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Virtually all of us can appreciate a helpful memory boost now and then, and the downloadable font Sans Forgetica offers an innovative tool to do just that. Readers were just as fascinated by this inventive idea as Scout staff, making Sans Forgetica one of the most popular tech tools of the past year. In addition to its clever name, we also love that Sans Forgetica has a Chrome extension so that those who read more than they type can also take advantage of the memory-boosting font.

Students and learners who use typewritten notes may want to check out Sans Forgetica, a free "downloadable font that is scientifically designed to help you remember your study notes." Released in October 2018, Sans Forgetica was developed using a theory of cognitive psychology known as "desirable difficulty" to be just a little more difficult to read, the idea being that this "prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing." This font was created by an interdisciplinary team of psychology and design researchers (including the famous typographer Stephen Banham) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Here, visitors can see a demonstration of the font and watch three short videos explaining the science behind it and how it was made. Sans Forgetica can be downloaded as an OpenType font file for both Mac and PC computers, and a Chrome extension to convert in-browser text to Sans Forgetica is also available.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-05-31
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0531

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