The typeface used on this website was considered in order to align with research done about the impact of digital fonts upon Dyslexic readers.
Dyslexia affects 70,000 school children in New Zealand and statistically speaking one in 10 people. Dyslexia is a condition which impacts upon a persons ability to process numeracy and literacy, we considered existing research when deciding on a typeface, some of this research is below.
A 2002 study as in Dickinson, Gregor, & Newell, found that participants with dyslexia preferred fonts that were “straightforward, clear, basic, and rounded” the study also found that spaces between letters and lines was assistive, we have spaced out our typography design in consideration of this and used a font which is clear and supports an easy-read. Furthermore it was considered by those in the study that the application of ‘bold’ on the font had a negative impact as it meant that letters appeared more condensed to the reader, so they were more likely to flip, swap or confuse letters. In response to this we will use the ‘bold’ functionality sparingly.
“Literature suggests that personal preference for typography, typeface, and font type and size influences the legibility and readability for each person whether he/she has dyslexia or not. However, research does appear to show that there is a relationship between fonts, reading accuracy, and reading speed. With more and more individuals being diagnosed with dyslexia, there will be more inventions attempting to ease individuals’ frustration while reading.”
– The impact of font type on reading. Stephanie Hoffmeister
“While there remain challenges to understanding how typography affects the readability of text for individuals with dyslexia, the existing research demonstrates tremendous potential for developing reading technology that can support the widest range of users. In particular, both the research and design challenges point towards the potential of digital reading environments, especially mobile technology.”
– Towards Universally Accessible Typography: A Review of Research on Dyslexia. James E Jackson
As this field of enquiry expands we commit to reconsidering our typefaces in light of new research and discoveries.