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14-Year-Old: Governments Could Save $370 Million by Printing in a Different Font
Breitbart ^ | 28 Mar 2014

Posted on 03/28/2014 5:37:46 PM PDT by mandaladon

Fourteen-year-old Suvir Mirchandani found a way to save the federal and state governments almost $400 million from their yearly budgets just by changing the typeface they use on handouts. The best choice? Garamond!

Mirchandani’s school was looking for ways to save money, but he noticed no one was paying attention to the ink used on its many handouts. He noticed that Hewlett-Packard printer ink is $75 an ounce, while an equivalent amount of French perfume is only $38.

Here is how he came to the conclusion that Garamond is the best choice:

Collecting random samples of teachers' handouts, Suvir concentrated on the most commonly used characters (e, t, a, o and r).

First, he charted how often each character was used in four different typefaces: Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans. Then he measured how much ink was used for each letter, using a commercial tool called APFill® Ink Coverage Software.

Next he enlarged the letters, printed them and cut them out on cardstock paper to weigh them to verify his findings. He did three trials for each letter, graphing the ink usage for each font.

From this analysis, Suvir figured out that by using Garamond with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24%, and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.

He then used the data to project how much the government, both at the federal and state levels, could save via the switch.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fonts; garamond; government; printing; suvirmirchandani
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Smart kid!
1 posted on 03/28/2014 5:37:46 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Too bad nobody taught him that the government has no interest in saving money.


2 posted on 03/28/2014 5:41:28 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: mandaladon

As much as I want to agree. I think its just dumb teachers and admin staff who work for the government who don’t care because they’re not spending their own money


3 posted on 03/28/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: mandaladon

Can I assume that moving from Times New Roman to Garamond font, I can save money on my home printing?


4 posted on 03/28/2014 5:46:34 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: mandaladon

Arial...


5 posted on 03/28/2014 5:47:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: doc1019

-— Can I assume that moving from Times New Roman to Garamond font, I can save money on my home printing? -—

Yes, but there are lighter fonts than those. Just google free fonts.

Smart kid!


6 posted on 03/28/2014 5:49:32 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

TY


7 posted on 03/28/2014 5:50:16 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: mandaladon

Most government agencies don’t use ink type printers. It is too slow.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 5:50:17 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Yes, You are always right /S)
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To: mandaladon

Next step: passage of a 1,432 page “Comprehensive Taxpayer’s Efficient Use of Government Printing Facilities Act” pushed through in the dead of the night just before the holiday weekend, with provisions for 7 new federal agencies, 423 new regulations, 3,012 enforcement officers, a dozen sweetheart deals for recalcitrant senators, and (coincidently enough), ink supplier requirements that steer all purchasing to firms headed by Democrat campaign contributors.

But you’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 5:51:32 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: mandaladon

I thought we already solved this with the paperwork reduction act.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperwork_Reduction_Act


10 posted on 03/28/2014 5:51:45 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: doc1019

Both the well worn Times New Roman and the classical Garamond almost identical in the weights used in the various strokes an ascenders and descenders.

I remember when the computer was going to eliminate the use of paper entirely...boy THOSE were the days!


11 posted on 03/28/2014 5:53:29 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon


12 posted on 03/28/2014 5:55:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: mandaladon
I'm not sure I believe this because he's saying everyone is using "his" cartridge.

And Calistro light might use even less.

I can set my printer to use less ink.

Regardless, I refill my cartridges. You can buy a pint of ink for $30 and print forever.

13 posted on 03/28/2014 5:55:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mandaladon

The Hildabeast figgered a savings of a few hundred K by using both sides of paper. She’s the greatest.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: mandaladon

Sure they can


15 posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: PeterPrinciple

19...80

thats going back a ways...

this from the Minnesota Pollution Control...AGency

http://156.98.19.245/paper/


16 posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:21 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: ThomasThomas

What do they use?

Laser printers use ink


17 posted on 03/28/2014 5:58:46 PM PDT by kennyboy509 ( Ha! I kill me!!!)
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To: mandaladon

How about saving on Government publication costs by making English the official language for the country, instead of requiring translations of everything into Spanish (which takes twice as many words to convey the same information besides) ...


18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT by mikrofon (Lingua Franca)
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To: mandaladon
Mirchandani’s school was looking for ways to save money

Sure, lol. Now the kid should calculate how much valuable time he wasted working on a problem that no government wants solved. Government will be happy to take his research a step further though and spend no money on font ink at all. Text will be white on a dark background. Powerpoint printouts to the rescue!

19 posted on 03/28/2014 6:03:49 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yep, I remember telling everyone how we were entering the age of the paperless office (1990’s) ... still waiting. LOL!


20 posted on 03/28/2014 6:06:54 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

weve all got at least one of the beasts most likely connected to a printer....

