Trying to retain stuff in your mind can be a difficult task, especially if you have test coming up next week. What if I told you of a new type of font that helps boost memory power? Melbourne-based designers in partnership with behavioural scientists at RMIT University have created this new font, called 'Sans Forgetica', which ironically makes reading more difficult. Due to its broken and disjointed structure, the font is evidently more difficult to read than most typefaces.
The point behind this is to make your brain work harder while reading, so that your focus increases and so does the retaining capacity. The ‘desirable difficulty’ you experience while reading information formatted in Sans Forgetica prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing. Although this extra effort just takes a fraction of a second more, this font seems to be working. It does help you in retaining that extra information compared to the text you read in fonts like Aerial or others.
Recently a study was conducted on around 400 university students, which noted a small increase in memory retention using Sans Forgetica compared to Arial. Students reading Sans Forgetica were found to remember 57 percent of the text, compared to only 50 percent when reading in Arial.
Although the statistics do look promising and the experiment I conducted on myself came out positive, it is unlikely that you’ll want to use this font as part of everyday reading. But Sans Forgetica will undoubtedly help examination burdened students a great deal. You can download it here for free.