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ERIC Number: EJ749004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2224
Towards A Reader-Friendly Font: Rationale for Developing a Typeface that is Friendly for Beginning Readers, Particularly Those Labelled Dyslexic
Reid, Larry D.; Reid, Meta
Visible Language, v38 n3 p246-259 2004
A critical step toward becoming a fluent reader is learning to recognize, name and distinguish the letters of the alphabet. This difficult task is often a point of failure. The task, however, can be made easier and less prone to failure. This article, based on research by cognitive scientists, provides guides for how to design a font that will help children to learn to read. The article also summarizes the latest research that indicates that slowness in learning the initial steps toward fluent reading, for example, the ability to distinguish letters, has profound, lasting effects on the organization of the brain. Developers of fonts, therefore, can make a significant contribution to the intellectual development of our children by using their skills to design a lettering system, along the lines suggested here, that will be easier to learn.
Sharon H. Poggenpohl. Available from: Rhode Island School of Design. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Tel: 401-454-6570; Fax: 401-454-6117; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A