Fonts & Styles That Use Less Ink and Save You Money

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Fonts Test by Toner Buzz

 We tested 7 of the most popular economical fonts. Choosing the right font can save you as much as 77% on your printing costs!

Here at Toner Buzz we decided to put these “eco fonts” to the test. 

Determined to find the best fonts for print, we dove deep into which fonts to use.

We took seven of the most popular low-consumption print fonts and ran pages until our ink ran out.

To be sure that our results were objective, we used only black ink and printed just black and white text.

What did we learn from our test fonts?

Surprisingly, several modern, environmental fonts used the most ink, while old classics flexed their storied reputations. Score a win for the senior citizens of the typeface world!

Find out more about our printing fonts test in this video:

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Ryman Eco

Ryman Eco is a sustainable font developed by Monot

Ryman Eco is a sustainable font developed by Monotype’s Type Director Dan Rhatigan along with Grey London and trusted UK stationer Ryman in an effort to find the perfect balance between slashing ink costs, maintaining high readability, and visual appeal.

If Ecofont uses dots, Ryman Eco uses white spaces between dozens of lines to make up each letter, reducing the inked surface area on a document. This translates to 33% less ink usage compared to standard fonts like Georgia and Verdana – and uses 27% less ink than other sustainable fonts.

Ryman Eco is also versatile. The characters look normal at point sizes 10 to 14 thanks to the bleeding of ink and toner, making it effective for everyday use. The tiny lines, white spaces, and curves become visible at larger sizes, but the text remains readable and aesthetically pleasing.

And here’s the best bit: There are no initial costs to recoup and you can start saving on ink right away as the Ryman Eco font is free to download.

According to the creators, if everyone used Ryman Eco for printing, the whole world would save 490 million ink cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil while reducing yearly CO2 emissions by up to 6.5 million tons.

Ink Adds Up! Use Fonts That Save Money!

Does using an extra drop of two of ink during a print job really matter?

Maybe not.

But fonts that use more ink take longer to print, and therefore, consume more electricity. You’ll also run out of ink faster, which means more energy will be consumed manufacturing and shipping you a new ink cartridge.

Plus, you’ll be adding to a global waste problem, even if you recycle your empty plastic ink cartridge properly. Removing ink from recycled paper is also a chemical-heavy task, and more ink makes it that much more difficult.

The best fonts to use in Windows and its programs

To give you an idea, since it is generally something we do not usually focus on, next, we are going to talk about the most important fonts used in Windows 10. Specifically, we are going to mention some of the best fonts that you can use in the operating system and its programs at the same time cannot be absent under any circumstances. Anyway, don’t worry, these tend to be included in the vast majority of operating systems, not just Windows, and their corresponding applications.

This allows us to avoid compatibility problems with fonts used by certain documents or installed programs.

Arial

First of all, we find one of the most popular and used fonts in the world, In fact, it could be said that it is one of the standards in this regard. This is why Arial is one of the most famous typefaces. It should be noted that this is something that is extended both in paper and on the internet.

To give you an idea, this is the default font used by the powerful online text editor Google Docs . At the same time, it is interesting to know that sometimes this particular font can be found as ArialMT .

Times New Roman

And we are going to continue with another of the classics for many years both in the Microsoft operating system, as well as on the internet and in most applications. Specifically we refer to Times New Roman, which is known as a variation of the old Times of the Serif group. For many experts, this is a font that is characterized by having a more professional appearance than other popular and important ones.

It is precisely for this reason that Times New Rom

It is precisely for this reason that Times New Roman is one of the most used in the media with more formal content. At the same time, this typeface is widely used on news websites and official institutions.

Courier New

It is very possible that many of you are familiar with the font called Courier since it has been with us for a good number of years. Well, now we are going to talk about a font or it is considered as the most modern alternative to the aforementioned Courier. In fact, Courier New is a somewhat thinner and more stylized font than the original. This actually translates to a more visually appealing typeface on screen.

It is for all this that we tell you why most devic

It is for all this that we tell you why most devices and operating systems work to a large extent by displaying Courier New.

Verdana

Here we have another of the fonts that could not be missing in this selection for Windows 10. In fact, if something characterizes this particular font, it is how easy it is to read and understand. This is something that is made extensible even when we use the font in a smaller size than usual. The same happens when we see the Verdana font on the screen on devices that support a low resolution. It is precisely for all this that this element is used both on websites and in printed catalogs.

Arial Rounded MT

Arial Rounded MT

Next, we will talk about one of the variants that come to us of the previously mentioned Arial. It should be noted that Arial Rounded MT is a variant of it, but with some peculiarities. In fact, we could say that this is one of the versions of Arial that offers a more elegant design. That is why at this time it will already be installed in most operating systems , including Windows 10.

In addition, little by little it is spreading more

In addition, little by little it is spreading more and more in all types of web pages, especially in corporate ones or with more formal content.

Candara

This is another of the fonts that practically cannot be missing in any operating system, hence it is one of the most characteristic of Windows. In fact, this is a font that we already found in Windows Vista and that has stood the test of time due to its widespread use. If something characterizes this particular typeface, it is that it is compatible with the Windows ClearType text rendering system.

