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Dyslexie Font Wins Over Life Long Dyslexia Sufferer

News / January 18, 2016

The Dyslexie font developed by Christian Boer, a Dutch graphic designer and fellow dyslexia suffer, was designed to make reading easier and more memorable Dyslexia suffer of all ages. We recently sent two copies of a factual story, on Pluto, to a mature Dyslexia sufferer. One version was in a standard serif font we are all familiar with,  the other was set in the new Dsylexie font designed to help the dylexia sufferer read and understand the type more easily.  Here is his response.

You can see the example story on Pluto here for adults, and a further story for children aged 5-7 years old.

Dyslexie-font-example-page adults

Dyslexie-font-example-page 5-7

“Wow what a difference between the two versions in terms of clarity and copy memorability. The Dyslexie font made me slow down too which is half the problem with dyslexia when you read copy you semi speed read which results in word slippage when you miss the meaning of sentences unless you keep on re-reading…

‘With the Dyslexie font I read through the copy with ease and in fact enjoyed reading the article. Would say I can recall almost 100% on the first read through. Layout and copy type face very easy to read. Didn’t have to re-read as I understood both the content and can recall just about every part of the article.

In addition, I was reading direct from the screen so no problem either in terms of understanding the copy and the content of the article.

With the standard serif font not easy and certainly not as enjoyable to read as with the Dyslexie font. Certainly more difficult because the font is the same style whereas the Dyslexie font is easier and more interesting and stimulating to read based on the font size and style (reference the points made in the Dyslexie font manual) which changes (or appears to change based on font weight and size that emphasizes words to make them stand out from the page) throughout the article.

In particular, reference and attention to the capital letters in the Dyslexie font version which are bolder than normal font size. The result is that it is far easier to read and less tiring for the eye and brain.

With regard the serif font and on first reading I recall about 80% of the content but with difficulty. I would need to re-read it again to be really comfortable that I fully understood what it was saying.

With the Dyslexie font I am far more comfortable and would not have to re-read any of the content. As a result, I would be quiet happy to talk to someone with confidence about Pluto.’

Chris Williams

To see more on the educational products from Lexie Mouse Design that utilise the Dyslexie font take a look at this video.

By Alistair Owens keen2learn


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