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A beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.

Introduction

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 difficulty are often capable of thinking in ways that others aren't and as a result are capable of true greatness, yet these people are often misunderstood and treated unfairly as a result.

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.

About the book

This book aims to provide the reader with a beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.

Please head over to our Facebook page where you can find articles we are being featured in and will also be updating you after the project is over.

For you

Enjoy thumbing through the pages of this book with your favourite cup of coffee. Enjoy the books beautiful typographic theories that are sure to give you a completely different outlook on reading.

Put it on your coffee table, stack it on your bookshelf or pass it on to a friend. If five people pick the book up in it's lifetime, chances are that one of those five will impact positively on another persons life as a result, whether they know it or not.

For your business

As stated in the Equality Act 2010, disability discrimination legislation prohibits discrimination against disabled people in employment and in the provision of goods and services. This includes those with dyslexia.

With or without legislation, many businesses require staff and customers to read a great deal - whether it be T&C's, returns policies, reports, daily emails... the list goes on.

Helping staff to truly understand what it might feel like for a colleague or customer to struggle with reading will greatly improve your business.

For your school/college/university

The impact of dyslexia is rarely seen in greater force than in education. Students that cannot learn to read have enormous difficulty reading to learn.

If those around them - be it their teachers, parents or fellow students - can begin to understand what it feels like for them to be face to face with a page of text, the positive impact on their self esteem will be felt for the rest of their lives.

What people are saying...

"An excellent body of research and development that has successfully been translated into the final piece. Thoughtful and considered typography and layout that is quite simple. A joy to look at and read." - The International Society of Typographic Design

"In Barclay's visionary creation, somewhere between a coffee table book and a textbook, letters morph into shapes which meander, swap places and play tricks on the eye. Frustrating yet fascinating, the book reveals a space between words and meaning where new interpretations of language are possible."- The Huffington Post

"Barclay's I wonder what it's like to be dyslexic visualizes a variety of typographic theories to plainly—and quite beautifully—portray the experience of reading with dyslexia. Large, simple type is juxtaposed next to short, information rich paragraphs that expound on what it is you're seeing and give voice to the sort of confusion many feel on a daily basis." - Gizmodo

"This book demonstrates very clearly the range of trials and tribulations experienced by someone struggling to make sense of the written word. In my opinion this is a 'must have' resource for both parents and professionals wanting to support and understand the difficulties experienced by people trying to master the craft of reading especially in this information-rich world and when literacy achievements in this country are apparently at an all time low." - Jeannie Low Ying (retired Assistant Principal Educational Pychologist)

"This book should be put on the compulsory reading list for all training teachers in a bid to eradicate the ignorance that still exists towards Dyslexia" - Julie Roche (Deputy Head Principal)

"Through meticulous design that manages to be friendly as well as stylish, Sam has created a publication that is accessible, informative and has filled a very important gap in the design world." - itsnicethat.com

"In Barclay's book, letters are turned into visual art. In a perfect example of showing instead of telling, words here convey an important, overdue message not through their literal meaning so much as through their imaginatively altered visual structures." - Fast Company

I need your help!

With your help, this book can become available all over the world.

The books design is print ready and I've worked closely with Boss Print to decide on every meticulous detail, producing a number of beautiful prototypes in the final print quality. Now, I need your help to raise the £14,500 needed to publish this book.

In short, this money covers the first print run of books, not including any contribution for the time and effort that I've put into its creation. This funding is needed for the following costs: 

Printing

I have chosen to work with Boss Print for the production of this book. Working with their team to refine the finer details of the finished print quality has been an invaluable part of the process and I am grateful for their efforts.

They have produced outstanding work for some of the worlds most highly renowned brands. Their passion and quality of work speaks for itself.

Font licensing

Choosing the best fonts to use throughout the book has been the most time consuming part of the process. My passion for typographic design is what drove me to create this book and I am proud of each fonts contribution to the final piece.

The fonts used are:

Copy licensing

In order to demonstrate each typographic theory in the book, I have applied each adapted type to a short story called 'Reading on The Beach' from the book The Small Pleasures of Life' by Phillipe Delerm. Orion Books have kindly offered to license the story for use in this book.

Printed proofs

There is no comparison to holding a book in your hands when trying understand and refine it's finish. I have produced a number of versions throughout the process and as a result, I am delighted with the final print quality.

Marketing

The video at the top of this page was kindly produced by Ian Whitington at a greatly reduced rate. Not only that, Ian has agreed to provide the video for free until our campaign has been successful. Check him out

Postage & Packing

Each book will be delivered in Amazon style, damage resistant packaging so that your book will arrive on time and in perfect condition. Prints will be sent separately in a tube to avoid folding.

Contingency

Whilst the last 6 months has been spent planning every detail and considering every possible challenge that we may face, this contingency will further safeguard my ability to deliver your book to you in the highest possible quality.

Kickstarter & payment fees

Kickstarter have their own goals to reach and for their kind and valuable service, they apply a fee to the total amount raised if our target is met. The banks also charge their fee for processing the payments.

Limited Edition Prints

Exclusively available on Kickstarter! 3 designs from the book have been adapted to create these beautiful A3 prints.

Print #1 - You Can Read Me

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Print #2 - Truspel

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 Print #3 - The Words Shape

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have worked with a number of people to refine the details of this campaign and to ensure that no stone has been left unturned. Having studied the business of print and worked on many projects of this nature, I am grateful for the opportunity that Kickstarter provides to help bring my own work to life.

Should the contingency factored into this campaigns target not be used to overcome any potential obstacles, it shall be used to further improve the quality of the final product.

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