Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects the ability to read and comprehend languages, despite levels of intelligence. A person can be born with it or develop it later on in life, but either way it creates problems with language, but verbal and visual. Many people live with various levels of this condition and all of them must find a way to successfully navigate languages that don't always make sense to them.
A Dutch graphic designer, Christian Boer, has lived with dyslexia his whole life and decided to do something to help himself and others. The most classic problem with dyslexia comes when reading languages written with Latin characters. Many of the individual letters look incredibly similar, and this is where the confusion comes from. For example, the letters p, q, d, and b present the biggest problem. There are also issues with c and e, among others. They are often difficult to distinguish between and this creates the problems with reading comprehension.
To counteract this, Boer has created a completely new typeface that he believes will help. Dyslexie aims to highlight and create differences between letters so that they are easier to tell apart. Boer said that as he studied for a hard final one night, the letters on the page would not stop spinning around, making it nearly impossible to read anything. The biggest feature of Dyslexie is a heavier line thickness at the bottom of the letter. This helps to anchor each character and stop it from spinning around.
The problematic p, q, d, and b are slanted to create greater differences.
Some letters are given slumps or bigger gapes.
Lengths of certain letters are exaggerated as well.
Letters are bolded to signal the start of sentences.
There are many other features to the font as well, such as spacing, letter heights, and even text layout. While thorough research has not yet been completed, the creators have seen promising results from tests done at the University of Twente.
Though this idea may not change the world, it embodies little-c creativity. Boer was faced with a problem every day and knew he was not the only one going through it. So he did something about it. As people continue to work on this font, it will only get better and more effective to help those with dyslexia. Maybe in the future it will be used as regularly as Times New Roman is nowadays. For today though, you can download the font for free at their website.