New font aims to help dyslexics read

The Dyslexie font created by Christian Boer could potentially bring relief to the up to 20% of the U.S. population who experience symptoms of dyslexia.

The typeface better distinguishes letters that are often confused by dyslexics and slows them down while reading. Developing in 2008 and first released in English in 2011, the custom font is receiving renewed attention while on display at the Istanbul Design Biennial.

30-year-old creator Boer describes Dyslexie as having “a heavy base line, alternating stick/tail lengths, larger-than-normal openings, and a semi-cursive slant.”

Boer developed the typeface as a thesis project at the Utrecht Academy of Art. Subsequent studies at the University of Twente and the University of Twente and the University of Amsterdam yielded impressive results — 84.3% of dyslexics who participated in the study could read Dyslexie faster than other typefaces with 77.7% fewer mistakes.

Dyslexia is “a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Dyslexie isn’t alone in the market to help those with dyslexia with fonts like OpenDyslexic and Spellex DysLex. Dyslexie is available as a free browser extension now.

Source: USA Today

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