The printed word cannot exist without a typeface, or a family of fonts. One typeface in particular has gained a reputation for being the most hated: Comic Sans. It was designed in 1994 by Vincent Connare, who created it for Melinda Gates after she requested a font for a cartoon Microsoft dog to "speak" in. And while Comic Sans is famous for being universally disliked, the British Dyslexia Association considers the typeface particularly helpful for children who have trouble reading because the typeface has distinct and clear lettering. A 2010 study found that students actually retained information better when it was typed in "disfluent" fonts, including Monotype Corsiva, Comic Sans Italicized, and Haettenshweiler, than the same material typed in Helvetica and Arial. Learn more about the importance of fonts and typeface below.