Here is a sobering statistic:
How do we address this problem? One way is in our font choices.
In 1999, Bonnie Shaver-Troup, an educational therapist, observed that reading issues hid students’ true capability and intelligence.
She theorized that student reading performance could be improved by:
- Using a sans-serif font to reduce cognitive noise;
- Scaling of that font to improve potential for character recognition;
- Hyper-expansion of the spacing in between characters, creating a greater lag time and reducing potential crowding and masking effects.
Shaver-Troup, along with educator and type designer Thomas Jockin, coordinated their efforts around one simple idea:
|“A font, much like the prescription in a pair of eyeglasses, should change based on the reader’s unique needs.”|
Shaver-Troup and Jockin collaborated in the development of seven fonts which provide for improvement in reading performance.