Did you ever wonder what it was like to read with dyslexia? If you are a person who does not suffer from this learning disability, it’s difficult to understand what people with dyslexia experience. In a recent article in
, we discovered an interesting exercise that helps non-dyslexic people better understand the challenge of living with dyslexia.
The Dyslexia Font
Dan Britton, a graphic designer from the UK, has created a typeface that helps non-dyslexic people experience the frustration that people with dyslexia feel when trying to read. This typeface is not supposed to be an actual representation of what the dyslexic person sees, but rather, it helps to mimic the disconnect and show what a challenge it is to read with dyslexia.
To create the font, Britton removed about 40 percent of each letter. For instance, the curved bottom of the letter “J” or the left half of the letter “V”. The result is a typeface that is readable, but requires much more time and effort to discern each letter.
Making Dyslexia Relatable
“I think the promotional material for dyslexia is awful," said Britton. “'It doesn't convey anything. It conveys no emotion, and no message. People don't understand it because graphically there is no bridge. I needed to stimulate and recreate the frustration, the embarrassment and the outright effort it is to read the daily type."
Here is an example of what this text feels like to read. Give it a shot:
Dyslexia Font Translation
If you had trouble reading this, here is the translation:
This typography is not designed to recreate what it would be like to read to read if you were dyslexic it is designed to simulate the feeling of reading with dyslexia by slowing the reading time of the viewer down to a speed of which someone who has dyslexia would read.
Britton’s friends who first saw the typeface immediately had that, “I get it now,” reaction he’d been looking for. They could, at least, understand the challenges he faced. “That's all I wanted to achieve; that light bulb moment,” Britton said.
Dyslexia Is a Processing Issue
No one knows the exact cause of dyslexia, but recent research has shown that the difficulty lies in how the brain interprets the information it’s being given. It is not a visual problem, but more of a processing issue within the brain. At Pheno Brain Training,
to process things differently. If you, or your child, has been diagnosed with dyslexia, Pheno Brain Training can help. Our founder, George Hersh, was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 30 years old. After trying dozens of ways to overcome it, he finally found the
program at age 37. He was so impressed and so eager to help others overcome their learning disabilities, he founded Pheno Brain Training.