Daily question: Focusing on the margins?


In the picture you can see how the Ecofont is created by omitting parts of the letter. At the shown size, this obviously is not very nice, but at a regular font size it is actually very usable. Naturally, the results vary depending on your software and the quality of your screen. The Ecofonts works best for OpenOffice, AppleWorks and MS Office 2007. Printing with a laser printer will give the best printing results.

The Ecofont is based on the Vera Sans, an Open Source letter, and is available for both PC and MAC.


It’s hard to be against motherhood and apple pie, but

would you still use ecofont if you found out, for example, that your PC and printer had to work harder to render so many curves in the form of holes and thus ended up wasting more electricity?

3 thoughts on “Daily question: Focusing on the margins?

  1. I fear this font would cause the reader to miss many points of my writing, as well as find holes in my argument.

  2. Methinks the eco-friendliness of the font is overblown. It’s a clever marketing technique, but as you point out, it is only saving ink at larger font sizes. I’m left scratching my head, wondering if the designers have heard of outline fonts, or of thinner letterforms, or even 50% gray.

    I do applaud the idea that we should all think carefully about paper and ink use, but this font comes across as a marketing stunt to me.

  3. To answer the question, probably not. But would that actually be the case? The energy spent on CPU/GPU cycles to render that font must surely be negligible compared to the energy required to power the LCD or play a few seconds of video. Isn’t worrying about this “focusing on the margins” in itself?

    This reminds me of this article I read a while ago about how a light-on-dark Google would save tons of energy each year:


    Highly optimistic and growing less relevant as CRTs continue to disappear, but I guess it’s ultimately not really much trouble.

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