Design to read: five guidelines that make information easier for everyone

The Design to Read project has been running since 2008 –  a collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and people who have reading difficulties with the aim of sharing resources, understanding and promoting good practice, and improving design for those who don’t read easily.

This article, Design to Read: Guidelines for People Who Do Not Read Easily, provides a comprehensive overview of the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of the Design to Read project. First published in the June 2010 issue of UX User Experience,  it also offers practical guidelines for making information more easily read by all users:


  • Develop the information from bite, to snack, to meal.
  • Show the structure with an informative title, headings, and links.
  • Break up the information with short sections, lists, paragraphs, and sentences.
  • Write in plain language, with common words and active verbs.
  • Design for visual clarity.


Read the article in full.

Find out more about the Design to Read project.