A Typeface for Dyslexic and Reluctant Readers
Dr. Robert Hillier designed and developed the Sylexiad range of typefaces for adult dyslexic readers, as part of his doctoral research, producing a PhD called A Typeface for the Adult Dyslexic Reader (2006). Hillier has presented his research findings at numerous design institutions and conferences, including the Design Principles and Practices Conferences at the University of California in Los Angeles (2012) and the University Center in Chicago (2015), and also at the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) typography and typeface design conference in Reykjavík (2011).
Dr. Hillier’s research involved the design and testing of a new typeface developed and informed from a dyslexic perspective against other typefaces recommended by dyslexia organizations. For the majority of those adult dyslexic readers tested, the evidence indicated a clear preference for the Sylexiad typefaces. The font is available to download free of charge from the recently re-designed Sylexiad website.