Pa. teen says typeface change could save millions

March 28, 2014

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

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

Mirchandani tells The Associated Press that the magnitude of how much ink the government might use “was really surprising to me.” He hopes to make people aware that choosing certain fonts for printing can save ink and money.

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



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