designjunction supports dyslexia

July 7, 2016

(UK) – The inaugural Dyslexic Design curate exhibition will take place during designjunction 2016.

Dyslexic Design will explore the connection between dyslexia and the creative industries. The project, in support of the British Dyslexia Association, is to celebrate dyslexic designers’ work over five days during London Design Festival.

Curate by UK designer Jim Rokos, Dyslexic Design will challenge perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating the positive effects of living with dyslexia and its close association with design in a bid to remove the stigma sometimes associated with it.

More than ten leading designers from multiple design disciplines including product, fashion, illustration, home décor and fine art – all of whom are dyslexic – will showcase their work in a temporary curated exhibition at designjunction. Confimed designers include, Sebastian Bergne, Terence Woodgate, Kristjana S Williams, Tom Raffield, Tina Crawford, Rohan Chhabra, Vitamin and Jim Rokos.

For the first time, many of these designers will talk openly about the challenges they face in their career paths, with many of their work also demonstrating unusual three-dimensional thinking.

Throughout the show, which will be at Granary Square at King’s Cross this year – critical debates on design education, the relationship between dyslexia and lateral thinking, and the relationship between dyslexia and visual thinking will take place. Questions will be realised about if we could make our world more user-friendly for a dyslexic, and whether it would be appropriate to declassify the less common brain structure as a disability.

“It is my belief that I am able to design the way I do, because of my dyslexia and not despite it,” said Dyslexic Design exhibition founder Jim Rokos. “I also firmly bleive that other dyslexic designer have idiosyncratic styles because of their dyslexia.

“I am delighted designjunction shares my vision and desire to remove the unwanted and unwarranted stigma sometimes associated with dyslexia and in doing so change perceptions of it. We believe dyslexia is something that drives and inspires creative thought and design”

designjunction’s Managing Director Deborah Spencer added, “This is a subject matter very close to my heart. I had grown up with dyslexia and I believe it played an integral part in leading me down the path of art and design. In some respects this has defined me as a person. It is a great pleasure to support this brilliant project.”




Vitamin for Clippings. Architecture and Interior Photography by Jim Stephenson