Design of the Week
Graphic Dutch Designer Christian Boer has designed a typeface for readers with dyslexia. Originating as an idea for his final thesis project as a student and a dyslexic himself, at the Utrecht Art Academy the typeface soon intensified when members of the dyslexic community caught onto his work as well as the international media.
Dyslexia, a term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence (oxford dictionary) , is estimated to affect 10 per cent of the world's population, according to UK charity Dyslexia Action.
The letters are designed with heavier bottom to prevent the reader's mind from turning them upside down. Letters that usually appear similar are italicised and have added tails, to become more distinguished eliminating the risk of the reader mirroring them.
Boer has also added larger spaces between letters, as well as bold capitals and punctuation marks so the start and end of sentences can be better differentiated. - Dezeen
In 2011, the dyslexie font won first prize at the Smart Urban Stage in Amsterdam, as well as being a hot subject at the TEDx Dubai Presentations.
Christian has gone on to establish his own company Studiostudio Concepts, as well as a foundation that aims to create positive awareness and scientific research within the subject of dyslexia.