial. The gathering is on hand in Turkey until December 14, while Dyslexie is now available for download and works with most word processing programs.

That said, the creator of Dyslexie claims the font is in use at a number of large firms like KLM, Citibank, and Pixar, in addition to many government agencies, universities and other educational institutions. That said, interested individuals should go to the Dyslexie website to find out which books and e-books come in this dyslectic friendly font.