I felt compelled to create a font that helps those with dyslexia improve their reading comprehension while looking sleek and visually pleasing. As a designer who is dyslexic, my favorite fonts are difficult for me to read, thus making my work prone to typos. This may not cure Dyslexia, but my goal was ease the struggle.
I began researching about dyslexia, trying to see what has worked for the majority of dyslexics and explored my own experiences as a dyslexic. I found that comic sans is the only widely known font that has been said to help dyslexic people, not that it was created with that intention; It works because the glyph differ visually. Serif fonts are too complex so I eradicated that option as it sucks for dyslexics. Long and tall fonts are also aesthetic garbage in my eyes, so that was a no. The smaller gaps between letter forms make it harder to distinguish the characters.
I knew I would have to create variations within my glyphs, but still wanted to keep a cohesive, visually pleasing font. I noted any groups or couples of letters that were visually similar and those that I have had trouble with in the past. From there, I began working on variations, like varying bowl shapes, loops, and descenders. To keep things cohesive, I kept the x-height short, the width of the letters very wide, and used a consistent line weight. My theory is: when the visual challenges are few, the task of comprehension becomes easier.
Things that help me read better.
Wide kerning, handwriting, comic sans, variations in p, q, b, d, etc.
Researcher, Typographer, Dyslexic Person