Dyslexic Designers Just Think Differently—Maybe Even Better

By Margaret Rhodes (WIRED)
August 29, 2016

An exhibit entitled “Dyslexic Design,” is showcasing and celebrating the creativity of artists with dyslexia. Curated by London-based industrial designer Jim Rokos, who himself has dyslexia, the exhibit seeks to highlight the strengths and abilities that come with dyslexia, as opposed to the challenges it brings. WIRED spoke with Sally Shaywitz, M.D., co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and author of Overcoming Dyslexia, for insight.
“People who are dyslexic seem to have an abundance of creative thought,” Shaywitz says. “But when you try to pin it down you have to remember that creativity is a very big area.”

Rhodes writes further, “Artists, writers, and musicians tend to get tagged as ‘creative,’ when creativity really just means seeing things differently. Shaywitz often invokes Charles Schwab, a billionaire businessman and dyslexic, as an example. ‘I remember him saying, I can see the end zone, while others are thinking very serially, step by step.’ Put that way, dyslexic thinking sounds like big-picture thinking—a frame of mind that certainly benefits designers.”

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