As a person with dyslexia who also loves typography, I wanted to create my own interpretation of a dyslexia-friendly typeface. The main goal was that the typeface would help ease reading difficulties without being too distracting or obvious.
The first step in creating a dyslexia-friendly typeface was to research what makes it difficult for dyslexic people to read. In addition to my own studies, I also referred to the principles of Christian Boer's 2008 typeface "Dyslexie," which was the first dyslexia-friendly typeface.
My research led me to focus on 5 things to include in a typeface that would help make it easier to read. 1. Unique Forms: Counters the "Mirroring Effect" that dyslexia causes. 2. Weighted Letterform Bottoms: Keeps eye grounded to the line, rather than roam the paragraph. 3. Underlying Diagonals: Keep nudge the eye in a left to right direction so the reader is less likely to go backward. 4. Alternating Serifs: Helps make characters more unique as well as subtly acts as a leading and ending point of the letterform. 5. End Punctuation With Extra Space: Giving ending punctuation a little extra space helps signal the end of a sentence and group words in a natural way.
All notifications were made in moderation, therefore the reader picks up the differences without being distracted. Dyslectic successfully eases reading through unique letterforms and uncommon principles, while still being cohesive and appealing to the eye.