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Why you should use an ugly font like Comic Sans

Why you should use an ugly font like Comic Sans

If you want people to pay attention, use an ugly font like Comic Sans. Comic Sans is ugly, difficult to read, it attracts your attention, then you actually start trying to understand.

Why you should use an ugly font like Comic Sans?

Psychologists worked together with school teachers and they reformatted the school teacher’s handouts. For some classes, every single piece of work they saw, every handout they saw, was formatted in a standard font, like Times New Roman or Helvetica, easy to read. Other classes – all of the handouts they were getting were in something like Haettenschweiler, which is this dense German font or Monotype Corsiva, which is like handwriting or Comic Sans italicized which is hideous.

What seems to have gone in is: when they got the handout in Times New Roman, it is so easy to read, you glance at it, you sort of feel you have already read it.

When you have your attention, then you actually start trying to understand what it says. This small obstacle that grabs your attention, seems to make things a bit more difficult is actually helping you concentrate on your homework.

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