A font that helps you remember what you read—Sans Forgetica

A font that helps you remember what you read – Sans Forgetica

A team of researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has come up with a new type font called Sans Forgetica. Its purpose is to help readers remember what has been written using it. The team behind the new font, which was developed with help from creative agency Naked, has spoken with the press about the font and created a web page where people can download the font. They claim it is the first font ever developed that helps people remember what they have read.

The idea for the came about as part of an effort to boost memory retention for students studying material for their coursework. The research team combined the expertise of behavioral scientists with design specialists to develop a font that is reasonably pleasing to the eye while inducing retention improvement. They came up with a slew of fonts that they thought might help with memory . They then tested them using 400 students as volunteers—Sans Forgetica came out on top.

The idea behind the new font was to create a slightly more difficult reading experience, forcing the reader to absorb each word as they stare at it. It is based on a cognitive psychology concept called "desirable difficulty" that improves deep cognitive processing by adding a degree of difficulty to a task, which is needed, apparently, for better . To that end, the team made the font slant the opposite direction of normal italics in text, and also removed sections of each letter. It is also sans serif. The result is a font that is definitely harder on the eyes, if not the brain. It also slows reading, which may not suit students engaging in all-night cram sessions the night before finals.

The team behind the font claims it could have many uses besides cramming for exams—they suggest it could also be used by anybody who needs to remember things like appointments or dates. All they need to do is visit the RMIT website and download it.


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Oct 05, 2018
Before devising this, it would have been helpful to examine the many reasons so many don't achieve in school.
Those who don't care, because they expect to get a big money position through their parents.
Those who don't apply themselves.
Those who don't read, meaning this will make them no more likely to succeed.
Those who are perpetually stoned.
Unsurprising they should report such success in this first "experiment". So many systems and projects that, in the end, turn out to be frauds, including such things as "whole language", "teach yourself", self esteem, computers in the classroom, report suspiciously encouraging results when devised, but fail when applied.

Oct 05, 2018
I give it one week before we start seeing this in advertising. Personally I don't want to have to remember the next Calvin Klein ad.

Dug
Oct 05, 2018
Interesting idea, but for all of us that have declining vision where letters read are just as problematic as San Forgettica - making seeing while reading more difficult - doesn't help with retention - or helping you remember where you left your glasses.

Oct 05, 2018
I'd be happy if ads became less readable.

... concerning this font. I'm not so sure it would work. Kids look away when being spoken to for a reason. Because looking at a face requires a lot of processing power, and the kid wants to understand the audio, so they look away from the face. ... If a kid is needing more processing power to decipher the words, then maybe they will have less for comprehension.

Oct 08, 2018
I think that this would be a temporary improvement in retention. As the read became accustom to the new font, I would expect their retention to decline back to the level of other fonts.

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