Sans Forgetica – A Strange New Font That Promises To Help You Ace Every Test

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This new font promises to boost memory (Image Credit: RMIT University/ Dezeen.com

From creating crazy mnemonics to constructing elaborate mind maps, all of us have at some point experimented with techniques to help us recall relevant information during tests and exams. Now, a group of researchers at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have devised a new trick to help boost our memories – a gap-ridden, and oddly slanted, typeface that they ironically called Sans Forgetica!

The science behind the font (Image Credit: sansforgetica.rmit)

Released for free online download on October 3, 2018, the font is the first typeface specifically designed to help people, students in particular, retain more information. Based on the principles of cognitive science and psychology, Sans Forgetica comprises two main design elements – a backward slant of eight degrees and a series of small openings in the letters. While the combination results in some pretty weird looking text, it does make the reader take a second glance – precisely what it was designed to do. The RMIT researchers say the font creates a desirable point of difficulty, or a sweet spot, that is engaging yet legible.

Example of San Forgetica (Image Credit: sansforgetica.rmit)

But before you start converting all your notes to the memory-boosting font, the researchers do warn it should be used sparingly to remain effective. Janneke Blijlevens, of RMIT’s Behavioral Business Lab, who worked on the project, cautions that if the brain gets too much exposure to Sans Forgetica, it will get used to reading it just as easily as if it were Arial or Times New Roman, two of the world’s most ubiquitous fonts. The expert says, “We believe it is best used to emphasize key sections, like a definition in a text, rather than converting entire texts or books.”

Though the team has not published a scientific paper to support their claims, a study involving 400 university students found that 57% remembered more when they used Sans Forgetica, compared to 50% that studied using plain Arial. The researchers now hope to get more feedback from the public. "We really just want people to use it to experiment with it and see how it goes," says team leader Professor Stephen Banham. "We're looking forward to seeing what people do with it."

Eager to test if the font truly works? Read the words in the above image and see how many you are able to recall an hour later. Most importantly, don’t forget to let us, and the RMIT researchers know if it worked by voting below.

Resources: Smithsonianmag.com, www.rmit.edu.au.

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  • Galaxy dogFriday, November 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    I think it is 😎😎
    • nottoday678
      nottoday678Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:49 pm
      I think this will help a lot of people remember this because it is something different that we are not used to.
      • 😝Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5:50 am
        I liked it!!!😋
        • EThursday, November 15, 2018 at 8:17 pm
          I like it a lot
          • bookstory13
            bookstory13Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm
            Thanks! I looked it up, downloaded it, and am hoping for some good studying on my tests!
            • Secret personThursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm
              Looks weird and hard to read.😀
              • iRobot QueenThursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm
                this font is really cool
                • iRobot QueenThursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm
                  yeah i really like it. i wonder if it actually works?
                  • bookstory13
                    bookstory13Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm
                    Oho you bet it does!!!
                  • helpThursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm
                    *sans default dance*
                    • Another_FishThursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm
                      It looks really cool, it truly is ironic that they call it "sans forgetica".

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