Your Designs (& Teams) Can Be More Dyslexia Friendly. Here’s How.

What to keep in mind when designing with a lens on neurodiversity

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Rethinking dyslexia

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Salesforce Lead Product Designer Dana Jones

What’s dyslexic thinking?

  • Pattern recognition
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Lateral thinking
  • Interpersonal communication
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Salesforce VP, Principal Architect Adam Doti
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Dyslexic Design Thinking Advocate Gil Gershoni

What does the dyslexic experience look like?

  • Intentional and frequent subheaders
  • Sans serif font
  • Unique appropriate settings for screen reader ease
  • Bigger default font size (such as Medium’s 21px)
  • Solid color background. (To alter non-solid backgrounds, skill up with the Integrate Accessibility Into Your Design Trailhead module.)
  • An image instead of a thousand words, where applicable
  • A love for bullets
  • Adjustable line/word/paragraph spacing
  • Consider a dark-gray font that eases readability
  • Even better, apply weighted fonts such as Open Dyslexic and Dyslexie
  • Uplift dyslexic voices and create camaraderie (e.g. At Salesforce, we have a neurodiversity Abilityforce subgroup and #Dyslexia Slack channel)
  • Consider different learning styles during UX research
  • Follow the junction of creativity and dyslexia in Gil’s ongoing salon series and podcast
  • Screen your designs and roadmaps for the dyslexic-friendly design tips above
  • Co-create synchronously



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