A Typeface for Dyslexics

I love it when design is used for a greater purpose. Designer Christian Boer has created a typeface to help dyslexics read more accurately and with less frustration.

“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, a dyslexic himself, designed the letters with heavier bottom portions to prevent the reader’s mind from turning them upside down.

Lengthened ascenders and descenders – the portions of the characters that stretch beyond the two main horizontal guides – also makes them easier to tell apart.

Letters that usually appear similar are subtly italicized and have added tails where possible, so they no longer look alike and pose less risk of the reader mirroring them.

Boer has also added larger spaces between letters and words, as well as bold capitals and punctuation marks so the start and end of sentences can be better differentiated.

Dyslexia is estimated to affect 10 percent of the world’s population.



Bic Asks Customers to Pen “The Universal Typeface”

A new font called “the universal typeface” is being crowdsourced by the pen company Bic.

The experiment to celebrate its ‘Cristal’ pen becoming the world’s bestseller, with over 100 billion being produced and distributed. The inexpensive ballpoint pen was first launched in 1950 in France and has since become one of the most-used stationery objects around the globe. Nicknaming the product “the universal pen,” Bic has set out to create a generic global handwriting style to match.

Internet users from around the world can contribute to “the universal typeface experiment” by submitting a handwriting sample to the website theuniversaltypeface.com Stylistic features of the typeface can also be explored through categories such as age, gender and employment sector.

“Handwriting is personal and tactile — it is unique to each of us,” asks the brand. “But what would the World’s collective handwriting look like?”

Via New York Daily News
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