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Images courtesy of Daniel Britton
Images courtesy of Daniel Britton

This Font Simulates What It's Like to Have Dyslexia

Images courtesy of Daniel Britton
Images courtesy of Daniel Britton

When graphic designer Daniel Britton shared his recent dyslexia diagnosis with his classmates at the London School of Communications, he was met with confusion, blank stares, and outright derision.

Realizing that there was no way for them to truly understand his struggle to make sense of letters, Britton decided to create a font—called “Dyslexia”—in order to give non-dyslexics a sense of what the learning disorder entails.

The designer tells Fast Company the font isn’t meant to depict exactly what a dyslexic sees when he or she picks up a text. “At least in the UK, awareness ads will represent text as seen by dyslexics as a bunch of blurry letters, or an upside-down letter form,” Britton says. “At least for me, that’s not what it’s like at all. It’s more like the text looks normal, but the part of my brain that decodes it just isn’t awake.”

 

Britton created Dyslexia by subtracting 40 percent of the lines from each character in the Helvetica alphabet. This renders the letters somewhat recognizable—but the overall effect means the brain must take its time picking out and stringing together formerly recognizable characters.

After showing his work to a few peers, Britton—who recently landed a job with a local dyslexia awareness commission—feels like he accomplished what he set out to do.

“When I showed it to classmates, they were suddenly like ‘Oh! Okay. I get it,'” he shares. “Which is all I needed to hear.”

See more of his work on his website.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture
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The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

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“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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