Typography Book Explores What It Feels Like To Have Dyslexia
“Being dyslexic, one thing always stood out,” Sam Barclay explains in his Kickstarter video. “The available help was always aimed at making me read better. Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like to struggle with reading.”
With this in mind, Barclay embarked on a typographic journey to translate the experience of dyslexia in a manner as beautiful as it was educational. The result is “I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Dyslexic,” a design-led journey into the struggle of dyslexia that celebrates the spaces for alternative understanding along the way.
“Manipulating language through the use of typography has always appealed to me,” Barclay writes in his statement. “What interests me, is the challenges of generating an outcome that questions the users experience in the most exciting way.”
In Barclay’s visionary creation, somewhere between a coffee table book and a textbook, letters morph into shapes which meander, swap places and play tricks on the eye. Frustrating yet fascinating, the book reveals a space between words and meaning where new interpretations of language are possible.
“People that have difficulty reading are often capable of thinking in ways that others aren’t,” Barclay explains. “Encouraging those with reading difficulties… to excel in ways that make sense to them is not just important, it’s crucial.”
To fund his project, Barclay is attempting to raise approximately $23,000 on Kickstarter by November 28. Take a look at Barclay’s book below and see how you can help move his project forward on Kickstarter.