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By emphasizing the differences between letters, a graphic designer has created a font that should make reading and spelling easier for dyslexics.
Most of the 15 to 20 percent of people in the United States who have a language-based disability suffer from dyslexia, a condition that makes reading and comprehension difficult. Those who suffer from dyslexia often transpose or rotate letters (a b becomes a q; an n becomes and u), and they have difficulty differentiating letters that look similar, such as i and j. Those who suffer from severe dyslexia might even see the letters moving, or in three dimensions, as they try to read them. All of these factors greatly impede the speed and clarity with which they can read.
A Dutch graphic designer and dyslexic, Christian Boer, developed a font specifically for dyslexic readers. It's designed to make letters more distinct from each other and to keep them tied down, so to speak, so that the reader is less likely to flip them in their minds. The letters in the font are also spaced wide apart to make reading them easier.
Boer introduced an English language version of the font, which is called Dyslexie, late last year. It's available for purchase, in either English or Dutch, from Boer's website. The font can be used on either the Mac or Windows operating system, but not on devices such as iPads. However, a software company called LingApps says it will soon offer an assistive reading and writing application for iPad that uses Dyslexie.
Boer created the font as part of his thesis at the Utrecht School of the Arts (he has since graduated). He says the font's effectiveness has been twice tested -- once in an informal way among eight dyslexic students he did not know, and later as the subject of a formal, scientific analysis as part of a University of Twente student's thesis. In each study, results suggested that the font helped. Participants said the font allowed them to read for a longer time and with better comprehension, compared to other fonts.
A number of U.S. schools are now using the font, says Boer. But there's not yet been any major study by a educational system or government to gauge the font's value in teaching young dyslexics how to read.
If you're dyslexic (or even if you're not) and are interested in whether it works, you can check out the Dyslexie website, which uses the font, of course. And check out Scientific American's deeper dive into the project, which includes a link to a Dyslexie version of the article, so you can compare it to the magazine website's font.
And for details on how Boer made the font, check out this video:
Via: Scientific American
- Author’s note: The original version of this post stated that Christian Boer attended the University of Twente. That is incorrect; he attended Utrecht School of the Arts. It has been corrected. I regret the error.
Feb 13, 2012
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It doesn't prevent seeing b as d or p as q. It doesn't prevent seeing 'dog' as 'god', 'bad' as 'dab', or 'time' as 'item'. It doesn't prevent seeing '4/5' as '5/4'. It doesn't prevent seeing '205-6631' as '205-6613'. It doesn't prevent reading 'let sit 5 mins, then stir' as 'stir, then let sit 5 min'. It doesn't prevent someone from saying "turn left" when he means "turn right." The dyslexic in my life does all these things from time to time, and more. The solution to dyslexia isn't a special typeface; it's learning coping mechanisms. For example, POINT in the correct direction to turn. Repeat back telephone numbers backwards. Budget more time for reading (and more time for LEARNING to read). This typeface might help a bit. Just don't think it's THE solution.
This font is too expensive for many,my daughter who tutors dyslexic people agrees with me. Many Dyslexics come from disadvantaged families.They wont be able to afford it.
Actually, the typeface is interesting in its own right. Many readers will have problems reading certain typefaces in small sizes, sans serif, etc. So it can be useful even for readers without a full dyslexia problem. Might be useful in tablet and phone displays which are usually too small. The readability techniques described can be applied to other typefaces as well.. While commercial typefaces can be sold, few will pay high prices for personal, computer use, however.
Please, PLEASE get the distinction right! We are only talking about a FONT when a TYPEFACE is used in a particular size (e.g. 12 point), style (e.g. Italic or Roman), and weight (e.g. bold, normal, light) etc. Dyslexie, Helvetica, Times, Bodoni, Futura etc are all TYPEFACES.
So I went to go buy a copy for me to use on my computer from work that I carry around the world. Can't buy the personal copy since the font would have to be used on a computer that stays at home. Can't buy the business one for my company out of my own pocket because it can only be used at the relevant physical location and I wouldn't even be able to use it in presentations at my company. No problem for me if someone wants to use screwy licensing rights. I hope they don't mind if I don't buy their product.
