The worst fonts

The worst fonts

Some people hardly pay any attention to the font they use, but for us here at INKredible it's a bit of a big deal.
 
Well we would say that wouldn't we? We are in the business of selling ink and toner cartridges, after all.
 
But really – we're quite keen on fonts. And we suspect you probably are, too. After all, anyone who takes a bit of pride in their work wants to make sure it looks good, right?
 
But the thing is...aren't some of the fonts you see today just awful? Whether it's some junk mail through the post or a university PowerPoint presentation, there are some really nasty fonts out there – in our view anyway.
 
So here's four of our least favourite fonts. Of course, you might disagree. Which is fair enough.


 
Comic Sans
 
Now, you just knew this one was going to make our list didn't you? Probably the most hated font of all, Comic Sans is a word you won't hear uttered all that often at INKredible towers.
 
Just look at it: it's so childish and informal, yet so many people use if you important things, like presentations, adverts and essays. Weird.
And what's the name all about? Comic Sans? What does that even mean?

 
Monotype Corsiva
 
Looking for a little, um, je ne sais quoi ? Opt for Monotype Corsiva. Or don't, if you want people to take you seriously.

 
Impact
 
Just awful. It's horribly blocky, far too thick and attempts to look 'cool' when in fact it, er, isn't cool.  At all.

 
WingDings
 
Who on earth actually uses this?
 
Us neither....



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Fancy a robot? Print your own...

Fancy a robot? Print your own...

A US-based project aims to make it possible for people to print robots on demand before the end of the decade. 

Researchers from three universities have secured funding to pursue the initiative that would see them build desktop technology that would allow almost anyone to design and print a specialised robot in just a few hours. 

The initiative is being funded by a $10 million (£6.3 million) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

The five-year project involves teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Virginia-based NSF said the move was part of an effort to "catalyse far-reaching research explorations motivated by deep scientific questions". 

Currently, it takes years and resources to produce, program and design a functioning robot. 

The printed robots would be 'pre-programmed' with certain tasks but users would be able to add more actions by programming additional commands, sent wirelessly to the robot. 

The new initiative, which would "completely automate" the printing process, is the latest stage in the development of 3D printing.

 

Speaking to the BBC, Professor Rob Wood from Harvard University said: "We think of printing as a broad class of techniques which are inherently accessible and relatively cheap. 

"3D printers are becoming more accessible but we want to go beyond that to create robots that encompass multiple functionalities, that have electrical and mechanical components, controllers and microprocessors. That's something that goes beyond today's state-of-the-art printers."

 

He said the research project could be used as a blueprint for future developments – envisaging 'one-stop-shop' machines that can print out a robot at home for less than $100. 

Sounds interesting, huh? We certainly think so...

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Why it's all about the font

 

Why it's all about the font

What's your favourite font? Here at INKredible we favour Times New Roman – simple, straight-laced, open and honest – a lot like our good selves!

Sans Serif? Comic Sans? Wingdings? You're having a laugh, aren't you?

Seriously though – we felt a blog about fonts was high time, given – and you'd be forgiven for not knowing this –  that the font you choose can vary the amount of ink that you use when printing.

In fact, it's one of several ways you can make your ink and toner last that little bit longer.

We're well into our green practices here at INKredible – and rightly recognise the good it can do for the environment – as well as your back pocket, of course.

On top of that, reducing the amount of waste cartridges, thinking of ways you can save on ink benefits you in the long run.

According to Which?, the consumer rights organisation, there are a range of steps you can take to bring down the cost of home printing.

"Printing in draft when you don't need best quality will save on ink," a spokesperson said. 

"Even changing the font you use or the font size can vary the amount of ink that hits the page - therefore affecting ink running costs." 

When it comes to getting a good price on ink and toner, people were advised to shop around, particularly if you're buying ink from the same brand as your printer. 

"Which? found you can end up paying up to twice as much for the same cartridge, depending on where you shop," the spokesperson added.

"Using ink from a brand that's different from your printer - non-OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or third party - is an option, as these can sometimes work out cheaper."

 

What are your tips for cutting down the cost of printing? Share them here. And tell us your favourite font, too.

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Cutting out the middleman: printing with your iPad

There was a time - and for many, this is still the case - when a PC was the be-all and end-all of the office space, with the printer serving merely as its servant; a physical extension unable to break free or fend for itself.

Whether you wanted to print documents from the internet or pictures from your camera, you would need these devices to play nice with the computer if it was to grant access to your printer.

But in the last few years, printers have increasingly found a voice of their own. First, we had devices that could connect to a network independently of any one PC, then came machines capable of speaking to your camera, or even the internet, directly.

Cutting out the middleman: printing with your iPad

Newer ranges from manufacturers such as Samsung are even able to communicate with smartphones and tablets, Apple's staple of trend-leading products included.

With the mobile revolution shifting focus away from desktop PCs and even laptops, many small businesses are starting to flirt with the idea of using an iPad or a smartphone to take care of their computing needs.

And if the PC no longer has a stranglehold on productivity in your workplace, it makes sense to select a printer that can communicate directly with the devices that you might want to use.

Maybe then, you could forget the middleman altogether.

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