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In my Google Reader today, I came across this from instantShift: 40 New Free Fonts for Your Designs.  Those of you who know me, know I am addicted to fonts and icons and FREE!

In this set of fonts, I highly recommend downloading:

  • AE Speedway
  • RBNo2
  • Afta
  • Satellite
  • Yeseva

These are my Jumptags for April 20th through May 17th:

These are my Jumptags for February 9th through March 17th:

Specimen of the typeface Century Gothic.
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I have to admit, coming from a printing background, I am pretty sensitive to hype when it comes to Earth Day and environmentalism.  In fact, my wife has made me even more sensitive.  Recently, her new coming Allkidscrafts.com has had me brainstorming and testing recycling crafts for about a month now.  Two recent articles, though, bring together my printing background and my technology interests together.

The first article is from Dinesh Ramde at the Associated Press and considers whether changing the font will in fact save you money by reducing ink costs.  Ramde cites out two other sources.  Printer.com conducted research with different fonts and how much ink they use.  Their results?  The top five fonts with least ink usage were:

  1. Century Gothic
  2. Ecofont
  3. Times Roman
  4. Calibri
  5. Verdana

It’s important to mention that Arial came in at number six, though. Ramde went on to consider a biology professor at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay’s idea to save money.  Dr. Matthew Dornbush got the idea of recommending a font switch for the default in the university’s email systems.  Back to Printer.com’s research, Century Gothic, a sans serif font like Arial and Helvetica, used approximately 30% left ink than Arial.

Seems pretty cut and dry?  Make the switch, right?  Not so fast, a very smart Diane Blohowiak, the coordinator of information technology use support at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, noted that Century Gothic is wider than Arial and Times Roman for that matter.  I call it a “fat font” or a “phat font.”  (You decide.)  You can see that one of the hallmarks of Century Gothic is that its letter Os are perfect circles, as are the Cs and Gs.  This will certainly cause the type in this font to take up more space and probably use more paper.  (By the way, Arial and Helvetica both have the perfect-circle-Os, too, but the space between letters is smaller.)  Eek!  Ramde reported that Blohowiak said,

Research suggests that ink comprises the main cost of a printout, but the environmental costs of paper are probably higher.

The university is going ahead with the switch, though.

What do you think?  Are you willing to make the switch?  Think it will use more paper?

These are my Jumptags for January 31st through February 9th:

These are my Jumptags for January 11th through January 12th:

These are my Jumptags for January 8th

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These are my Jumptags for November 23rd

These are my Jumptags for November 13th