Based on Research and Articles 

Lots of different research bits and articles helped inspire and direct the development of OpenDyslexic. Here is a list of some:



The following studies are of or including OpenDyslexic (2). These were not commissioned by me, and are independent of any influence of mine outside of clarifications. They are in no particular order. The below will link to the studies as I upload them.

  • OpenDyslexic Font: Impact on the Reading Accuracy and Comprehension of Key Stage 2 Readers with Dyslexia, Liz Broadbent, 2018
  • Good Fonts for Dyslexia, Towards Universally Accessible Typography: A Review of Research on Dyslexia, James E. Jackson Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
  • The impact of font type on reading,  Stephanie Hoffmeister, Eastern Michigan University 2016
  • The Effects Of The Font Dyslexie On Oral Reading Fluency Skills In Students Grades 8 Through 12 With And Without Reading Disabilities, Jessie Rae Ramsey
  • Do People with Dyslexia Need Special Reading Software? Luz Rello & Simone D. J. Barbosa
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applied to dyslexia: literature review, Luciana Cidrim & Francisco Madeiro
  • Search and find? An accessibility study of dyslexia and information retrieval, Gerd Berget
  • Contrast and font affect reading speeds of adolescents with and without a need for language- based learning support, Heiner Böttger, Julia Dose and Tanja Müller
  • A Research on Readable Japanese Typography for Dyslexic Children and Students: Creating Japanese Typefaces for Dyslexic Readers, Shohei Yamada and Xinru Zhu
  • The Effects of Fonts on Reading Performance for Those with Dyslexia: A Quasi-Experimental Study, Maya Grigorovich-Barsky
  • How does the use of an e-reader as opposed to print on paper impact the accuracy of decoding comprehension and motivation of the young dyslexic reader, Liz Broadbent
  • The possibilities of ICT use for compensation of difficulties with reading in pupils with dyslexia, Pavel Zikla*, Iva Košek Bartošováb, Kateřina Josefová Víškovác, Klára Havlíčkovád, Alice Kučírkováe, Jolana Navrátilováf, Barbora Zetkovág Institute of Primary and Preprimary Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanskeho


Typefaces that helped inspire OpenDyslexic?

Andika, Apple Casual, Lexia Readable, Sassoon, Comic Sans.

OpenDyslexic 3:

Suggestions from French and Canadian teachers, particularly Charade-Estel, whose more significant suggestions never quite made it into OpenDyslexic 2.

The newest version of OpenDyslexic includes these changes.

Typefaces that helped inspire the look:

Signika, Chalkboard SE, Baskerville, Source Sans Pro, Consolas, Averia