Think Ink

Ecofont Image

Ecofont is a green typeface that aims to save both money and resources through its use.

There are a growing variety of options out there for businesses and people seeking to save money on their production costs: papers made with various percentages of post-consumer waste and soy based inks are both leaving a reduced impact on the environment, but not many of us have considered how our typeface choices could have a similar effect.

Ecofont, a typeface by Dutch marketing firm Spranq, was designed to use less ink in production than other typefaces, in effect saving both money and resources. Based on the sans-serif typeface Bitstream Vera, Ecofont incorporates a number of tiny holes – each about a fifth of a 10-point – into the typeface’s existing characters. Upon printing, excess ink bleeds into these tiny spaces producing the same effect as the typeface it originates from, but results in less ink on the page.

If less ink used during production means an increase in savings, how much can a business expect to save through using Ecofont? Executives at Spranq claim that a business with 5,000 workers could trim over $100,000 from annual printing costs by using Ecofont. Spranq also claims Ecofont users can also save up to a quarter of their costs on either ink or toner by using this typeface.

Unfortunately, like many green practices, choosing Ecofont may not come without a sacrifice. When printed at sizes larger than its preferred size (10 points), the empty circles incorporated into each character become increasingly visible and lead to a less-than desirable result on the page. Despite this arguably large design drawback, if the claims about Ecofont hold true, it’s a worthy addition to your font library.

For your free copy of Ecofont, visit ecofont.edu

What Type Are You?

What Type Are You?

Visit 'What Type Are You?': a micro-site developed by Pentagram, and discover a typeface that reflects your personality.

Marina Script: emotional, understated, traditional, disciplined; “a 1936 version of a writing style that is centuries old. It is a typeface with delicately emotional swoops and serifs delivered with an aristocratic precision & restraint... apparently, it’s also my personality summed up in a typeface.

Typefaces, and the letters they depict, are a lot like people. They come in all shapes, sizes, weights and forms. Some quietly grace the page while others scream for attention. Some are so wildly popular and well-known that it’s difficult to imagine a world without them while others simply depict the times or a trend.

Pentagram, one of the world’s most respected design firms, has created a site that explores the question: What type are you? The site, narrated by a faceless, Freudian faceless analyst, asks you four personality questions, after which you’re presented with a typeface that reflects your personality most accurately according to your answers. You’ll not only learn a little about yourself, but even a little bit of history behind the typeface which represents you.

Follow this link to try it for yourself (use the password “Character” to enter the site).