Abbie Gonzalez is creating OpenDyslexic (and accessibility & education software)
44

patrons

$245
per month
Several years ago, my wife bought me a laptop, and I started working on OpenDyslexic. It started as a proof-of-concept type project, but with a large positive response (and TedX talk) it became a production typeface used by authors, application developers, and eBook manufactures.

OpenDyslexic has been a 1-person operation (outside of a few who donated their expertise in suggestions and recommendations, and those who donated their time by providing missing characters). It has been something I've worked on when I can at night, while working full time, and the occasional second job. Special requests can be quick, but have also been more involved and taking several hours or days. Responding to emails requesting support, paperwork (tons) to allow some organizations to even use the typeface, and assistance with specific school requests takes a large amount of time. 

OpenDyslexic has had only one fundraiser in the past, which was successful and used to purchase software for working on it (started it on a FontLab demo, moved to Glyphs.app). The website has been managed by myself, and in general I've paid out of pocket for hosting, upgrades, and other overhead needed. There is a Donate button on the website for single one-time donations, however, it generally pays for a few lunches a month (not as many people donate as one may expect).

This Patreon is to help continue the work and requests people have sent over, and eliminate a possibly year long backlog in requests I wasn't able to get to while working one or two full time jobs. The funds will allow me to put more time into OpenDyslexic (and other accessibility aids) without needing to skip sleep, which is how development has been for the past few years. I have narcolepsy, so I can't burn the midnight oil anymore. :) The increase in available time will also help me meet the expectations people have had over the years.

This Patreon will also allow for:
  • Continued work on free accessibility/educational software, which has been started with Overlays!, and OpenWeb
  • Actually releasing OpenDyslexic 3
  • Hosting of OpenDyslexic, and adding a content delivery service for more easily using OpenDyslexic on web projects.
  • Needed upgrades and monthly bills needed for website, domain names, and other paid services used.
  • Other items listed in the goals section of the sidebar.
Not much is really needed to fund this: if every person using OpenDyslexic donated just $1/month, all listed goals can be provided easily.

At the moment, OpenDyslexic donations are a primary source of income.

Can the goals and rewards be met?
Yes. Many specific rewards are items I have been providing for free over the past few years, but I am unable to do the more involved work for free anymore.

If this flops and burns, will OpenDyslexic still be available?
Yes. I'm looking to have more time to work on it, and at least have it's expenses paid. The difference would be in the amount of time spent.
Tiers
A thank you video, and public thank you
$1 or more per month 35 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update 
  • You'll get a thank you message
Supporter
$29 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update 
  • You'll get a thank you message
  • You'll get access to a special discord channel that I'll always be on. 
  • Every Tier here, and on gets 10% off parts at my online store (I sell parts, finally made a store for it. :D)
Includes Discord rewards
Special Contributor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update post.
  • You'll get a more visible mention in a credits page
  • You'll be able to get access to active sources and projects that may not be public.
  • Special requests: install scripts, MSI's, and special platform/OS requests or plugins.
  • Your product page will be highlighted as a supporter (if applicable).


Includes Discord rewards
Significant Contributor
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update post each month
  • You'll get a more visible mention in a credits page
  • You'll be able to get access to active sources and projects that may not be public
  • Special requests: install scripts, MSI's, and special platform/OS requests or plugins will get priority.
  • Your product page will be highlighted as a significant supporter (if applicable)
  • Quarterly video chat
  • Assistance with use in your project
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$245 of $250 per month
  • OpenDyslexic 3 gets finalized, sent to application developers for testing, then released under the SIL-OFL license.
  • Website will get semi-regular updates. 
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Several years ago, my wife bought me a laptop, and I started working on OpenDyslexic. It started as a proof-of-concept type project, but with a large positive response (and TedX talk) it became a production typeface used by authors, application developers, and eBook manufactures.

OpenDyslexic has been a 1-person operation (outside of a few who donated their expertise in suggestions and recommendations, and those who donated their time by providing missing characters). It has been something I've worked on when I can at night, while working full time, and the occasional second job. Special requests can be quick, but have also been more involved and taking several hours or days. Responding to emails requesting support, paperwork (tons) to allow some organizations to even use the typeface, and assistance with specific school requests takes a large amount of time. 

OpenDyslexic has had only one fundraiser in the past, which was successful and used to purchase software for working on it (started it on a FontLab demo, moved to Glyphs.app). The website has been managed by myself, and in general I've paid out of pocket for hosting, upgrades, and other overhead needed. There is a Donate button on the website for single one-time donations, however, it generally pays for a few lunches a month (not as many people donate as one may expect).

This Patreon is to help continue the work and requests people have sent over, and eliminate a possibly year long backlog in requests I wasn't able to get to while working one or two full time jobs. The funds will allow me to put more time into OpenDyslexic (and other accessibility aids) without needing to skip sleep, which is how development has been for the past few years. I have narcolepsy, so I can't burn the midnight oil anymore. :) The increase in available time will also help me meet the expectations people have had over the years.

This Patreon will also allow for:
  • Continued work on free accessibility/educational software, which has been started with Overlays!, and OpenWeb
  • Actually releasing OpenDyslexic 3
  • Hosting of OpenDyslexic, and adding a content delivery service for more easily using OpenDyslexic on web projects.
  • Needed upgrades and monthly bills needed for website, domain names, and other paid services used.
  • Other items listed in the goals section of the sidebar.
Not much is really needed to fund this: if every person using OpenDyslexic donated just $1/month, all listed goals can be provided easily.

At the moment, OpenDyslexic donations are a primary source of income.

Can the goals and rewards be met?
Yes. Many specific rewards are items I have been providing for free over the past few years, but I am unable to do the more involved work for free anymore.

If this flops and burns, will OpenDyslexic still be available?
Yes. I'm looking to have more time to work on it, and at least have it's expenses paid. The difference would be in the amount of time spent.

Recent posts by Abbie Gonzalez

Tiers
A thank you video, and public thank you
$1 or more per month 35 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update 
  • You'll get a thank you message
Supporter
$29 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update 
  • You'll get a thank you message
  • You'll get access to a special discord channel that I'll always be on. 
  • Every Tier here, and on gets 10% off parts at my online store (I sell parts, finally made a store for it. :D)
Includes Discord rewards
Special Contributor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update post.
  • You'll get a more visible mention in a credits page
  • You'll be able to get access to active sources and projects that may not be public.
  • Special requests: install scripts, MSI's, and special platform/OS requests or plugins.
  • Your product page will be highlighted as a supporter (if applicable).


Includes Discord rewards
Significant Contributor
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You'll get a mention in the next monthly update post each month
  • You'll get a more visible mention in a credits page
  • You'll be able to get access to active sources and projects that may not be public
  • Special requests: install scripts, MSI's, and special platform/OS requests or plugins will get priority.
  • Your product page will be highlighted as a significant supporter (if applicable)
  • Quarterly video chat
  • Assistance with use in your project
Includes Discord rewards