March 31, 2010
We’ve recently had discussions about the font of the VH site, changing it for readability etc. And now, for another interesting take on fonts… the ‘green’ font. From the AP, a recent news story from the UW – Green Bay.
UW-Green Bay: New e-mail font will save money
A Wisconsin college has found a new way to cut costs with e-mail — by changing the font.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic. It says the change sounds minor, but it will save money on printer ink when students print out e-mails in the new font.
Diane Blohowiak, the school’s director of computing, says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.
That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon.
Blohowiak says the decision is part of the school’s five-year plan to go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio it’s great that a change that’s eco-friendly also saves money.
I looked this up online and the story got picked up by several newspapers. Below a link to the story in the Washington Post – read the comments below the actual story. Some funny analysis as to whether this really is green…