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A typeface for dyslexic readers?

I just had an interesting note from Manchester-based type designer Keith Bates - he's developed a typeface specifically for people with dyslexia. It's non-symmetrical and has good ascenders and descenders, which are demonstrably good attributes for clear lettering.

To quote Keith: "We realised that Comic Sans is culturally inappropriate or too whimsical for many uses, older students can feel patronized. It might be good for infant typography and 'Baby on Board' stickers, but its use risks undermining any serious message and appearing condescending to readers with greater visual maturity, and that's particularly important when applied to adolescent and adult literacy."

It's available as a free download from

Posted by Brian 25.7.04 [ page link ]


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