Sustainable Design

Ryman Eco, The Worlds Most Beautiful Sustainable Font.

 has produced a wonderful little interview with Monotype’s Dan Rhatigan on the worlds most eco friendly typeface, “Ryman Eco”. In the three and a half minute short film Rhatigan talks about not only the intricacy of type design, but the larger picture of how inkjet printers impact the environment. The film reveals how this beautiful, and delicate typeface was designed to reduce inkjet, and laser toner use by 33%.  We all use computer printers on a regular basis, yet very few of us think about the issues Rhatigan brings up. I love how the film focuses on more than the font itself, and how it delves into the design thinking, the design problem solving that reaches beyond just these letter forms.

Be. e, The Electric Scooter from Holland.

As a former vintage Lambretta owner, I’m kind of a purist when it comes to scooters. I lean toward classic design styling, but I’m a realist and know the two stroke engines are horrid pollutants. I like the look of the current Vespa line. Piaggio has stayed true to their design heritage and you can easily make the visual connection between a 1950’s Prima Vera, and one of today’s bikes. With all that said, I know there is a need for a zero emissions scooter, and that means designing something that uses lightweight parts. It doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style though.

Be. e, combines sustainable design with updated styling that gives a nod to scooters of yesterday with out going to far. Be. e is a standout among current electric commuter motorcycles and scooters. The scoot is designed for urban and light countryside use. It’s not a speed demon, but it is as fast as most smaller displacement bikes with a top speed of about 30 mph thanks to it’s torquey electric motor. Be.e has a two hour battery capacity which is perfect for most commuter trips, and has a recharge time from a fully displaced battery of just 3 and a half hours.

Designed by Waarmakers for Van.eko, Be.e is available in black, brown, or a tasty pale green. It also features inlaid circles of brown and silver which look sort of like the number shields found on classic Cafe Racers. The body of the scooter is made from Natural Sustainable Fiber-reinforced Composites, including hemp and flax seeds, which are actually stronger than fiberglass and plastic used by most competitors. The plant based products are compressed in a solid hull shape that forms the rigid exterior and a frame.