A graphic designer by the name of Christian Boer had developed a font to aid his own dyslexia and he has released it to be available for purchase online.
But can a font really help dyslexic readers? Acocrding to an article published by Scientific American, “it has received much fanfare from sufferers.”
Boer first designed his font in 2008 while studing at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In 2010, a fellow student conducted an independent study on the font as par tof a master thesis project. Participants in the study said the font improved their reading accuracy and allowed them to read for longer periods of time.
The font which is named Dyslexie, is said to tweak letters of the alphabet that are commonly misread (such as “d” and “m”) and make them easier to recognize. Letters are also made to look heavier at the bottom with thicker lines to help prevent reversal or flipping. Also, differences among letters such as letter openings (“c” and “e”) are emphasized. Capital letter and punctuation are rendered in boldface.
The designer does not tout his font as the solution to dyslexia, but he hopes that it can be another tool to assist those struggling with reading as a result of dyslexia.
For more information on Dyslexia and how a systematic, sequential and multi-sensory reading program can help, click here.