Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Teen Shows How Changing Font Could Save US $400Million

No one needs to tell us that printer ink is one of the world's most overpriced commodities.  Ounce-for-ounce it costs more than Chanel No. 5.  So when 14-year-old Pennsylvania student Suvir Mirchandani demonstrated how changing to a thinner font (to Garamond from the current Times New Roman) on official documents could save millions in printing costs, people listened.  Now it's up to the federal government to pay attention (and take action?).

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
New York Daily News

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Excerpt: "A click of the mouse could save state and federal governments a combined $400 million, a brainy Pittsburgh teen says.

Changing fonts from Times New Roman to Garamond on all printed government documents would keep some serious cash in the coffers, the science experiment by Suvir Mirchandani, 14, shows.

The middle schooler’s well-thought out plan shows that Garamond, one of the oldest fonts around, is significantly thinner than the default Times New Roman typeface, meaning a switch would provide significant savings on ink — a pricey commodity.

'Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,' the wise teen told CNN, pointing to the $38 cost of Chanel No. 5 perfume and the $75 an ounce of Hewlett-Packard printer ink will set you back.

The feds spend some $1.8 billion in printing costs annually, and have tried double-sided printing and using recycled paper to cut costs. But finding ways to save on annual ink costs of $467 million is a new frontier.

Using Garamond would save some 30% on those costs, about $136 million, while if local and state governments followed suit, about $234 million could be cut.

Suvir first conducted his font experiment on a smaller level, looking at the possible savings within his school districts.

When he discovered the change could lead to some $21,000 in savings, he took it to the next level and looked at government costs.

He submitted his startling findings to the Journal for Emerging Investigators, a journal that publishes research by teens, and the founders of which were blown away by the results."

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