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Luciole typeface

 Website of the project Luciole

A collaboration with

Labeled by the French National Secretariat for People with Disability

The project creation process has been treated in many conferences such as:
• the 8th Journées d'étude NTIC (new technologies for visually impaired people) organized by the FAF at the French National Institute for the Blind;
• the 2nd RNLA at Enssib (the French National School of Library and Information Science);
• the journée d'étude Déficience visuelle et éducation inclusive (Visual Impairment and Inclusive Education Days) at the INSHEA

Project team
Coordination: Carole Malet & Jonathan Fabreguettes
Ophthalmologist: Dr Florence de Saint-Étienne
Orthoptist: Anne-Céline Blanc
Psychologist: Véronique Morra
Typeface designer: Laurent Bourcellier
Transcriber: Jonathan Fabreguettes
Researchers: Anna-Rita Galiano (PhD) & Nicolas Baltenneck (PhD)
Students: Gaétane Hurstel, Camille Benas, Gaëlle Bonnesseur, Hind Drissi & Vanessa Augereau-Depoix

 Get Luciole fonts


Luciole (French for “firefly”) is a new typeface developed explicitly for visually impaired people. The result of a two-year collaboration between the Centre Technique Régional pour la Déficience Visuelle (the Regional Technical Center for Visual Impairment) and the type-design studio typographies.fr, this project received a grant from the Swiss Ceres Foundation and support from the DIPHE laboratory at the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

A typeface for visual impairment
Word massing, spacing, the structure of the letters: the concept for Luciole adheres to a dozen specific design criteria to provide the best possible reading experience for the visually impaired. Particular care has been taken in drawing the figures, mathematical signs, and punctuation.
A comprehensive article on the process was published in the journal Graphê (in French only for the moment) and is available under CC BY attribution licence. You can read the digital version of the article here.

A powerful editorial tool
Each style of Luciole contains over seven hundred characters and supports almost all European languages. The character set also includes many Greek and mathematical symbols for scientific notation. Luciole aims to facilitate both optimal readability for visually impaired students and efficient deployment by publishing professionals.
The Luciole font is now used by specialized reference publishers but also by transcribers, teachers, developers.

A typeface to advance research
As a result of this project, three reading tests based studies have been or are currently being carried out with visually impaired students or adults:
− In the DIPHE laboratory, University Lumière Lyon 2 [study completed, published]
− In the CTRDV's ophthalmological assessment [study completed, partially published]
− As part of the ISTR's graduation project, Department of Orthoptics, University Lyon 1 [study completed]
These three studies reveal a preference of visually impaired readers in favor of Luciole.

Download the typeface
Luciole is available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which covers use (including commercial use) and distribution of the typeface for free. Simply download the fonts on the Luciole website and move the files to the appropriate Fonts folder on your computer.

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