Garamond

For many businesses and home users, Garamond&#8217

For many businesses and home users, Garamond’s power lies in its elegance and readability. For those reasons alone, it’s a firm favourite for use across all sorts of printed materials, from newspapers and magazines to flyers and brochures. But did you know it’s also possibly the most eco-friendly of all the ‘standard’ fonts and uses 30% less ink than the more popular Times New Roman at the same point size? No, not many people do.

How does it do that? Well, there is a bit of a caveat here actually, because Garamond is a smaller font.

Letter-for-letter, at the same point size, Garamond is 15% smaller than most other fonts. For many people, that won’t present an issue. But if you need to increase the point size to maintain readability, you’ll also be ramping up your ink usage and you’re not going to benefit from the cost savings. Worth bearing in mind.

Print Test Results

Fonts Pages printed before ink started to run out
Calibri 145
Century Gothic 145
Ecofont Vera 146
Times New Roman 166
Ryman Eco 216
Garamond 243
Courier New 256

Choosing an eco font

When it comes to choosing fonts that save ink, size matters. The smaller the surface area of the font, the less ink it requires to print. For example, everybody’s favorite default font, Times New Roman, is pretty economical thanks to the thin letters. Look for terms like Thin, Condensed or Narrow, as they usually indicate that the font has been designed to use less ink.

Another rule of thumb is to choose fonts that are sans serif, as those little flourishes can add up to a lot of extra ink usage. Note that the “sans” rule isn’t a hard and fast rule—Times New Roman has serifs, but it’s still more eco-friendly than some sans serif fonts out there.

Above all, keep your font readable. Otherwise, your materials are likely to be thrown away without consideration, which means that all of that ink you might have saved from printing with an eco-friendly font was for naught.

If you need a place to start, here’s a list of some of the best ink-saving fonts that you might want to consider.

  • 1. Ryman Eco

    The letters in Ryman Eco are hollow with very thinRyman Stationery, an office supply chain store in the UK, has created what they call “the world’s most beautiful sustainable font.” Ryman Eco is a free font that uses 33% less ink than standard fonts and looks gorgeous doing it.

    The letters in Ryman Eco are hollow with very thin lines, but when printed at a small enough size, the audience is none the wiser because the ink bleeds together. At larger sizes, the hollow letters are more apparent, but the look is actually quite interesting and may help to engage your audience.

  • 2. Ecofont Sans

    Ecofont isn’t just a font face; it’s aRyman Stationary isn’t the only game in town when it comes to eco-friendly font options. A company called Ecofont is dedicated to helping people use less ink when they print text. Their signature font, Ecofont Sans, has tiny holes poked into the letters to use less ink. Again, at smaller sizes, the holes are negligible due to ink bleed.

    Ecofont isn’t just a font face; it’s also software that can help you poke tiny holes in the standard fonts you typically use, such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana, Times New Roman and Trebuchet MS. Using the Ecofont software, you can reduce your ink usage by up to 50%. Be aware, however, that neither the software nor the Ecofont Sans font are free.

  • 3. Courier

    Courier has a retro typewriter style that might noA much more reader-friendly option than Garamond, the standard font Courier uses letters that are thin but not small, which means you won’t have to make your text any larger than normal to make it legible.

    Courier has a retro typewriter style that might not work for every design scheme, but that’s exactly what makes it so economical—it was designed for typewriters, which means it was designed to save on ink.

  • 4. Century Gothic

    There is a downside to Century Gothic, however; itAgain, thanks to the early days of print, we have ink-saving fonts like Century Gothic that are designed with thin letters for maximum readability and minimal ink usage. Century Gothic is also a sans serif font, so it saves more ink by staying simple.

    There is a downside to Century Gothic, however; it’s wider than most fonts, so it takes up more room on the page. Depending on how much you need to use it in your print design, this could mean needing more paper than usual.

  • 5. Brush Script

    we’re not the biggest fans of Brush ScriptAs you might recall, we’re not the biggest fans of Brush Script. But strangely enough, it actually uses less ink than Times New Roman, even with all the fancy add-ons and curlicues. It’s not our favorite (and it’s not especially readable), but it could make for an eco-friendly alternative for a headline or logo font since it saves more ink than your standard bold fonts.

The key is finding a balance between clean, legible design and eco-friendliness. If you absolutely have to use big, fat, ink-draining fonts because your design aesthetic requires it, find other ways to offset the cost to the environment, such as switching to a recycled stock.

Brush Script

Robert Smith designed this casual connecting scrip

Robert Smith designed this casual connecting script typeface in 1942. Brush Script dons cheerful strokes that resemble letters handwritten with an ink brush while the lower case letters are purposefully made to look irregular.

The problem with brush script is that it’s outdated and has been used in print for more than half a century. Nevertheless, it’s a good font to use as far as ink economy is concerned. Designers found, rather surprisingly, that it uses less ink than Times New Roman even with all of its add-ons, thick strokes, and tails.

Brush script isn’t a sophisticated typeface, but it’s an acceptable, eco-friendly font for headlines and logos than other bold fonts.

Wrap-Up

These 8 ink-friendly fonts are readily available to help cut printing costs. But of course, printing sustainably and slashing costs shouldn’t stop with ink-efficient typefaces – especially if you’re running a business.

Hiring a managed print service provider, choosing energy- and ink-efficient printers, printing only what needs printing – these are just some of the steps you can take to save even more so don’t hesitate to explore these options.

About Comma Chameleon

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