Access Font

Access Font is a research project aiming to create the first font customizable to the individual needs of people with low vision.

Led by designer and Emily Carr alum Tyler Hawkins, the Access Font (formerly ‘Ceramic’ and ‘Infinite Font’) is a flexible font for low vision, using the recently introduced ‘variable font format’ as a foundation. A web tool assesses the needs of individual readers, and translates those needs into an individualized font. A browser extension then “reads” text from the Internet, displaying it on-screen in the user’s personalized font. The technology has the potential to improve Internet accessibility and the experience of reading for an estimated one billion people worldwide who are partially sighted.

Originally a grad project, Access Font was incubated through our Satellite Residency, which brought Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Disability Alliance BC (DABC) as project partners.

Hawkins will work with a web developer, Quinn Keaveney, and a font engineer, Mirko Velimirovic while receiving support from Shumka Centre and Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University as well as DABC to develop, test, and release the Access Font software. The project is set for release in 2022.

This project is generously supported by Accessible Technology Program at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).