Braille Institute’s Atkinson Hyperlegible Typeface Now Available On Google Fonts

Braille Institute’s “Atkinson Hyperlegible”  font family is now available  on Google Fonts. This typeface was designed specifically  to help with legibility and to improve readability for people with low vision and was named after Braille Institute’s founder, Robert J. Atkinson. It was named the winner in the Graphic  Design  category of Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design  Awards.

What makes Atkinson Hyperlegible  unique  is that it breaks the traditional typographic approach of uniformity, and instead focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability.

“An imperative for Braille Institute in 2021 is promoting and spreading accessibility for those with vision impairment,” said  Peter  Mindnich, President, Braille Institute. “Making Atkinson Hyperlegible  available  on Google Fonts means countless more people who can benefit from its accessibility will be able to use it.”

“The Google Fonts team  is all about  providing  access to the power of type. Braille Institute decided to make  this font family available  to everyone  to use everywhere, using  the SIL Open Font License. We are happy to make  it easy to use in Google Workspace across collaboration apps  like Docs and Slides, and the web,” said  Dave Crossland, lead programs and operations manager for Google Fonts.

Atkinson Hyperlegible  consists of four fonts – standard roman, bold, italic and bold italic. The fonts are available  for free for anyone  to use, and can be downloaded at  www.brailleinstitute.org/freefont or now on fonts.google.com/specimen/Atkinson+Hyperlegible.

“Losing your vision doesn’t mean  having to give up on doing the things  you love,” said  Sandy Shin, Vice President of Marketing  and Communications at Braille Institute. “Finding an innovative  way to make  the written word easier to read  is just one of the many things  we do to help those we serve.”

Braille Institute worked with award-winning design firm Applied Design Works to develop  the font and to make  sure it was also ideal for designers and publishers who want to make  written materials as accessible as possible for people with visual impairment.

“We want anyone  interested in making  written materials easier to read across the entire  visual-ability spectrum to utilize Atkinson Hyperlegible,” said  Craig Dobie, Founding  Creative  Director of Applied Design  Works.

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