By now, it's become clear that digitization goes a long way towards protecting our planet's resources, especially trees. We all know that if we have to print, we should reduce the font size and print double-sided, but what if you want to save some ink too? Netherlands-based SPRANQ has come up with an ink-saving font aptly named Ecofont.
The font is a basic sans-serif with a twist. Inside each letter are open circles where no ink is used. When used in a 9 - 11 point size, the font doesn't stand out as different, but if used in larger point sizes, the circles become obvious. For the occasional printed page though, the font works as well as any other and the company claims that it uses 20 percent less ink.
The company hopes that the font will lead people to think about their overall printing behavior and try to conserve wherever possible. The font is available for download here at no cost.
Whether this font actually makes a difference in people's paper and ink use may not really matter. Often design can just remind us that thinking creatively is the key to any problem, including protecting the planet.
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