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Dyslexie Font on ADCET

October is Dyslexia Awareness month and over the next four weeks ADCET will be using the Dyslexie font as the default font on the website. From November onwards, website visitors will then have the option to choose between the normal font and the Dyslexie font - font options can be found in the top right-hand side of the website.

Christian Boer, the creator of Dyslexie font, has been affected by dyslexia for as long as he can remember. His experience inspired him to design a solution to improve readability for people with dyslexia. Christian combined his graphic design skills with his dyslexia, abandoning traditional typeface design rules, favouring instead the user needs of a dyslexic person. The result? The Dyslexie font.

More about Dylexie font

Dyslexie font is a unique, revolutionary font developed and designed for people with dyslexia to make reading, learning and working easier – and more fun. 

According to typography rules, letters should be shaped symmetrically; a rule that strongly works against people with dyslexia. In creating Dyslexie font, basic typography rules and standards were ignored. Instead Christian allowed the challenges of dyslexia to form his guidelines. The most common reading errors of dyslexia are due to letter swapping, mirroring, changing, turning and melting letters together. In the Dyslexie font, every letter is individually shaped, eliminating the common reading errors of dyslexia. Dyslexie font also offers non-dyslexic people some reading benefits as well.

Studies over the years have confirmed the overwhelmingly positive effect of Dyslexie font. Several pieces of research have shown that both children and adults with dyslexia can read faster and make fewer mistakes using the font.

What’s different about Dyslexie font

Heavy bottom. The center of gravity is placed at the bottom, avoiding turning letters upside down, while adding a clear base line. 

Inclined letters. Let's face it, who doesn't confuse ''b" with "d"? Letters that look alike are placed slightly inclined, which makes them easier to distinguish.

Enlarged openings. The openings of the Dyslexie font letters are enlarged. This way letters look less alike and will be easily recognized by their shape.

Other shapes. The shapes of the letters that look alike are adjusted subtly, which decreases the chance of switching and mirroring them.

Longer sticks. Some Dyslexie font letters have longer sticks, which helps to decrease switching letters while reading.

Capital letters and punctuation. Punctuation marks and capital letters are bold, emphasizing the breaks, endings and beginnings of phrases.

Various heights. Letters that look alike are differentiated by several levels. This way each Dyslexie font letter is a unique character, avoiding letter swapping.

Higher x-height. The height of the letters is increased, whereas the width isn’t. This adds 'air' to the Dyslexie font letters, making them easier to distinguish.

Better spacing. The distance between individual letters and words is enlarged, which makes reading more convenient and avoids the crowding effect.

Further information about Dyslexie font can be found on the Dyslexie font website,