Measuring Type


Matt Robinson in collaboration with Tom Wrigglesworth compared a selection of the most commonly used typefaces for how economical they are with the amount of ink which they use at the same point size. Large scale renditions of the typefaces were drawn out with ballpoint pens, allowing the remaining ink levels to display the ink efficiency of each typeface. Measuring Type.

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  1. i went to uni with these guys! nice ones guys!

  2. Cool idea!! I like this.

  3. …which means that us cheapskates/environmentalists should print everything in Garamond :D Very happy Comic Sans didn’t win!

  4. Then there’s Eco Font, which is Veranda with a bunch of holes cut in it. The natural dot-gain of inkjet printers fills it in for you.

  5. This really makes me want to do my own testing.

  6. I think it’s a mistake to compare at equal point sizes – it’s an irrelevant comparison. What Courier might save on ink, it will surely make for in additional paper. And not all type of a particular point size will be the same size when printed. One thing is true, however: Comic Sans wastes heaps of ink and paper. Take that however you please.

  7. Kvh, that font is awesome. I’m so glad you’ve posted that, its the first I have seen this font. I am going to give it a try and see how well it does on my printer. Has anyone tested how much ink it can potentially save? They say 20% on the site, but I don’t really see any sources to back it up. If you know anymore that would be great.

  8. Pretty dull choice of typefaces.

  9. FYI, EcoFont is just a re-worked screen font (Prima Sans developed for Netscape). Secondly it actually uses 30% MORE ink than Garamond. See here:

    If you really want to save ink (and paper!) check this out:

  10. I’d like to see wing dings added to the experiment, because as is, it’s not quite silly enough.

  11. Hilarious! I love it

  12. Call me crazy but that guy in the picture looks so damn hot! Look at that ass! I wanna rip his pants off right now lol