Within a designer’s mind sits a persistent voice that fights to create the perfect balance between form and function. This is particularly true in the craft of typography, it requires a precise skill to make it absolutely flawless – every line, curve, point, and pica has to be exact. However, there comes a time when we need to let go of our preconceived notions and realize that it’s actually hindering others from learning.
Christian Boer did just this by creating Dyslexie, a functional typeface that makes it easier for dyslexics to read faster with less mistakes. The letterforms aren't perfect, the shapes are inconsistent and the angles are completely off. Yet in someone else’s eyes, it couldn’t be more right.
For those with dyslexia, it’s very difficult to recognize individual characters when reading because they are designed to be similar by mirroring each other. For example, a lower case b d and p are all the same, just flipped and rotated. So by changing all of this, it allows dyslexics to distinguish each letter from the rest.
With digital now being our main form of communication, how can we expand beyond just a typeface? Take Spritz and Word Lens for example, these apps throw out the convention of visual form to make lives easier on a functional level. They help translate the world around us across various languages and break outside the normal patterns of reading. Integrating platforms like these can create better experiences for those with reading disabilities.