01/19/2011 11:42 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Comic Sans, Papyrus: Do Ugly Fonts Help Us Learn?

On the subject of fonts (or, typefaces, to use the more technically accurate term), feelings often run high. People have their favorites, for reasons both practical and sentimental. The story of how Helvetica became the preeminent typeface of our times has inspired a documentary film, while loathing of Comic Sans has prompted what can only be called a typographical jihad.