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New font for dyslexics

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 | By Michelle Hammond

There have been plenty of typeface innovations in recent years, including fonts that save ink, fonts that mimic users’ faces, and fonts that can be created from scratch.

 

Now there’s a font designed specifically for those with dyslexia. Dutch design firm StudioStudio has created a typeface that can be read by dyslexics more easily and with fewer errors.

 

Recognising that dyslexics tend to rotate letters as well as mix them up, Dyslexie incorporates numerous features to help keep such problems from occurring.

 

For example, letters are made to look heavier at the bottom by virtue of thicker lines, making it easier to recognise their true orientation.

 

The differences among letters – such as their openings, extensions and slant – are also exaggerated to make distinguishing them easier.

 

Capital letters and punctuation, meanwhile, are rendered in bold to make the beginnings and endings of sentences more clear. The result is better reading, according to StudioStudio.

 

It’s often easy to forget the power of design to help with accessibility for those with difficulties such as dyslexia.

 

Is this food for thought for other entrepreneurs?