Ecofont

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Ecofont
Ecofont Logo.jpg
Category Display
Designer(s) SPRANQ
Foundry SPRANQ
Date created 2009
Ecofont Software
Developer(s) SPRANQ

Ecofont is the name of a TrueType font family, an application program for Windows, and a Dutch business firm.

Ecofont Vera Sans (originally called Eco Sans) was developed by SPRANQ in the Netherlands in order to reduce ink consumption when printing. Each character in the font contains tiny holes, thus reducing the amount of ink needed by approximately 15 percent when compared to the Vera Sans family on which Ecofont Sans is based.[1][2][3]

The Ecofont application program inserts small holes in other fonts in order to reduce ink consumption.

Both the software and the Ecofont Sans fonts are distributed and sold by Ecofont BV, based in Utrecht.

History[edit]

Test of the "Eco Sans" font in comparison with the "Bitstream Vera sans" font

The initial Ecofont Vera Sans was developed for office use to be an eco-friendly alternative for the often used Verdana typeface.

In a 2010 test, Ecofont Vera Sans saved 20% more ink when compared to Bitstream Vera Sans. However, both sans-serif fonts used more ink than most typical serif fonts.[4] Therefore Ecofont developed software to save ink when using any typeface, including serif fonts.

Ecofont software (formerly marketed as "Ecofont Professional") reduces ink consumption by riddling each character with holes, without reducing legibility.[5][6][7]

In 2011 Ecofont announced that a reproducible test comparing Arial with Ecofont Arial showed ink savings of 28%.[8]

Awards[edit]

The Eco Sans font received the European Environmental Design Award 2010 from DiMAD in Spain.[9]

Ecofont received the Accenture Innovation Award 2011 in the category Consumer Products,[10] the Sprout Challenger Award in 2012 [11] and the SMEs Innovation Top 100 in 2013 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FoxNews.com (December 22, 2008). "Dutch Company's 'Ecofont' Saves Printer Ink". Fox. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  2. ^ Parker, Tristan (22 December 2008). "The ecofriendly font that saves on ink". Environment Blog (London: guardian.co.uk). Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ STERLING, TOBY (December 22, 2008). "Dutch Company Punches Holes in Font to Save Ink". AP Business Writer. The Associated Press/ABC News. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Ecofont". Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  5. ^ "How it works". Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  6. ^ Susan Wilson (24 July 2009). "Use Ecofont to save your printer ink". TECH.BLORGE. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  7. ^ Jason Fitzpatrick (2012-10-10). "Ecofont Saves Your Ink". Lifehacker. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "What is the evidence for the toner saving?". Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  9. ^ (Spanish) DiMAD (25 March 2010). "First European Environmental Design Award BEST_ED". DiMAD. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  10. ^ AccentureNL (11 November 2011). "Accenture Innovation Awards 2011". AccentureNL. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Sprout (6 November 2012). "Sprout Challenger Award 2012". Sprout. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Syntens (12 June 2013). "SMEs Innovation Top 100, nr 1, 2013". Syntens Innovatiecentrum. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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