OpenDyslexic font – what do you think of it? (Feedback please)

I am looking for feedback on a new font – although this blog does not support as yet.
(See attachments at the end of this post – two Word formats and a PDF to try and ensure you can all see it, although you may need to download the font first)

I know we have several dyslexic members in Bridgend Green Party and I would be keen to hear from them as to whether this font helps them. I am also keen to hear if people without dyslexia find this font off putting at all. Depending on the responses we get, we can look in to using as our default font for party communications and – if it works – on the blog too.

It is an open access font created to help dyslexic readers. Bottom heavy and unique character shapes help prevent letters and numbers from being confused.

OpenDyslexic by Abelardo Gonzalez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This means as long as you visibly give credit you can use this on your Ebook, Ebook reader, actual physical books, web sites etc.

You can load and install it very easily from here: http://www.dafont.com/open-dyslexic.font

OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typefaces includes regular,bold,italic and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution.

Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of “gravity” to each letter helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.

OpenDyslexic also takes a different approach to italic styles. It is generally recommended that italics be avoided in reading material for dyslexia. However instead of taking the normal approach of “slant x% for italic” OpenDyslexic’s italic style has been crafted to allow for its use for emphasis while maintaining readability.
(Source: http://dyslexicfonts.com/ )

So what do people think?

Andy

Attachments – document in this font:

OpenDyslexic font.docx

OpenDyslexic font.doc

OpenDyslexic font.pdf

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