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Monday, February 10, 2014

Dyslexic Font Disproved

A few of you may remember the Internet rage last year when the media picked up on stories about a "new font for dyslexics". 
The font is called Dyslexie and it looks like this:

The idea behind the innovative design was to weight the bottom of the letters with more densely shaded areas. This was meant to help dyslexic readers and spellers who struggle with letter flipping (b/d confusion) or reading words back to front.  
A recent study of the font came to the following conclusions, as transcribed in an excellent and quite funny article by Kat Bauman.“Reading speed isn’t mentionably improved, and comprehension couldn’t be said concretely to improve either. Breaking even in legibility is a basic typographic goal, but it’s probably not enough when you’re trying to give a specifically impaired group a leg up. Personal experience, while useful, isn't all it takes to make a problem-solving product.”
Have you tried Dyslexie font? Is there a font that you prefer for reading? Or fonts you absolutely can't stand? I'd love to hear...
Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for David Morgan's Easyread System, and online course that specializes in helping readers with dyslexia, auditory processing issues, weak decoding skills, and more. 
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