Back in 2012, a Princeton University study showed that our brains can better remember texts when the typeface used is a little harder to decipher. According to the psychologist Daniel Oppenheimer, this is not least due to the fact that texts can not be overrun so easily. So we have to look more closely at the text and that leaves more of it hanging in our brains.
Now, Australian RMIT University designers have picked up the research and have specifically designed a font that will make learning easier. The font is called Sans Forgetica and can be downloaded from the project website for free in OTF format. In addition, the team of RMIT University has created a Chrome extension that displays texts on the web on request in Sans Forgetica.
Sans Forgetica: How a font can help with learning
According to Oppenheimer , there are many indications that difficult to read texts make us more doubtful about understanding the content. Due to this uncertainty, we are dealing more intensively with the subject matter. The result: On average, subjects could later recall ten percent more of the material than using an easy-to-read font.