Dyslexic-friendly font makes reading easier

Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic, which inspired his new typeface that combines larger openings in the letters, heavy base lines, semicursive slants and alternating stick and tail lengths in order to make reading easier. “Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often […]

Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic, which inspired his new typeface that combines larger openings in the letters, heavy base lines, semicursive slants and alternating stick and tail lengths in order to make reading easier.

“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”

The Dyslexie font project originated from part of his Utrecht Art Academy thesis in 2008. Now it’s featured as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial and available to download for free.