Accessible typeface family was created based on the practices of the educators, typeface designers and researchers in the fields of psychology. The aim of the typeface study is to find solutions to the problems of the individuals who have difficulties in reading and the process of learning to read.
The accessible font was designed with a high x-height, different letterform combinations and reducing similarities between letterforms. The Accessible stand out with extended characters that support almost 200 Latin-based languages, covering math symbols, punctuation, and currencies.
Accessible font family is a simple and harmonious appearance as well as it offers great customization support to the pedagogues with differences in letterform design and stylistic combinations. As a result, a typeface is appeared to meet the individual requirements in which the teachers can change the character design according to students needs. This makes the Accessible font accessible for everyone.
The accessible font family consist of 5 fonts and each font has at least one stylish alternative. These fonts have different glyphs combination and forms that ensure us to address different individuals needs in the reading performance.
The elements that disturb the reader are avoided and a regular form was tried to be obtained in Accessible Font Regular v.1. The aim was to reveal a font using only the factors affecting legibility. These factors are x-heigh, counters and terminals. It can see the structure and feature of the v.1 font in detail below.
The Regular v.2 font was designed especially for individuals who have difficulties in distinguishing letterforms between basic Latin and extended characters. Serif features were applied on extended letterforms so that extended letterforms were separated from the basic Latin characters as a different shape. This hybrid version was developed to help the individuals who learn reading with letter-based learning system but, it can use in the word-based learning system to identify better the characters in the word. The letterforms o and ö contain different forms order to have distinctive shape. The teacher can choose the set 1 option and convert the serif charachter to sans serif so that only the letterforms of ‘a, b, d, p, q, f’ stays as different letterforms from v.1. Set 2 provides to swap the serif feature on the extended characters to basic Latin characters.. In this way, basic characters will have serif but extended characters will not have serif feature.
The Regular v.3 typeface was designed specifically for individuals who have difficulty in distinguishing similar letterforms. In Regular v.3 font, the main purpose of the design was to distinguish the similar letterform glyphs, but in doing so, attention was put on to not to disturb the harmony and balance in the typeface family. It has been tried to reduce the similarities by adding serif features and different character shapes on similar letterforms (like b, d, p, q,). In addition to these features, V.3 extended letterforms have serif features from V.2 and are coded as set 1. So teachers can combine features of Regular v.2 with Regular v.3. If the teachers wants to swap the serif between basic Latin letterforms and extended letterforms, they can use set 2.
Differences between Helvetica and Regular v.3.
It was followed an approach to reduce the harmony between the characters and its the similarities as much as possible while designing the regular v.4 font. The main feature of v.4 is that there are more elements that can disturb the reader than v.3. It is a version thought to give greater autonomy to the identification of the characters (to the legibility) in detriment of the readability. On this design, while some extended Latin characters have serifs, some characters have not serif. So, in the design of v.2, all the extended Latin characters come with serif, while in v.4 design they only some characters (s-ş,g-ğ,c-ç,i-ı,ü-u,o-ö) come with serif. These some characters are letterform pairs obtained from the results of the Turkish survey, which can lead to reading errors.
In v.4 font, the characters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘e’, ‘h’, ‘n’, and ‘p’ were designed in a different shape from the v.3. In this way, care was taken to increase the differences between the letterforms compared to v.3. Below, you can see differences between the versions.
Version 5 (v.5) has same feauters with v.1. Version 5 is a hyprid typeface it can use in long text body.