I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic

I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic

It’s perhaps a reflection of the success of funding model/platform Kickstarter that a few of our recent posts have been crowdfunded. Sam Barclay is back with the second edition of his book “I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic” that aims to provide the reader with a design-lead experience of what it feels like to be dyslexic with typography at the forefront. I caught up with Sam to find out a bit more about the project and this new revised edition of the book…

The book includes a short story that runs throughout that is manipulated in various different ways. I have used typographic experiments and various different ways of manipulating the language such as the use of capital letters, tracking and spacing and by turning the story into phonetics, typoglycaemia, and it plays with homophones and synonyms.
The aim is to disrupt the order of a person that may not struggle with reading to help them understand the struggles of reading and to hopefully encourage those that do struggle to succeed in ways that others can’t. After all the creative industry is notoriously populated with many dyslexics who produce incredible work because of the dyslexia and not in spite of it.
I have redesigned the book to include more content and update the design of the first. I also feel that since the first book I have grown as a designer and wanted to capitalise on the skills that I have learnt. I have also revisited the format and paper for the book which is extremely exciting and now the book is through its funding goal on Kickstarter I am now looking at some special printing process for the cover along with aiming to donate more to charity as stretch goals.
The funding target has already been met but you can still get behind the project and secure yourself a copy of the book.
Luke Tonge

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