The team at Fontsmith have released another wonderful resource for the design community. The infographic below helps designers gauge how accessible a font is so we can all improve our understanding of the key characteristics of accessible fonts.

The illustrations use one of their most accessible typefaces FS Me which was researched and developed with charity Mencap and designed specifically to improve legibility for people with learning disabilities. The infographic outlines some of the main features to look out for if you’re selecting an accessible font.
 
Accessibility in typography is not an exact science and there is no such thing as either accessible or not. It is better to imagine a sliding scale where certain speciality typefaces are highly accessible at one end and some eg. script or display fonts are very inaccessible at the other end. Most fonts lie somewhere in the middle. As with all design decisions it is important to know who your customers or end users are and make choices based on what will suit them best.

Jason Smith, Creative Director and Founder of Fontsmith said: ‘Inclusive design has always been important but we have seen an increase in enquiries for accessible typefaces from our clients, not just charities and public bodies but also banks, supermarkets and other large organisations. They recognise the importance of being inclusive to all and are looking for stylish designs which aren’t childish or patronising. We hope this infographic will provide a useful reference for designers who need to gauge how accessible a typeface is.’
 
Siobhan Lewis, Mencap National Centre said: ‘Through Fontsmith’s extensive research and deep understanding of Mencap as a charity, they produced FS Me, a font that represents the ability within the learning disability. It is an embodiment of who Mencap is as a charity; inclusive, caring and positive.’
 
FS Me is available to test drive and buy on the Fontsmith website. Mencap receive a donation for every sale.