WHAT IS ……. ECOFONT ?

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WHAT IS ……. ECOFONT ?

 user 2009-04-03 at 12:37:48 pm Views: 54
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    http://thefutureofthings.com/pod/6764/ecofont-cuts-ink-by-20.html
    Ecofont Cuts Ink by 20%
    The
    Dutch company SPRANQ has released a new environmentally friendly, free
    to use font called “Ecofont.” The idea behind Ecofont is to use small
    circular holes in the letters, cutting ink usage by 20%. Using the new
    font can reduce operating costs and the company hopes it will also help
    spread environmental awareness.SPRANQ’s earlier font design included
    zebra-like stripes and using thin or partial letters. “It turns out
    that it’s necessary to preserve the size and outline of letters to keep
    them readable,” company co-founder Gerjon Zomer says. However, with
    plenty of testing, the team established that the Swiss-cheese design
    was the most efficient. After extensive trials, the company found out
    that the Ecofont is most effective at the sizes of 9 or 10 on paper.
     
    SPRANQ
    provides Ecofont free for home users and for businesses, and there is
    also a sans serif Verdana version that would be suitable for internal
    company printing. By using the new font companies and individuals can
    cut up to one fifth of their ink costs with minimal effort. The
    team at SPRANQ also hopes that the font will increase environmental
    awareness, giving a few tips such as to mention that home users should
    only print when necessary and use a modern, efficient printer with
    unbleached paper. Graphic designers should use advanced colour
    separation techniques to prevent pointless ink wastage. People should
    try to use plant-based ink and to avoid conventional laser techniques
    that make ink inseparable from the paper.Not only is the font is a
    free, but is also open-source and the company is inviting developers to
    enhance the Ecofont further. Zomer says Arabic and Hebrew versions are
    already under development.
     
    TFOT has previously written about
    “Printing in Green,” which is the world’s first “green” laser toner
    that is derived from soybeans. You can also check out our article about
    a green computing study and practice of efficient and eco-friendly
    computing resources, and Xerox’s Inkless Printer which does not require
    ink of any kind.