Pa. teen says typeface change could save millions

Figure 2. A sample paragraph in the original font with the three test fonts. No change was made in the font size. The fact that the fonts require different amounts of ink to convey the same content is visually apparent. This difference was analyzed quantitatively in the study to determine the cost savings. http://www.emerginginvestigators.org/2014/03/ink-cost-2/
Figure 2. A sample paragraph in the original font with the three test fonts. No change was made in the font size. The fact that the fonts require different amounts of ink to convey the same content is visually apparent. This difference was analyzed quantitatively in the study to determine the cost savings. http://www.emerginginvestigators.org/2014/03/ink-cost-2/

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh teenager has published a study suggesting the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink.

Fourteen-year-old O’Hara township resident Suvir Mirchandani says there was plenty of talk at school about saving paper and he wondered about saving ink.

He said Friday the amount of ink the government might use “was really surprising” to him. He says he hopes to make people aware choosing certain fonts for printing can save ink and money.

His research began as a school project but was published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators, created for promising middle and high school students. He suggests printing in the 12-point Garamond font.

The Government Printing Office praises his work and says it will review the printing suggestion.

Click here to read Mirchandani’s complete report

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