Dyslexie versus OpenDyslexic

June 11th, 2014 Update: Dyslexie font is now FREE for home users. Click here to download.

November 22nd, 2015 Update: All links to the Dyslexie website have been updated

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.

Interestingly, Christian Boer also developed a font aimed at individuals with dyslexia called Dyslexie which was released in 2008 (about four years before OpenDyslexic).

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Is OpenDyslexic Font Easier to Read for People with Dyslexia?

I initially discussed OpenDyslexic font in a previous post and linked to a couple of reviews. One of the reviews was by Mike James, a programmer with dyslexia. James stated that “…it was a relief to get back to a standard font” after trying it out.

It seems that James is not alone in his opinion. I received a critique of the font from a programmer with dyslexia. The programmer (who prefers not to have his name used) echoed James’ opinion. He felt the font was not useful for programming, but it could help with general reading if it were in large print. Continue reading

OpenDyslexic Font

This review by Mike James of I Programmer discusses the potential benefit of a new font geared specifically for people with dyslexia. The font is called OpenDyslexic, it is free, and can be downloaded from this website. The font’s letters have “heavy-weighted bottoms” with the purpose of making the font easier to read. It is also supposed to help prevent letter-swapping and allow readers to more easily distinguish between letters.

Alphabet and Numbers in OpenDyslexic Font – Source

Mike James, a programmer with dyslexia, discusses his personal view of the font as well as how this could help the dyslexic community as a whole and programmers with dyslexia. James states that its benefits cannot truly be measured until there is some scientific testing, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

Check out the review here as well as a report by BBC News

–Rita W. El-Haddad


OpenDyslexic Font Example – Source