Day 6 of Eli’s top 7 favourite dyslexics – 2014 Dyslexia Awareness Week

Rob Holms
Rob Holms pictured at Dyslexia Information Day 10 photograph by Michael Wilkinson - Infocus Photography


Well, today is day 5 (yes i got it right today!) of  Dyslexia Awareness week and today I bring you another of my favourite dyslexics…. enjoy x

Your name:
Rob Holmes

Your Age (optional):

Business(s) name:
Wordtrigger & Vinegar

A brief description of what you/your business(s) do/does:
Wordtrigger is a board game for dyslexics which improves their reading and spelling, making it fun to learn. Through building letters from materials provided in the game – players are able to visualise and create words which will in turn help them be remembered.
Vinegar is an independent brand and creative agency, providing design solutions for established and emerging companies.
Our strengths lie in creativity, the ability to come up with new ideas and ways of looking at things differently.
We have a passion for all aspects of design, working extensively in advertising and brand communications developing beautiful work resulting in happy clients.

Area you live/your business is based:

When did you find out you were dyslexic?
Age 7

How did you feel when you found out you were dyslexic?
I was pleased there was a reason I couldn’t read as well as my friends
What difference has it made, if any, to your life /business since you found out you are dyslexic?
I can’t remember ever not being dyslexic. But it did make a massive difference to my life at first for all the wrong reasons in school finding it hard to keep up, always in the bottom set for everything and making friends with the kids that didn’t want to learn. In my later life I focused a lot of my studies on dyslexia – looking into ways to improve how we teach children in education. With my BA at Southampton I created image based literature that explained both sides of dyslexia in a visual style. More recently as part of my MA at Central St Martins I created a learning aid to help dyslexics to learn to read and write – which has developed into my board game – wordtrigger

What advice would you offer to other dyslexics?
To look at the positive side of dyslexia – read Ron Davis “the gift of dyslexia” and for younger children to play my game

What do you do to relax/hobbies?
Free time? I have a family now so most my free time is spent with my children – but I have always enjoyed painting, visiting restaurants and travelling.

Anything you want to add?
Don’t let being dyslexic hold you back – you can still achieve all your dreams and much more and you will often find you are gifted in other areas – there have been some fantastically talent and successful dyslexics such Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Eddie Izzard & Picasso.

Your website & business contact details:
07855 422 710

Rob Holms pictured at Dyslexia Information Day 10  photograph by Michael Wilkinson - Infocus Photography
Rob Holms pictured at Dyslexia Information Day 10
photograph by Michael Wilkinson – Infocus Photography
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By Elizabeth Wilkinson

Since entering the field of dyslexia back in 2000, The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant - Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE, has worked with and provided support for thousands of people, including businesses, families, and educators.