History of the Dyslexie font

2008:

Christian Boer was to graduate from the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht. During his school years he tried to avoid thinking about everything related to reading and dyslexia, but then he started thinking about solutions. He first considered the idea of a colored letter layout. He learned about rotating and reversing letter imagining and came to the following conclusion: people with dyslexia have problems recognizing letters and 2D objects. This problem does not occur if they see 3D objects. That is when the idea came to him to design the Dyslexie font. From this premise, all letters are approached as 3D objects and then transformed to 2D letters.

All the basic rules of how a font should be developed were thrown overboard. Hia teachers did not always support his idea, but, fortunately, one teacher with dyslexia urged him to develop the idea. Christian Boer worked on the font day and night for six months. After six months he developed the foundation for the font with great success. He graduated with a "bachelor with honors" in graphic design at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht.

2009:

After the positive response from a test group, Christian decided to make the font freely available on the internet.

A week after the font was online, the provider hosting his website called him. He was told that the website was generating so much data traffic that he now had to pay a minimum of € 50.00 per day. To put that in perspective, he was at the time still working at the Hema department store for € 2.35 per hour. In other words, he would have to work 20 hours just to keep his font online. That was not really a viable option, so he decided to sell the font through licensing.

The first schools showed an interest in the font. The first manual was hand-made and boxes were bought to make the packaging.

After a few small blogs discussed the font, word about the Dyslexie font spread quickly in the Netherlands.

2010:

At the end of December, Renske de Leeuw graduated from the University of Twente. She graduated with a thesis about the Dyslexie Font. 

2011: 

The Dutch media widely covered the Dyslexie font after it won its first prize at the Smart Urban Stage, Amsterdam. After a wave of media attention in the Netherlands, things subsided during the summer holidays. However, during his holiday abroad, the foreign media started calling. The Dyslexie font website was only in Dutch and built using Flash. 

Upon returning from the holidays, the first orders were waiting, and a new website and foreign manuals had to be developed quickly.

TedXDubai: Christian Boer is invited to give a presentation in Dubai.

Companies like Shell, Google, and Pixar are getting in touch, wanting to offer the font to their employees.

2012: 

Typing course typetopia was introduced in the Dyslexia font, with great success.

The first book, "Adventures of glass", is printed in the font and published.

Other publishers in the Netherlands followed, among them Bruna, Kluitman and Dyslexion. Several apps are released on the market. 

2013: 

Finalist at the Index Award, Design to Improve Life Awards Copenhagen

Fast Company finalist Award for Innovation By Design New York

Rabobank first prize “New Generation Pitch” Utrecht

2014: 

Books using the font are published internationally, among them Henry Wrinkler's "Hank Zipster"

Christian, the designer, wants the Dyslexie font to be free to use for individuals. 

The Biënnale in Turkey – the international media is giving it their full attention.

2015:

Victory and Albert Museum London gave a presentation on "What the font".

Toys using the font appear on the market

The Diary of Anne Frank is printed in the font.

1000 titles are added to the number of books using the Dyslexie Font.

Start-Bee: a new project involving the Dyslexie font, to teach children to write. As improving how to write will enhance the reading abilities of a child with dyslexia.

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Dyslexie font

Dyslexie font
around the world

What is dyslexia?