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‘Sans Forgetica’ Is The Typeface Designed By Researchers To Boost Your Memory
By Yoon Sann Wong, 04 Oct 2018
It’s said that consuming salmon, almonds and broccoli can enhance your memory. If you’re not in the mood for grub, there’s a non-edible joining the memory-boosting list that’s been specially designed by researchers: ‘Sans Forgetica’.
This typeface, created through “principles of cognitive psychology,” was designed by a multidisciplinary team comprising creative agency Naked and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) School of Design as well as its Behavioural Business Lab.
The sans serif typeface possesses two unique features. It slants mildly to the left and is riddled with holes. The latter makes the letters more challenging to read, thus tricking your brain into utilizing “deeper cognitive processing” and encouraging improved memory retention.
To determine the most ideal typeface for memory enhancement, 400 students were presented with a variety of different options. ‘Sans Forgetica’ offered the most promising results.
In The science of Sans Forgetica below, Dr Jo Peryman, chair of RMIT’s Behavioural Business Lab, explains, “‘Sans Forgetica’ performed the best at aiding memory because it broke just enough of the design principles without becoming too illegible.”
While the typeface was originally intended to help learners better remember their study notes, Dr Janneke Blijlevens—Senior Lecturer in Experimental Methods at RMIT—believes that its applications lie beyond classrooms and can aid people in remembering details that are personally significant to them.
Learn how it was made and the science behind the typeface below. ‘Sans Forgetica’ can be downloaded for free to use on the Mac and PC, or as a Chrome browser extension, here.
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[via CNET, images via Sans Forgetica]
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