“Dyslexic Objects” created by Henry Franks illustrate how the struggles experienced by dyslexics can be viewed as improvements.
“The motivation was to utilise the power of unconventional thinking and apply my own dyslexia to objects to create products which have dyslexia and function better as a result.”
“Inversion and flipping of letters and words is common when reading for dyslexics and is one of many reasons why dyslexics have trouble when learning to read. I still have letters such as ‘p’ and ‘b’ (amongst others) which flip when reading and writing. These three mugs illustrate inversion and as a result are more stable and more balanced in the hand because the handle position being (upside down and) lower down than normal. This gives a more comfortable pour when drinking due to where the centre of gravity is. They are also more stable in general and less likely to be knocked over. The inverted shape also keeps tea and coffee hotter for longer.”
Another of Franks’ products is a coat hanger with two hooks, so it can be hung either way round. “The Confused Coat Hanger wasn’t paying attention when being told which way round it was supposed to be,” Franks explains. “As a result, it has a double-hooked head and can hang either way round when hanging your clothes up.”
Franks’ Poor Memory Pen Pots can hold just two or three pens because they “have a terrible memory due to their dyslexia and can only remember a couple of things at a time.” Yet this apparent shortcoming prevents the pot overflowing with items and keeps just a few essential writing tools to hand.
Coaster Plinth, an oversized cork drinks coaster, ended up as an elevated platform rather than a flat disc because it “misread the dimensions it was supposed to be and hasn’t understood the question.” Despite the apparent precariousness of a cup placed on top of the plinth, it makes the cup more noticeable so it’s less likely to be spilled.
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