It’s estimated that 10-20% of the general population has some form of dyslexia, making reading challenging, which can lead to learning and self-esteem issues as affected children struggle in school and adults in the workplace.
The Dyslexie font is specially designed for people with dyslexia, in order to make reading easier – and more fun. During the font’s design process, all basic typography rules and standards were ignored.
The most common reading errors of dyslexia are swapping, mirroring, changing, turning and melting letters together. In the Dyslexie font, every letter is uniquely shaped, eliminating those reading errors while increasing reading ease.
Graphic designer Christian Boer was diagnosed with dyslexia at age six. While studying art at university in Holland, he designed his own typeface. Rather than the uniform sizing and spacing used in most typefaces – designed to make reading smooth and easy for the majority of readers – Boer’s typeface is asymmetric, incorporating varying sizes, shaping and spacing so that each letter is more easily distinguished from others, especially those that appear similar, e.g. p and q, v and w. Knowing that many dyslexics find it easer to read handwritten words than typewritten, Boer’s font looks much more like handwriting than other fonts.
Some of the font’s features include:
Some ‘twin letters’ are placed slightly inclined, which makes them easier to distinguish.
The distance between individual letters and words is enlarged, which makes reading more convenient and avoids the crowding effect.
Capital letters and punctuation
Punctuation marks and capital letters are bold, emphasizing the breaks, endings and beginnings of phrases.
According to the designer’s website, the font will “Bring back the joy in learning and working, offer yourself, students, colleagues or your neighbor equal chances. No advantage, nor a disadvantage – simply an equal start.”
The font has been studied for effectiveness and so far, results show that 72% of those tested read faster with the Dyslexie font, and 73% make fewer mistakes. Research results can also be found on the website.