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Font Choice: Beyond Aesthetics

Selecting the appropriate font for a creative piece is key. It is, perhaps, one of the most important elements of your design and it can be a very powerful tool in conveying your message.

Dyslexie overview 2Recently, Dutch designer Christian Boer has taken the power of a font to another level by creating a dyslexic-friendly font that makes reading easier for those with the neurological disorder characterized by difficulties in word recognition.

“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer, who is dyslexic, 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,” says Boer.

The font which has been named Dyslexie utilizes “heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semicursive slants” to make characters more easily recognized.

The font can be downloaded here for free. Once installed, a dyslexic reader can use the font when reading, typing, or browsing the web.

 

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