About this project
As of the project deadline this book will be available via www.reedeeng.com
This book aims to provide the reader with a beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading and is packed full with typographic experiments along with facts about typography, language and dyslexia.
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 in life.
Great effort has been made to provide tools aimed at improving a person's ability to read 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.
A year on from the first campaign and with over 2,000 copies of the book delivered to over 30 countries across the world, I am returning to you, the Kickstarter community, to help self publish a second version of my book “I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic”.
Whether you have a child, student, colleague or peer that struggles with reading or you yourself experience that difficulty, this book is designed for you.
If you choose to pledge and receive a copy - read it, enjoy it and most importantly, share it. Leave it on a coffee table or share it with your class or colleagues. If the course of one person’s life is changed for the better as a result of the understanding that this book can provide, we will have achieved something truly amazing, together.
With your help, this book can become available all over the world.
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What people people have said:
"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 Psychologist)
"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
These quotes are from articles based on the first book.
As featured in:
I have included my parents story of what they went through whilst discovering that I was dyslexic. Below is a short piece from that journey -
"As this was our first child going through school, we didn't really know what was going on. We just knew something wasn't right. We asked about his progress, and were told all would be fine and when he went to the Junior school, he would then catch up. We weren't convinced, plus junior school was still a year away, so we kept a close watch on Sam."
Sample spreads from the book digitally created.
Could be framed in your office, School classroom or home, you decide.
Bookmarks & Badges
Who is this book for?
Thumb 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, the chances are that one of those five will impact positively on another person's 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.
Breakdown of costs
The target for this campaign has been calculated based on detailed procurement of the materials and services required to bring the book to life and to your door. In order to be completely transparent, I have provided as much information as possible below. If you have any questions at all, please just send a message and I’ll be happy to respond.
Book Size - 180mm x 220mm Page Count - 132pp (may change)
Cover Paper - Colour Set Solar
Paper - Munken Pure 170gsm, printed using lithography
Cover Wrap Size (unfolded) - 355mm x 588mm
Cover Wrap Paper - Colour Set Dark Grey Digitally printed with white ink Printer - TBC
The video was filmed and edited by the ever so talented Out Since Tuesday. Check out their work!
Postage & Packaging
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.
While 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.
Risks and challenges
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 campaign's target not be used to overcome any potential obstacles, it shall be used to further improve the quality of the final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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