Here’s some good news for people with dyslexia. A typographer in The Netherlands has developed a new font, that seems to make it easier for dyslexics to read! For those who don’t know, dyslexia is a type of learning disability that affects an estimated 1-in-20 people. It basically impairs their ability to read, spell and comprehend words, because the brain can’t tell the difference between certain letters that look the same. For example: Dyslexics may mistake a “v” for a “w,” or they may read a lowercase “b,” but their brain flips it around and understands a “d”.
So to fix the problem, a Dutch researcher came up with a new font called “Dyslexie.” It works by exaggerating the differences in letters that dyslexics have the most difficulty with. For example, the underside of the letters “b” and “d” are bolder, so the brain can’t flip them around. The font also increases the openings in letters like “c” and “e,” so they’re less likely to be confused. And the letter “j” is tipped to the side slightly, so it doesn’t look like the letter “i”.
How well does Dyslexie work? In early tests, the font has been shown to boost reading accuracy and comprehension. Want to go further? Just Google the word “Dyslexie” in any Web browser.