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I was listening to Norah Young of Spark on CBC Radio on Saturday. In their own words: “Spark is a weekly audio blog of smart and unexpected trendwatching. It’s not just technology for gearheads, it’s about the way technology affects our lives, and the world around us. 

As someone who does a lot of presentation work I am passionate about fonts. So the item on the “ecofont” made my ears perk up. Gerjon Zomer, a Dutch entrepreneur and visual artist, has designed an environmentally friendly font!  His challenge was to see how much of a font could be removed yet still maintain legibility. After much testing he determined that the most effictive design was essentially a polkadot font, one where there were as many white dots as possible. He maintains that this font uses 20% less printer ink than standard fonts.

I was so captivated by this whimsical creation that I determined to put it to use in our paper gobbling office. Janet, our very talented Office Manager has just finished converting all our Simply Accounting templates to the ecofont. She is just as excited and proud as I am at implementing this micro conservation measure. We will be closely watching our HP printer reports to see how those incredibly expensive cartridges are holding up.  I want to nominate Gerjon Zomer of Sprang to our Heal the World category for this charming and inspired contribution to the good of the world. 

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