People may struggle with reading for many reasons – from physical and cognitive problems through to stress, lack of time, or the challenges of viewing text on today’s small mobile devices.
Design to Read began as an initiative by a small group of us working in usability to share what we’d learned and what did and didn’t work. In particular, we were looking for similarities that would enable us to offer tips and guidelines to anyone who wants to design for readability.
This article, Design to read: guidelines for people who do not read easily, published in the June 2010 issue of UX User Experience is a good overview of some of our learning.
It’s also worth looking at the Design to Read website, where the project is ongoing.