Sans Forgetica wins Premier’s Design Award

Sans Forgetica wins Premier’s Design Award

Sans Forgetica – a typeface that could help people remember more of what they read – has won a prestigious best in category accolade at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

RMIT’s Stephen Banham, Dr Janneke Blijlevens and Dr Jo Peryman worked together to develop, design and test the font, which inspired songs and the creation of a Wikipedia entry, received global media attention and connected them with academic peers and the public from around the world.

The trio was recognised with the Communication Design award during a ceremony held at MPavilion last night.

Dr Janneke Blijlevens and Stephen Banham. Not pictured: Jo Peryman Dr Janneke Blijlevens and Stephen Banham. Not pictured: Jo Peryman

They also claimed the top award in Communication Design and the Patron’s Australian Design Award at the 61st annual Good Design Awards earlier this year.

Sans Forgetica is believed to be the world’s first typeface specifically designed to help people retain information and remember more of typed study notes.

Despite working in different fields, the group agreed the font highlighted the power of academics to engage with everyone through hooking into a fascination and conversation around memory, recall, design and psychology.

They also agreed Sans Forgetica was still in its infancy. They are working on papers for publication in scientific and design journals, as well as following up on opportunities to test it in different settings.

School of Design lecturer and renowned typographer Stephen Banham said the trio was proud to win a Premier’s Design Award.

“Sans Forgetica has been an unforgettable project and, when we began working on it, we never thought we’d be here, being recognised at Victoria’s major design awards,” he said.

“It really captured the attention of people from all walks of life and hooked into a collective interest, and even concern, around memory and recall.”

Senior Lecturer Marketing (Experimental Methods & Design Thinking) and Behavioural Business Lab chair Dr Janneke Blijlevens said Sans Forgetica had ignited a “fire within” to focus on work that benefited society and was meaningful to people.

Story: Amelia Harris

21 November 2019


21 November 2019


  • Design
  • Media & Communication

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