Stealing Sheep for Dyslexia

quadibloc's picture

I saw this web page

http://www.creativepro.com/article/towards-typographic-prescription-dyslexia

which surprised me because the typeface Renner, a historically interesting revival from the de Vinne Press, is among those recommended - and it also shows wide spacing between letters as helpful.

Nick Shinn's picture

I don’t think general principles are of much use in typography that targets specific demographic groups with specific information.

In marketing, which has been doing this for at least a century (i.e. since Starch), focus groups and split runs have been found to be most effective.

Now we have agile design, which is a more sophisticated version of such methods.

So I would say, by all means be open-minded and try unusual spacing, if designing typography for a dyslexic audience of one kind or another, but test it against other options.

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