Ever Wonder What It's Like to Have Dyslexia? Try Reading This Font

Typeface designer Daniel Britton wanted people without dyslexia to feel his frustration firsthand.

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There are many lame jokes made at the expense of millions of Americans who have dyslexia. But aside from punchlines, what do you really know about the condition? Most of us have heard that people with dyslexia get letters flipped and switched — but that's actually not true for all sufferers, and it's far from the only problem that comes with the common learning disability.

That's why Daniel Britton, a London designer who has lived with dyslexia his entire life, decided to create a special font that mimics how dyslexia affects a person's ability to read.

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Britton started with the well-known font Helvetica as his base and removed 40 percent of each letter, Science of Us reports. His goal was not to reproduce exactly what he sees when he reads, but rather to recreate the emotional experience that he has when he reads.

"What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic," Britton wrote about the project on his website. "I wanted to make non-Dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text."

Of course, dyslexia doesn't manifest itself in the same way for everyone who suffers from it, and not every person who has dyslexia will relate to this project. But, ultimately, we think Britton really got his point across.

Want to learn more about Britton's Dyslexic Typeface project? Head over to his website at danielbritton.info.

[h/t Science of Us]

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