Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for dyslexics like himself.
“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “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.”
Designed to make reading clearer and more enjoyable for dyslexics, Dyslexie uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semicursive slants to ensure that each character has a unique and more easily recognizable form.
Currently featured as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial, Boer’s Dyslexie typeface was originally conceived as part of his Utrecht Art Academy thesis in 2008. He has recently made it available for home users to download for free. Once installed, dyslexic readers can use the font to type, print documents, read email, or browse the Web.
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