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Comparison of fonts and their ink usage

You can save a lot on ink by choosing the right font for printing. Not too long ago, some Dutch folks designed a free font called Ecofont by hollowing out a version of Vera Sans that uses up to 20% less ink – ideal for daily home use. But a font with parts of it removed doesn’t look too nice and you can’t use it anywhere else other than for home printing.

Among the most regularly used typefaces, which font is the most economical for printing? Let’s see how designer Matt Robinson put it to test.

A selection of the most commonly used typefaces were compared for how economical they are with the amount of ink which they use at the same point size. Large scale renditions of the typefaces were drawn out with ballpoint pens, allowing the remaining ink levels to display the ink efficiency of each typeface.

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Matt Robinson’s experiment with ballpoint pens might not be accurate but it does prove a point.

[via Esquizopedia]


  1. Good info..

  2. Good one. Really nice reading and a different one!!! Thanks for sharing


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