New Font to Help Those with Dyslexia

You’ve heard the expression, “It takes one to know one.” That’s the case for Dyslexie—a new typeface designed by Christian Boer to help those with dyslexia decipher print material more easily. It’s no coincidence that the Dutch designer has the language learning disability himself.

According to an article in NPR’s website, the default color of Dyslexie is blue, which Boer claims is easier to decipher for those with dyslexia. In addition, the font allows for more space between letters “to help prevent a dyslexic reader from being confused by a jumble of text,” as Boer explained to British design magazine Dezeen,

When they’re reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate and mirror letters in their minds. Traditional typefaces make this worse, because they base some letter designs on others, inadvertently creating “twin letters” for people with dyslexia.

Boer’s letters have a heavier bottom half to make it less likely the reader will flip them. He also made some openings larger, and slightly tilted some letters that closely resemble others — such as a “b” and a “d.”

The new font, which works with both Apple and Microsoft operating systems is free to home users and can be added to Web browsers as an extension.