Dyslexia is not a single disorder anymore than Autism is. Rather, it is a whole host of disorders, and therefore does not have a single cure or treatment. Much like Autism, Dyslexia is a communications disorder mostly in reception. The disorder Dyslexia makes it so that what the Dyslexic reader reads is not 1:1 (1 for 1) compared to what I read (non-Dyslexic reader). The result is a frustrated reader (or readers) who may eventually give up in frustration, and may fall through the cracks in the educational system. The same can also hold true in writing. Because of the many facets and ways in which Dyslexia may manifest or show itself. Because of the complexities and individualities and differences in which Dyslexia manifests itself, they solutions, treatments, or adaptations to cope with the disorder are of necessity equally varied and nuanced. I have ADHD and have learned different methods and techniques to cope with and adapt, not to be "normal' but to be able to live a happy and successful life and that is the most important thing. That said, I agree with what others have said as far as giving the font solution away for personal use and charging for business use, including educational businesses.
Why not just correct the underlying problems causing the dyslexia? I have seen many dyslexics corrected completely by good cognitive visual integration therapy - why make a whole industry out of the condition?
"...Dyselxie version of the article, so you can compare it to the magazine website???s font. ..." *Dyslexie #corrections
This is similar to the work I did on the thesis for my first master's degree, in 1972. I had confusability matrix data for two fonts, one designed for aesthetic qualities and the other for mutual distinctiveness. I gridded these fonts and processed them through a two-dimensional Fourier transform into the two-dimensional frequency domain. I then ran correlations against all pairs, expecting correlations to align with the confusability ranking. I discovered that although the correlations didn't match the experimental data, but if I first convolved each frequency spectrum with the frequency-domain data of the '/' character, that the correlations very strongly matched the confusability. (The test data were collected from images projected by a modified slide projector. The physical analogy is that the vision system seems to scan images from top left to bottom right, passing a "slit window" across the image.) The conclusion of the thesis is that it is possible to design a font and calculate metrics for its confusability (converse of mutual distinctiveness). It is not necessary to run tests on human subjects. The work was done at New Mexico State University.
But why is Boer charging for his font from other dyslexics? That's not the way to help fellow sufferers. This leaves the door open for anyone else with a better free font, and then Boer's font will be forgotten.
The Dyslexie system is just the right way to help young children learn to read and write. As it shows the different between some letters that are very similar to one another as i, j; when just learning to read and write, it will help identity those with reading problems.
I was brought up to believe that the word inflammable referred to something that you could set on fire easily. At that time I was told there was no such word as "flammable". Turns out, that was too confusing for the great unwashed and they decided to create that word and not only that, they made it more popular than the previous. Happens to words all the time. Common misusage makes the English language (to misquote an old quote). You are pissing against the wind. What is the bet Dyslexie, Helvetica, Times, Bodini etc will one day be listed as examples of the dictionary definition of "Font"? LMAO. It has already started! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCR-A_font
Same as the industry that now keeps marijuana illegal, simply to support themselves as the testers and incarcerators. Marijuana was originally made illegal for the purposes of the paper/chemical industry, because they could make a (much!) better profit by manufacturing the chemicals needed to soften and break up the wood pulp -- wood they could get for practically free, from their own bought and paid for pet national government. Marijuana would not fill their "needs," because it required NO chemicals at all (besides water) to manufacture paper from it. Not only that, but hemp paper is superior in EVERY way, to wood-based paper. One more example of the way our "economic" system works against our own long-term interests.
OpenDyslexic is free: http://dyslexicfonts.com
My guess is that a lot of work went into the font, he surely has the right to make some money off of it. Now I will say that I think his price is too high for personal use. Really, what I would do is make it free for personal use, but charge for business and educational use.
with "orc" but I did discover while researching this post that other fonts have been developed for dyslexics in the past.
OCR means Optical Character Recognition, and its only relation to an actual font is that OCR -- which is an algorithmic PROCESS -- .... READS the fonts. Again, OCR is NOT a font ... OR a typeface...