The free ‘gravity’ font that could make reading online easier for dyslexia sufferers
It looks looks almost like a ‘melted’ page, but in fact this is the font that could help dyslexia sufferers read online.
A free-to-use font created by Abelardo Gonzalez, it has a heavier bottom to give letters ‘gravity’ – making it less likely the brain will rotate them and confuse sufferers.
The fonts are now available for mobile phones, and its creator hopes it will become commonplace online.
The font is being available for free online in a bid to boost its use.
“Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters,’ said Abelardo (Abbie) Gonzalez, a New Hampshire-based mobile app designer, who released his designs onto the web at the end of last year.
‘OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening.
The developers have also created a free browser for iPhones using the font, allowing dyslexia sufferers to easily read web pages on the move.
‘Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of ‘gravity’ to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters.
‘Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text.
‘The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.’
Although other, paid for, fonts exist, Gonzalez said he wanted to build a free version.
‘I had seen similar fonts, but at the time they were completely unaffordable and so impractical as far as costs go,” he told the BBC.
‘I figured there’s other people who would like the same thing but had the same issues, and so I thought I’d make an open source one that everyone could contribute to and help out with.’
He says the response to the font has been overwhelming.
‘I’ve had people emailing saying this is the first time they could read text without it looking wiggly or has helped other symptoms of dyslexia.’
There are other, similar fonts being sold that are geared towards people with dyslexia.
In 2010 ‘Dyslexie,’ a font developed by Dutch designer Christian Boer, was shown to increase reading accuracy (though not speed) in people with dyslexia in a master’s thesis study at the University of Twente, according to the Boston Globe.