With one in every 10 people having dyslexia, Aberlardo Gonzales could not have chosen a better time to create the OpenDyslexic font to make reading easier for those with the ailment. The font uses thicker lines at the bottom of letters, which reduces a symptom of dyslexia that causes images to look as though they are rotating.
Gonzales' font is not a completely new idea. Font maker Christian Boer sent a cease and desist letter to Gonzales claiming that Gonzales copied a commercial dyslexic-targeted font. It seems to me that a font like this shouldn't be charged for -- shouldn't everyone be able to read, and isn't that in the best interest of those who are making content as well?
Luckily Gonzales' OpenDyslexic font is still available for free, so check it out.
The OpenDyslexic Font Makes it Easier For Dyslexics to Read
1. Dyslexia-friendly Fonts - Creating fonts specifically designed for dyslexic readers provides an opportunity to improve accessibility and inclusivity in written content.
2. Open Source Typography - The availability of free fonts like OpenDyslexic encourages collaboration and innovation in designing typographical solutions for specific needs.
3. Inclusive Design Solutions - Developing inclusive typographic designs promotes equal access to information and empowers individuals with dyslexia to overcome reading challenges.
1. Education Technology - Integrating dyslexia-friendly fonts into educational tools and platforms can enhance learning experiences for students with dyslexia.
2. Digital Publishing - Publishing companies adopting dyslexia-specific fonts can facilitate better reading experiences and cater to a wider audience.
3. Font Design - Font designers specializing in dyslexia-friendly typography have the chance to contribute to a growing market for inclusive fonts.