Dr. Robert Hillier is a semi-retired Senior Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He designed and developed the Sylexiad range of fonts for adult dyslexic readers as part of his doctoral research (2006). Hillier has presented his research findings at numerous design institutions and conferences, including the Design Principles and Practices Conference’s at University of California, Los Angeles (2012) and University Center, Chicago (2015) and also at the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) Conference in Reykjavik (2011).
Sylexiad has been written about in design publications including Communication Arts, Baseline, Novum, Étapes, Slanted, Ultrabold and the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. A chapter about the typeface is also featured in the book Supporting Dyslexic Adults in Higher Education and the Workplace published by Wiley Blackwell (2012). Sylexiad was included as part of the NEVERODDOREVEN exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery, London (2007) and has been used by Bloomsbury Publishing in their Wired Connect / High Low series (2016) aimed at struggling and reluctant readers. The font was the subject of an Academic Minute radio programme (2015) broadcast on sixty public stations across the USA and Canada.
Hillier’s solo exhibitions include List Landscapes at The Norwich Arts Centre (2010), Typologies: Making Lists, Marking Time at the St. Bride Library, London (2011) and Typography: Portrait / Landscape at the University of the Arts London (2014).
To-ing, a self-authored book is in the Tate Special Collections, Tate Britain, London (2013). Hillier has also exhibited work in the USA, Germany and South Korea.