Learn Dotsies.

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#1 8 February, 2015 - 12:21
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Learn Dotsies.

Dotsies is a Font created by Craig Muth in 2012.

Why should I care?

Since latin letters (a, b, c, etc.) are optimized to be written by hand, they take up a lot of unnecessary space. Your eyes have to move at a frantic pace from left to right to read. The letters in Dotsies words smoosh together, so words look like shapes! Get more screen space! Save paper. Have a more comfortable reading experience.

How much better is it?

It is significantly more horizontally condensed than normal fonts, letting about twice as much fall within the area of your field of vision that perceives fine detail. As to overall space efficiency in practice, the jury is still out. That won't be apparent until many people have spent time acclimating to it. (Think how you began with large letters when you learned to read, but then preferred smaller typefaces after some time.) It is hoped it will eventually be legible by people when taking up half as much space. Imagine your phone having twice the screen space!

source: dotsies.org

you can download the font here: http://dotsies.org/Dotsies.ttf


Each Word has one, two or three dots placed in a 5x1 line ( 5 tall, 1 long)

The letters are in 5 groups, these are:

a-e: singles.
f-i: doubles.
j-l: doubles, spaced.
p-v: triples, centered.
w-z: triples, full length.

the numbers are the same that we use ( 1, 2, 3...) and so the symbols ( $,", %, & ...)

here is a visual representation of the latin letters compared with the dotsies letter:


Here is a memrise course, if you want to obtain more points there ;) : http://www.memrise.com/course/76197/dotsies/

to read fast, you can memorize some 2 letter words or 3 letter words patterns, if you want, you can also learn long words.
Here is a course in memorize ( dot ) com for words: http://memorize.com/dotsies-words

What do you think about this?

9 February, 2015 - 03:37
Joined: 5 years 1 week ago

I think the idea that squashing together the shapes to give "a comfortable reading experience" is wrong. I actually find it very difficult to read condensed text. In particular I have difficulty with long passages of prose and much prefer them to be split into smaller paragraphs. I appreciate I'm comparing apples and oranges here but my experience is that the spacing matters. I'm over 30 years older than you though, some of that may be to do with less efficient eyesight.

Also, we don't read by looking at the whole word, we typically grab a few points. I dare say you've seen the examples where by you are shown a passage when they skip many of the letters and yet the phrases and still easily readable.

We tend to read by the shapes of words. We insensitively know the contours, this is why reading all caps is so difficult. With all caps we just get SOLID BLOCKS OF TEXT with no contouring. At these points we need to go and read each letter instead.

My biggest gripe though is with the ordering of the dots / lines. Wouldn't it have made more sense to have the vowels use the first five shapes? Then have the rest of the alphabet created on a frequency chart?

It's an interesting fun idea, but I do think it's a solution in search of a problem.

9 February, 2015 - 13:46
Joined: 2 years 7 months ago

I agree with you.

Also, the world ( or at least more than 60% ) is using the latin alphabet. And we are all used to this alphabet.

I think that dotsies can be used like a method to encipher words or messages, just like the masonic ( pigpen ) cipher, here is a link:


It might also be used for computer keyboards, since only 5 keys are used, you can type with one hand, without seeing the keyboard, but if we talk about this, then morse is better.

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