DyslexiaKey

Dyslexic friendly iOS keyboard

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Andrew Zusman@uxandrew · UX Designer
@jonahkaner @ativslife This is fantastic!!! I just finished publishing the second part of my two-part series on Designing for Dyslexia. I did what I believe to be the largest study on dyslexic users from a UX perspective out there (if someone has information on a larger UX-based research study, please let me know). OpenDyslexic is discussed in the articles as well. Take a look: Part One: http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/... Part Two: http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/... My presentation on the subject from UX Salon 2014:
Slides from that presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/UXAndr...
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I love seeing apps designed to help those with disabilities (Be My Eyes being the most recent and prominent example), although it's unclear how this keyboard works from the description and screenshots. Can you explain, @jonahkaner?
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Jonah KanerMaker@jonahkaner · rap/sports/tech
@rrhoover Whoops, sorry for the lack of clarity! DyslexiaKey uses an open-source Dyslexia font that helps differentiate between various letters/symbols. The biggest benefit the font has is this: letters have weighted bottoms to indicate direction. DyslexiaKey is, essentially, the standard keyboard that your iOS device comes with, but uses a different font to help with readability. @ativslife can add to this, though.
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AtivMaker@ativslife · Designer
@rrhoover Hi Ryan, thanks for your comment! People with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate and mirror letters in their minds and traditional typefaces make this symptom of dyslexia worse. Traditional typefaces base some letter designs on others (like b and d), inadvertently creating 'twin letters' for people with dyslexia. Like Jonah said, DyslexiaKey leverages the open source font, OpenDyslexic created by Abelardo Gonzalez. His contributions are inspiring and the feedback speaks for itself. (http://opendyslexic.org/about/fa...). Here is some more info on the font: "OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping."