A Dutch company looking for ways to reduce the environmental costs of printing has developed a new font that it says cuts ink usage by about 15 percent, reports the Associated Press. In essence, the "Ecofont" has little holes in the letters. Spranq, the Utrecht-based marketing and communications company that designed the font, struck on a Swiss-cheese design after failures with earlier experiments using thin letters and partial letters–like the stripes of a zebra. "It turns out that it’s necessary to preserve the size and outline of letters to keep them readable," company co-founder Gerjon Zomer says. He concedes the font isn’t beautiful, but says it could be adequate for personal use or for internal use at a company or school system. Spranq offers the font free of charge on its web site. Zomer says his site saw a spike in traffic last week as word of the Ecofont began to spread…

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