money
The US Government Would Save £240 Million if it Just Switched Typefaces

Of the many schemes to make the government more efficient, this is probably the only one that involves typography. A teenager in Pittsburgh has calculated that by simply switching the typeface used in government documents from Times New Roman to Garamond, it would save taxpayers $400 million (£240 million) in ink. Read More >>

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Jamaican Dancehall Musicians Pioneer Insane Eyeball Tattoo Craze

Derick Walters, a man who sings in a dancehall stylee under the slightly more glamorous name of Mace, has apparently become the latest Jamaican singer to take part in the bewilderingly fashionable concept of the eyeball tattoo. That's a tattoo, only IN AND ON YOUR EYE. Read More >>

science
What's the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it's a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer. Read More >>

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Graphene Ink Paves the Way for Proper Wearable Tech via Printed Circuits

Modern miracle stuff graphene has been used by developers to print circuits on clothing, creating a genuinely wearable form of tech that doesn't rely on bulky watches, AR glasses or sewing computers into your flesh. Read More >>

design
Dutch Publishers Print Book in (Unsurprisingly Stinky) Squid Ink

Something smells fishy... Naar Inkt Vissen is a book of sailors' stories with a difference. Today Designers' 700-book run is bound with industrial fishing wire - and printed using a litre and a half of squid ink. Read More >>

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These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don't mix. It's an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning. Read More >>

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This Psychedelic Fever Dream Is Made Of Ink, Soap And Oil

You may not interact with ink as much as you used to, but you have to give it credit for powering millions of pens and a crap tonne of printing. We still consume a lot of media that exists because of ink. And a good way to celebrate it might be to just let it flow and see what happens. Ruslan Khasanov, a Russian graphic designer, felt the same way so he mixed ink, oil and soap to make this trippy and awesome video called Pacific Light. Khasanov was inspired when he watched black beads of soy sauce form in oil while he was cooking. There are great stills and gifs on his Behance. Kind of makes me long for a tie die comeback. [Colossal] Read More >>

science
Scientists Build Incredible Supercapacitor Using... Pen Ink?

Standard pen ink is the surprise component in a flexible carbon fibre supercapacitor which can be bent in a full circle with barely any loss of performance. Read More >>

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Disappearing-Ink Books Motivate Lazy Readers to Finish Fast

A new anthology of Latin authors, forthcoming from the Argentinean publishers Eterna Cadencia, is being printed in such a way that each book practically demands its readers full attention and investment. Read More >>

design
How the Pen Evolved from a Humble Paintbrush Into a Precise Instrument of Writing Perfection

Yeah, you can buy those blue Bic pens in bulk if you want—a boatload costs about as much as your morning coffee. And all pens are pretty much the same, right? Of course not. Cheapo pens are much more likely to leave ink smeared across your nose, bleeding through your trouser pocket, or glopping up your page. Read More >>

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This Beautiful Red Plume Is Your Next Desktop Background. But What Is it?

Is it a wonderful new Christmas decoration come too late? Blood plunging into a pool of bath water? Or has someone just dropped the ketchup in the sink? Read More >>

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Qualcomm's Mirasol Full Colour E-Ink Displays Nearly Ready

Qualcomm's Mirasol screen technology, which promises full colour, low-power, e-ink displays that'll bring Sunday supplements to life like never before, are about to launch. E-reader specialist Kyobo has shown off the first finished product. Read More >>

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