Sam Barclay graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2013 with a first class honours in BA Graphic Design. But the journey that led him to university was challenging, Sam has suffered from dyslexia his entire life and was often labelled as lazy by school teachers.
Sam overcame those challenges he’d faced since school. After hard work and dedication, he received a first-class honours degree, a commendation from the International Society of Typographic Design and has gone on to work in various companies and studios across London. Most impressively, Sam has published three graphic design books since graduating too.
'I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic' is an educational series of books, helping people better understand how those with dyslexia see the written word. Sam has released three versions, each one updated with what he has learnt along the way.
He said, “About 17 per cent of the population suffer from dyslexia, I Wonder What It’s Like to be Dyslexic will help everyone from employers to parents understand visually the personal struggle that it brings.”
The first edition received worldwide press attention and his typographic design-led experience was celebrated by educators.
“I was inspired to write partly because when I was at school, teachers often told my parents that I was lazy during parent evenings. They would say ‘What do we do with a boy like Sam’ and ‘We call him Lazy Bones.
Experiences like this – a common misunderstanding that many people with dyslexia will recognise – are included in this book to help fellow dyslexics and parents relate to the struggles they face. I hope the book challenges myths, creates awareness and ultimately helps stop another kid from being called ‘Lazy Bones’.”
The interest in the book is growing rapidly through press, influencers and social channels helping Sam raise awareness and change perceptions of the learning difficulty.
"This book demonstrates very clearly the range of trials and tribulations experienced by someone struggling to make sense of the written word. In my opinion, this is a 'must-have' resource for both parents and professionals wanting to support and understand the difficulties experienced by people trying to master the craft of reading, especially in this information-rich world and when literacy achievements in this country are apparently at an all-time low," says Jeannie Low Ying, retired Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist.