Change fonts, save ink

| September 9, 2010 | 1 Comments

The Economist: Saving money on office supplies such as toner and ink could be as simple as changing fonts, The Economist reports.

The difference in ink usage between Arial and Century Gothic fonts might seem insignificant to the naked eye, but a 2009 study found that switching from the heavier Arial to thinner-lined Century Gothic could save businesses as much as $80 per printer per year. For the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which recently implemented just such a change, this could translate to savings of around $10,000 per year.

Dutch company Ecofont has taken this one step further, creating a new font called Vera Sans – a version of a commonly used font in which the individual figures are riddled with tiny holes. Ecofont’s software even lets users adapt normal fonts so the fonts display normally on screen, but are shot through with holes in print. The company says this simple measure can reduce ink or toner requirements by 25% without adversely affecting print quality. Read more.

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One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    One thing to consider is that Century Gothic has thennir letters than most fonts, but is also wider and more goes onto the next page. If your Arial document fits in 1 page, the same in Century Gothic might not. Have to weigh the cost and impact of ink vs. paper.

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