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As anyone who owns a low-to-mid range printer probably knows, printer cartridges are prohibitively expensive. In fact, they often cost just about as much as printers themselves do. Which is a very good reason to try to make use of them as economically as possible. And it seems that you can do that more effectively my making the right font choices.

Data from, a Dutch company, reveals that Century Gothic and Times New Roman are the least ink-intensive fonts, with Arial, Calibri and Verdana coming in second place, and Trebuchet, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Medium right after them.

The ink-intensiveness of a font is primarily dependent upon the thickness of its lines. Slightly counter-intuitively, “serif ” fonts (ones with little horizontal lines at the top and bottom of most letters) tend to use less ink than their “sans serif” counterparts. That’s because despite the added serifs, these fonts tend to make use of thinner lines for the main bodies of the letters.

Unfortunately, there’s a trade-off to take into consideration here. Fonts that are less ink-intensive tend to be more “spaced out”, meaning you may need to use more paper to print using them. A document that fits comfortably on one page in Arial could extend to a second space if switched to Century Gothic, for instance.

Microsoft Corporation, however, feels that the best thing to do is to avoid the trade-off altogether, and encourage people to avoid printing in the first place. The more pleasing a font looks on screen, the less likely it is that someone will feel the need to click Print, they say.

Screen-prettiness, therefore, is one of the criteria they use in deciding what fonts to include in software such as MS Word; and it’s why the defaults were changed from Times New Roman and Arial to Calibri and Cambria in Office 2001. They might even have swapped Calibri for Segoe UI in Office 2010 for the same reason.

[Info from: Technology Review;


I don’t know much about art, but I do know what I like. So I’ve decided to create a new category to showcase some of my favourite works of art. I’ll do my best to provide some information on why I think each one of them is special- but that effort may be seriously impeded by my general indolence…

Anyways, expect to see a lot of  M.C. Escher and van Gogh;  some Monet, some Manet and some Picasso; and even a little bit of Leonardo (da Vinci).