Dyslexie font and a blandishment of books

Wednesday 11th January 2012
Crossfire & And the Land Lay Still: Penguin cove.rs

Books from authors Dick and Felix Francis and Jame Robertson published by Penguin carrying interestingly similar graphic schemes, in a one fit all approach, though the content differs considerably.
'The Art of Fixing Things' by Canadian, Lawrence Pierce is for the home repair novice, with tips for car maintenance and general tool guide. None of these however as yet make use of a new font from Netherlands Studiostudio which has released Dyslexie for the dyslexic challenged readers.

In a study undertaken by the University of Twente, Netherlands is based on a belief that the 26 letters of the alphabet have many look alike letters such as v/w, i/j and m/n which dyslexic confuse.

Creating a new typeface or font, which dyslexic Christian Boer  (left) did, where the differences in these letters are emphasised, found dyslexic people reading made fewer errors.

"If you treat letters as pictures — 3D objects — and tie them down, that’s what I have done in this typeface. Now the people say the letters don’t dance anymore and it’s quieter in their heads to read this. They don’t make a lot of mistakes anymore, and it’s much easier to read."

Whether book publishers will see the appeal remains to be seen but Dyslexie is an amazingly clear typeface.

Gaberlunzie has been dwaddling slightly over reviewing The Art of Fixing Things and then decided to cheat and give it to his local orra man friend for a handyman's comment.

The book is apparently ideal for the novice, with information on the main tools needed for car and household maintenance, as well as offering tips and hints for easier and more efficient tool use.

Perhaps the only criticism is that being a black and white publication, perhaps the photo's could have benefitted from a higher, sharper resolution. But that could be the dyslexic talking!!

The Dick and Felix Francis "Crossfire" is the usual compulsive Francis reading that interweaves the army, Afghan, prosthesis, horses, VAT payments and general business sculduggery.

Gaberlunzie has to confess that James Robertson "And the Land Lay Still" totally ensnared him with its Edwin Morgan poem "The Summons" and the author's brilliant prose prelude to Part One, The Mouth in the Box. 




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