daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface
daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface
jun 04, 2015

daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface

daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface 
all images courtesy of daniel britton




dyslexia is an everyday issue for british graphic design daniel britton. the condition — difficulty in the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes — affects on average one in ten in the UK. one of the most common learning disabilities, it is at this time still greatly misunderstood, and even more so miscommunicated. britton’s ‘dyslexia’ typeface attempts to show those without just how impairing it can be.

layer one and layer two (red) of the dyslexic alphabet




the typeface breaks down the reading time of non-dyslexics to roughly the same speed as someone who struggles with the issue. letters are split into two, with only one section provided at a time. in two-dimensions, reading any text is extremely difficult. in the third dimension, britton stacks both parts directly on top of the other. from straight on, the text is perfectly legible. however, a slight move to the left or right quickly confuses the words. by forcing the viewer to have to physically work to read a simple poster, britton hopes to convey the aggravation, stress, effort, and embarrassment that dyslexics face on a daily basis.

daniel britton dyslexia typeface designboom
layer one sample text

3D poster from straight ahead

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viewed from side

with steep viewing angle

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deconstructing the alphabet



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • This alphabet is very interesting and helps me to understand the difficulties dyslexics face. I can read the examples very slowly or not at all. But now the real question – how do we design a typeface or writing convention to help dyslexics to read faster and more easily? Would it help if all characters had reflection symmetry such as A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, X,Y? What if words were reflected, the->theeht etc? More symmetric words used, e.g. noon? Would sentence structure have to change? Are certain words (or letters) more problematic than others? Should there be an app for this? Is the problem being mitigated by OCR type readers?
    PS: Is it PC to say “dsylexics” or should I say “people with dsylexia”?

    Frank Chambers says:

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