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Open Source-Font für Legastheniker

Abelardo Gonzalez hat einen Free Font gegen die Schreib/Leseschwäche Dyslexie entwickelt, den Font unter CC-Lizenz hier als Download, es gibt eine App für iOS, Instapaper unterstützt das ganze und Amazon und Sony haben Interesse für ihre eReader angemeldet. Super und längst überfällig, einer meiner besten Freunde damals in der Schule war Legastheniker und ich weiß, wie schwer das einem das Leben machen kann. (Der Mann leitet heute eine Design Agentur, daher weiß ich auch, dass einem der Scheiß nicht ewig im Weg stehen muss.)

The font, dubbed “OpenDyslexic”, employs a trick in which the bottoms of characters are weighted. Curiously some dyslexic individuals visual processing cortexes rotate images that look slender, making characters appear backwards or upside down. By making the bottom look “heavier” the font reportedly reduces this kind of visual “bug” in the brains of people with this disability.

Mr. Gonzalez wasn’t the first to use this trick, he explained, but he was the first font designer to make an affordable version. He comments in a BBC News interview, “I had seen similar fonts, but at the time they were completely unaffordable and so impractical as far as costs go. 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.”

First Free Digital Font Optimized for Dyslexics Arrives