June 11th, 2014 Update: Dyslexie font is now FREE for home users. Click here to download).
We recently heard a lot of about the now-famous OpenDyslexic font developed by Abelardo Gonzalez. The font has been praised by some, received mixed-reviews, or seen as not serving its intended purpose by others (also discussed on this blog in a different post). Regardless, many are implementing the font. A quick check of the OpenDyslexic Facebook page or “Products” section of the website will show just how many apps, sites, and books are using OpenDyslexic.
Below is a video about the font.
Like OpenDyslexic, there are websites, such as Friends of Quinn, and books which are using Dyslexie, as described here. Dyslexie is not free, however. It goes for $69 for private, home use (UPDATE: Christian Boer left a comment on this post on June 11th, 2014 letting us know that the Dyslexie font is now FREE for home users. Click here to download).
In addition, Christian Boer cites that research at the University of Twente supports that Dyslexie font is easier for individuals with dyslexia to read. A 2010 Master’s thesis on the font is available and a full report for 2012 can be found here. This, I believe is helpful in demonstrating the usefulness of the font. Research studies should also be conducted using OpenDyslexic to further substantiate what users are reporting – that it is helping them read.
The release of OpenDyslexic caused some controversy as Gonzalez received a “cease and desist” order from Boer claiming copyright infringement. Other sources describing the dispute can be found here and here. Despite these potential setbacks and controversy, both Dyslexie and OpenDyslexic are widely being used with praise from their respective users.
–Rita W. El-Haddad