Expert / 13 October, 2021 / My Baba

Parental Control, Ep 22: I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic?

Sam Barclay is a graphic designer, photographer and author of the book ‘I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic’.

Dyslexia is a subject very close to my heart, both my husband and I are dyslexic and have unsurprisingly passed it on to our children. This book absolutely gripped me from page one, mainly because Sam isn’t a dyslexic specialist but he is, himself, dyslexic.

His book makes it really easy for people to understand what it’s like to have dyslexia and in particular, about the difficulties associated with reading. I was delighted to welcome Sam to the podcast to talk through what it’s like to be dyslexic.

We touched on everything from graphics and typeface to the creativity and communication skills that many people with dyslexia have. There are so many resources for the subject, but ones that I particularly like are Helen Arkyll Dyslexia Centre, Do it, and

I’ll leave you with my favourite dyslexia quote from one of the most famous dyslexics, Albert Einstein. “Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”


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Sam Barclay, author of ‘I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic’

A graphic designer, photographer and author of the book ‘I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic’.

Sam left school at 16 and worked as a plumber for six years before his fascination for architectural drawings led him to apply to study a degree in Graphic Design. I graduated in 2013 from the University of Portsmouth with a First and the highest accolade, a commendation from the International Society of Typographic Design.

Sam has worked as a graphic designer for Make Architects where they won Red Dot Awards in 2017 and 2018, and now work with multiple companies and individuals as a freelance designer and photographer.

Sam Barclay’s book ‘I wonder what it’s Like to be Dyslexic’ has gone on to be featured on some of the biggest media websites such as Wired, Fast Company, Huff Post and Huff Post Live where the piece about it was the most viewed article of the week. The book is in it now in its third edition and available to buy on Sam’s website and via Amazon.

This episode is sponsored by Bob Books.


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