Does This Font Truly Help Dyslexic Readers to Read?

Illustration for article titled Does This Font Truly Help Dyslexic Readers to Read?

I'm not dyslexic, so I really have no way of judging whether this is bogus or the real deal. But 1 in 10 people have it, and for them I hope this is legit.

Advertisement

The font, called OpenDyslexic, was created by Aberlardo Gonzalez and it is open-sourced and free to be used outside of attribution, without restriction.

Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.

OpenDyslexic also takes a different approach to italic styles. It is generally recommended that italics be avoided in reading material for dyslexia. However, instead of taking the normal approach of "slant x% for italic," OpenDyslexic's italic style has been crafted to allow for its use for emphasis while maintaining readability.

Advertisement

Download OpenDyslexic for free here, then let me know what you think. Does it work? [OhGizmo]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

Im dyslexic and honestly this font gave me a headache. Like legitimately it hurt to read anything typed in it. I never knew I was dyslexic till 12th grade when my pre calc teacher saw how I did math, Id flip numbers verbally, but write properly if I was doing problems on the board, Id get the answer right. When spelling and reading lists sometimes I flip what Im saying sometimes I just brain fart and substitute words.. Thats when I realized

I did this constantly but my brain self corrected to get the right answer, since I was always an A+ student no one ever noticed it, cause Id normally do the work in my head. But yeah, I digress, that font really made it hard to read, and Im normally a fast reader.