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Here's What A Font For Dyslexic People Looks Like

It sort of looks like the Simpsons title font.

Posted on September 20, 2012, at 11:19 a.m. ET

Many traditional fonts are too uniform for dyslexic readers β€”Β the letters share similar shapes and contours, which can result in something called "letter-swapping." Open-Dyslexic is one of a handful of fonts designed to cater to people with dyslexia, and among the first to make inroads into the app world.

Its lumpy, bottom-heavy letter shapes might seem strange, or almost cartoonish. But this style of typography has been proven to reduce reading errors for dyslexics. This video explains how Dyslexie, a similar font, works:

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Open-Dyslexic is free and used by a small number of apps and websites, but recently got a high-profile public endorsement by Marco Arment, who included it in the latest version of the popular Instapaper app. Here's what it looks like:

The move to Instapaper is a particularly powerful one. The app lets you save virtually any web text to be read later, simplifies its formatting and removes ads. It also replaces the font β€”Β something which, before, just made long stories a little bit easier on the eyes. Now, it might make them legible.