If Comic Sans can help people with dyslexia, why is it still a punchline? A new campaign explores

Comic Sans is the comedic low-hanging fruit of the design world. Chastised for its unprofessional, primary school print-off capabilities, it’s a typeface that at one point or another, like Coldplay or Twilight, became cool to hate. But the denunciation of Comic Sans in design overlooks one of its greatest strengths: it can help people with dyslexia read texts more easily. As such, it’s the focal point of a new campaign from Dyslexia Scotland, together with Innocean Berlin and WeTransfer, for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Though the font is the eye-catching poster child, the campaign speaks to an even wider problem, hoping to raise awareness around the need for a more inclusive mindset at large in design.
So what makes Comic Sans so special? As a recent release from WeTransfer and Dyslexia Scotland explains, the “same irregularity which makes it so undesirable to designers is what helps people with dyslexia put into focus texts that otherwise feel overwhelmingly chaotic.” The campaign, titled There’s Nothing Comic About Dyslexia, adopts the use of the font across all assets, which range from print, film, OOH, social media posts and digital. WeTransfer supports the campaign with ad inventory, using its digital wallpapers and workflow features to spread the word on why “beautiful design and being dyslexia-friendly don’t need to be mutually exclusive,” the release adds.

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