Design for education is an important approach in the graphic design field. The intention of this thesis is to conduct further research that can help educators and designers build healthier learning environments for children with learning disabilities. Learning environments are not limited to physical environments such as classroom designs or school architecture; they are extended to cognitive environments that are greatly affected by external influences such as sensory stimulation and learning methods. Children with special educational needs could benefit from effective design solutions for better information processing. This designer attempts to develop typographic solutions to facilitate the reading process of instructional text for 10-year-old children with dyslexia. The process of reading is the essence of learning and is the main source of knowledge and education enrichment. Therefore, it is essential to help children become independent readers to make them strong learners and active members of educated societies. Reading specialists and graphic designers can work together to develop the efficiency of reading materials. This designer examines the potential of developing typographic solutions for selected reading materials to improve the learning process of reading for children with dyslexia. The findings of the thesis will add to the knowledge of graphic designers when designing for complex issues that demand intensive research and direct user observation. It will reflect the influence of graphic design in improving learning environments and cognitive health. And above all, it will further educate instructors to use design solutions when needed.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dyslexic children--Education; Graphic design (Typography); Instructional systems--Design; Reading (Elementary)

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Graphic Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Bruce Ian Meader

Advisor/Committee Member

Suzanne Graney

Advisor/Committee Member

Uli Linke


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