Norwich University of the Arts

A new font to help dyslexic people

A font designed to help adult dyslexic readers was developed by Dr Rob Hillier, a graphic artist, while working as a Senior Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts.

Dr Hillier’s research and development of the font - called Sylexiad - involved testing designs against other fonts recommended by dyslexia organisations.

The Sylexiad family of fonts was produced in 2006 through reader testing called developmental typeface testing that measured the readability and legibility of numerous texts.

Dr Hillier monitored the response of both dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers to text set as individual characters, words, sentences and paragraphs in a variety of fonts, including standard fonts such as Arial and Times New Roman. Dr Hillier’s findings revealed the typographic features that are preferred by both adult dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers. Since then, Sylexiad has been used by writers and publishers around the world.