Font for Dyslexic People

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Bjorn Nelissen's picture
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Hi all,

First of all, a merry christmas and a happy new year to you all.

I was browsing the web looking for info about dyslexia. Suddenly I found smth very interesting.
Natascha Frensch, a Dutch designer made a typeface for dyslectic people, called ‘Read’.

You can find more info here:
http://www.readregular.com

A lot of care is given to ‘b’ and ‘d’ kind of problems. People with dyslexia have problems with characters that look alike.
So a ‘d’ is not just a mirrored ‘b’ but it needs more characteristics to distinguish it from the ‘b’. Same goes for ‘p’ and ‘q’ etc.

I love this initiative. Maybe some of you have interesting things to say about this. I myself do not design type, I just use it as a graphic designer.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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Yes, it’s very interesting, for the effort/intent if not the given results.

BTW:
http://www.typophile.com/forums/messages/30/18498.html
http://typographi.ca/000715.php#000715

hhp

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Joined: 22 Nov 2003 - 2:34pm
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Aha, I knew I should have done a search first. Mmhh, i was a bit too enthousiastic. Thanks for the links.

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People with dyslexia have problems with characters that look alike.

The biggest problem I have with Frensch’s project is that it is so poorly documented that it is impossible to tell whether the design decisions actually address anything more than a particular sub-problem of a particular kind of dyslexia. Even if you look at the rather sparse information on dyselxia provided at http://www.readregular.com/english/dyslexia.html it isn’t at all clear how differentiating letterforms in the way Frensch has done addresses any of the reading disorder symptoms illustrated there.

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Frensch’s project seems to target only one of several different dyslexias, too, which dilutes its worth. On the other hand, many other dyslexias can’t really be tackled at all with typography — I wonder if it’s the same with character-recognition dyslexia.