Ecofont Saves Ink, Reduces Printing Costs

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How can you save ink and reduce printing costs? A Dutch company has designed a new font called Ecofont which promises to use 20% less ink while printing.

How much of a letter can be removed while maintaining readability? After extensive testing with all kinds of shapes, the best results were achieved using small circles. After lots of late hours (and coffee) this resulted in a font that uses up to 20% less ink.

We tested Ecofont and here is what an enlarged version of the font looks like with all the spaces between.
ecofont
When printed in regular font sizes (they recommend size 9-10), these holes are hardly noticable, but they save ink. The sans serif format also helps to save more ink. The Ecofont is based on the Vera Sans, an Open Source letter, and is available for both PC and MAC. Ecofonts works best for OpenOffice, AppleWorks and MS Office 2007.

Download Ecofont. Its all about saving the environment.


5 comments on “Ecofont Saves Ink, Reduces Printing Costs

  1. Jack Yan says:

    I dont want to be a party-pooper because I think SPRANQ has done something pretty inspirational. But they based the design on Bitstream Veraand thats a very wide typeface. That means fewer characters per line, which means more paper needs to be used.

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      I think this concept can be applied to many more fonts, and that should work.

  2. Melissa says:

    Whoooray! Great idea! Ink is so expensive! I’d love to buy less ink! Hopefully we can get the ink sellers on board with this idea.

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