A designer has released a new font typeface to help dyslexic readers. Christian Boer, a Danish designer who is dyslexic, hopes his font will help readers like himself navigate text with more ease and less confusion.
First, here's some background on dyslexia. Dyslexia is a neurological disorder, characterized by a person having difficulty reading and, occasionally, speaking properly. Scientists estimate 10 percent of the world's population is dyslexic. A common misconception is that dyslexic people have lower intelligence levels, which is not the case. The scientific definition of dyslexia applies to people with average intelligence or higher. Symptoms of dyslexia include trouble with word recognition, proper pronunciation, reading comprehension, reading aloud, and spelling. The leading theory among experts is that dyslexia is a genetic disorder, caused by a phonological processing impairment.
Boer's new font style hopes to make reading easier for those with dyslexia. Specifically, his Dyslexie font aims to make each letter decidedly unique to prevent people from confusing letters that look alike. In typical typeface, a lowercase "d" and "b" can get easily mixed up. Dyslexie adjusts for this by slightly italicizing those types of letters. In addition, the letters are also thicker on the bottom, counteracting the tendency to flip letters upside down. Other features include enhanced spacing between words and individual letters, bolded punctuation marks, and darker capital letters.
Although Boer's project certainly isn't a fix for all cases of dyslexia, which is experienced in a vast multitude of ways, it could be a big help to many people around the world. You can take a look at the font here.