People all over the world struggle with reading for a variety of reasons, including dyslexia, lack of education and an unfamiliar language to name a few.
People with reading difficulties are often capable of thinking in ways that others are not. As a result of this people with dyslexia are capable of true greatness, yet they are often misunderstood and treated unfairly. Failing to encourage those with reading difficulties in a way that makes sense to them can limit and in many cases, damage their ability to progress.
Great effort has been made to provide tools aimed at improving a persons reading but very little has been done to give those around them an understanding of what it really feels like to struggle in such a way.
With this in mind, BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Sam Barclay embarked on a typographic journey to translate the experience of dyslexia in a manner as beautiful as it was educational.
“Being dyslexic, one thing always stood out, the available help was always aimed at making me read better. Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like to struggle with reading.” Sam Barclay explains in his Kickstarter video.
The project started as a University set brief for the iSTD awards, for which Sam received a commendation. The book was then taken to the New Designers exhibition in London where he was short-listed by the Design Council for the future pioneers award. It was suggested he should publish the book, I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Dyslexic, a beautiful design-led journey into the struggle of dyslexia.
“Manipulating language through the use of typography has always appealed to me,” Barclay writes in his statement. “What interests me, is the challenges of generating an outcome that questions the users experience in the most exciting way.”
This all led to the kickstarter project in hopes to raise the money to publish this fantastic book. As it stands Sam has raised an amazing £40,780 which will fund the project.
Check out the Kickstarter site where you can purchase a book and contribute to the cause!