Fontsmith

FS Me

FS Me

is the accessible type
8 fonts / Standard & Pro / Desktop / Web / App
Download specimen sheet (PDF)
Family £230.00 / Single weight £80.00
Pro Family £320.00 / Single weight £90.00

FS Me Family

FS Me Features

When most of us go about everyday tasks, we take for granted the reading that’s involved, on instructions, labels and so on. For people with learning disabilities, reading is made much harder by certain fonts. FS Me is designed specifically to improve legibility for people with learning disabilities.

The font was researched and developed with – and endorsed by – Mencap, the UK’s leading charity and voice for those with learning disabilities. Mencap receive a donation for each font license purchased.

Every letter of FS Me was tested for its appeal and readability with a range of learning disability groups across the UK.

Mencap

Fontsmith were determined to design a font that was accessible to those with learning disabilities without standing out as such – one that was inclusive of all readers. It should comply with accessibility guidelines and work best at 12pt, but still have a character of its own that was warm and approachable.

“So much accessible design is done separately to the main body of brand work,” says Jason Smith. “We wanted to make a typeface that covered both brand tone and neutrailty, and that could be used legitimately as a brand font as well as in accessible design.” 

Inclusive

FS Me is about design that doesn’t patronise. People with learning disabilities are often treated as inferior by childlike design. FS Me is designed for adults, not children – a beautifully-designed font for everyone.

Its features include very subtle distinguishing elements of each letter to aid the reading and comprehension of texts, and tails, ascenders and descenders that hae been extended for extra clarity.

Me, you, everyone

Here is a sample of comments from the extensive research groups that helped to shape the letterforms of FS Me:

“I want something round, clear and friendly.”

“We like movement in the letters but don’t want anything childish.”

“The ‘q’ would be clearer with a tail.”

“The ‘b’ and ‘d’ need to be different as they can be confused.”

“I prefer the handwriting-style ‘a’.”

“It’s important to have an accessible ‘a’ and ‘g’. Teachers sometimes complain that learners cannot read or understand the inaccessible ‘a’ and ‘g’.”

What the people said...

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Standard Vs. Pro

Fontsmith offers two kinds of fonts: Standard and Pro. If you work exclusively with Latin-based languages our Standard character set is designed to meet your requirements. However, if you work with Cyrillic and Greek typography please use our Pro fonts.

Standard Vs. Pro
General
Uppercase
Lowercase
Accents
Discretionary Ligatures
Figures
Tabular Lining
Proportional Lining
Tabular Oldstyle
Proportional Oldstyle
Lining Slashed Zero
Punctuation
Punctuation & Marks
All Cap Punctuation
Language support
Latin i
Greek i
Cyrillic i
Standard
Uppercase Yes
Lowercase Yes
Accents Yes
Discretionary Ligatures No
Figures
Tabular Lining Yes
Proportional Lining No
Tabular Oldstyle No
Proportional Oldstyle No
Lining Slashed Zero No
Punctuation
Punctuation & Marks Yes
All Cap Punctuation No
Language support
Latin i
Yes
Greek i
No
Cyrillic i
No
Pro
Uppercase Yes
Lowercase Yes
Accents Yes
Discretionary Ligatures Yes
Figures
Tabular Lining Yes
Proportional Lining Yes
Tabular Oldstyle Yes
Proportional Oldstyle Yes
Lining Slashed Zero Yes
Punctuation
Punctuation & Marks Yes
All Cap Punctuation Yes
Language support
Latin i
Yes
Greek i
Yes
Cyrillic i
Yes

Both Standard and Pro font versions include a wealth of typographic features and are available to use in supporting OpenType applications such as Adobe Illustrator®, Indesign® and Photoshop®.