The Government Would Save $400 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 middle schooler 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 in ink. » 3/28/14 4:00pm 3/28/14 4:00pm

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 ton 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 … » 7/28/13 8:02pm 7/28/13 8:02pm

How the Pen Evolved from a Humble Paintbrush Into a Precise Instrument …

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 pants pocket, or glopping up your page. » 4/12/12 3:20pm 4/12/12 3:20pm

The Spy Secrets of the Last Unsealed WWI Files

The oldest secret documents in the CIA's treasure-trove have been cracked open finally. Believed to be the only remaining classified WWI documents, the six files have revealed all manner of espionage message tricks—including the recipe for German invisible ink. » 4/20/11 10:00am 4/20/11 10:00am

It’s Official: Printer Ink Cartridge Bombs Were Designed to Be…

We've discussed the printer ink cartridge bombs used by a group of terrorists about a month ago and we've pondered just how evildoers hide their bombs, but now we're discovering exactly how terrifyingly well those explosives avoid detection. » 12/15/10 9:40pm 12/15/10 9:40pm