Riona Moore is building a dyslexia-accommodating typeface for a Final Project at the University of the Arts in London. She requested feedback on her work, and I thought it was fantastic. It is another choice in typefaces that emphasize readability and unique character shapes. She even takes into account a few of the suggestions made to OpenDyslexic over the years.
The typeface is a unique design, and I’m sure the design will appeal to many of you reading this. She’s even set up a Tumblr detailing her design process. This is something I had wanted to do with OpenDyslexic3, but just never had the time to do. Below is a summary of her project she wanted me to share. She is looking for feedback.
Hi, my name is Riona Moore. I’m currently in my final year at the University of the Arts London, doing a course in BA Graphic Design and Communication studies. For my final major project I have been designing a typeface for people with dyslexia. I understand there are already other typefaces that have been designed for this purpose like Dyslexie, Open Dyslexic, etc. but have found that these typefaces are not found to be useful for all readers. Dyslexic readers have different font preferences and different problems with reading so one typeface is never going to be perfect for everyone. I’ve created a font with a different style to previous dyslexic typefaces while taking into account the font characteristics listed on the British Dyslexia Association website as being preferable for Dyslexic readers, as well as based on what people didn’t like about previous dyslexic typefaces in order to give people an alternative font option.
My font has long ascenders and descenders on the t,y,p,f,j as well as wide openings in the e, and c. Certain letters have been designed to ensure they don’t look similar and are easily distinguishable such as a from o/d, G from C, rn from m, u/v, Q from O, b/d, Capital I from lowercase l.
Since the purpose of my font is to provide another option for dyslexic users, which is clear and easy to read and has more distinct letterforms, I need to test it out with my target audience and see how it is received. Any feedback/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.