Adapting scripts

Even the most commonly used script does not suit everybody. Many people find the written word difficult to decipher.

Two million people in Britain are severely dyslexic. Many of these people experience specific problems with their vision when reading. This might mean that a page of written text appears washed out, or that it has river and swirl effects (enlarge the image above to see them all).

Read Regular is an example of a typeface designed specifically to help people with dyslexia to read and write more effectively. Each individual letter is distinctive. For example,  b is not a mirror of d as it is in normal fonts, as this mirroring can confuse the eye.

The letter shapes in the Read Regular font are simple and consistent, and have been stripped of all unnecessary details. Ascenders (the part of a letter that extends above the midline, as with b d f h k l) - and descenders (parts that extend below the baseline, as with g j p q y) are designed long, so that they are clearly legible. Inner shapes, such as those within o e a u and the openings in e and g are emphasised so that they do not appear to close in.