The PRINT feature aint a new thing....

ah those were the good old naive days werent they


21 posted on 03/28/2014 6:08:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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> He noticed that Hewlett-Packard printer ink is $75 an ounce, while an equivalent amount of French perfume is only $38.

Did he happen to notice that getting rid of the inkjets would save about ten times that without any typeface changes? Yeah, he’s a real brainiac.


22 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

but, but, but.......eyes.

By using less ink or toner, how much does it cost to remedy the eye strain?


23 posted on 03/28/2014 6:12:08 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mandaladon

Yep, smart kid. And Garamond is a nice looking font too.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 6:14:05 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: mandaladon

Why is HP charging $75 per ounce for ink?


25 posted on 03/28/2014 6:15:09 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: mandaladon

Everything should be printed in Cooper Black.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 6:18:14 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Bryan24

Because they can.


27 posted on 03/28/2014 6:20:40 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: mandaladon

Not so smart kid since this same comparison test has been around for many years. I switched over to Garamond because of the test waaaay back when.


28 posted on 03/28/2014 6:31:09 PM PDT by bgill
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To: mandaladon

I’m sure taxpayers could save gazillions more without the government changing the use of any printing-type fonts, but merely by getting out of all but the very most basic things government has become involved in.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 6:36:04 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: mandaladon
This young man may have opened Pandora's Box. First the government may take note and spend millions to investigate his allegations.

If his theory is proven to be true they will immediately go the the democrats in congress to seek a tax increase in order to pay for the non judgmental font currently being used.

30 posted on 03/28/2014 6:41:09 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: mandaladon

If you used 3-point font, you could save lots of paper, too.

But of course, it would be harder to read... like Garamond.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT by dangus
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To: mandaladon

Garamond is an old style font, with serifs intended to mimic the original, chiseled ones and the thick-thin strokes of the letterforms. It also isn’t the most compact of fonts meaning that a given paragraph is going to be somewhat longer because the letters themselves are. Garamond also has a low x-height, which adversely affects legibility because the bodies of the lowercase letters are smaller.

In other words, if this was to be adopted, the cost benefit would be eaten up due to people enlarging the point size for better legibility, and in more paper used because the same amount of text would require more space.

I applaud the kid for thinking in this manner, though. Copier consumables, particularly toner, are an absolutely astounding expense when tallied up over time. Like cell phones, the profit isn’t in the thing itself, it’s derived from the longterm use of it.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 6:43:22 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: doc1019
Can I assume that moving from Times New Roman to Garamond font, I can save money on my home printing?

I guess this is what it says. Now if you go through a ream of paper a year and maybe buy new ink carts every other year like I do, you'll never notice.

But if you chew through paper like all these government parasites do, it would add up big time.

33 posted on 03/28/2014 6:50:11 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Ditto

Paper is not the problem, the cost of ink is. I’m almost afraid to use my printer because the ink costs a fortune. Anything that reduces my ink cost is a boon to me.


34 posted on 03/28/2014 6:54:29 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: RegulatorCountry

Why does anybody pay for cell phone service? Internet calls are free. Also, printers? It is the 21st century, people.


35 posted on 03/28/2014 6:56:54 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: Lisbon1940

“Why does anybody pay for cell phone service? Internet calls are free. Also, printers? It is the 21st century, people.”

My internet service comes through my cellphone. Beats dialup which is my other option.


36 posted on 03/28/2014 7:00:13 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lisbon1940

I’m not saying there are not use cases for cell phones or printers, but most people could cut their usage by 80% by just thinking about it.


37 posted on 03/28/2014 7:01:13 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: Lisbon1940

Internet is not free. You may be finding it free of charge to you, but it’s not free. It’s also spotty as far as availability, even in cities. Being unable to call or receive calls because you’re not in a free wifi hotspot is not practical for most. And, there are some things that cannot be migrated to a web page, PDF, etc., not at the present time and not in the foreseeable future.

So, if you’re able to make do with VOIP, Skype or whatever to cover your need for voice communications, great, good for you. It’s by no means applicable to even a majority though, let alone everybody.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 7:01:55 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: mandaladon
Psst...hey kid. Government could save tens of billions if it cut out this BS. You wouldn't have to worry about calculating the area of different fonts at all.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 7:02:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: RegulatorCountry

I was assuming you had already paid for Internet, because how can you live without it? Cell phones, not so much.


40 posted on 03/28/2014 7:06:06 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: mandaladon

This young man needs an IRS audit.


41 posted on 03/28/2014 7:09:10 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: doc1019
The last time I bought new carts for my ink jet, (about a year ago) I went to one of the local 'refill' stores... You turn in your old carts for new ones at about half the cost of buying the 'name brands'.

Again, I seldom print much, but the knock-offs have worked well for me --- albeit, when I first installed them the software in my HP printer gave me warnings up the kazoo about not using their overpriced ink. ;~))

42 posted on 03/28/2014 7:11:03 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Lisbon1940

If you’re needing to communicate while traveling, especially if you’re not always in a populated, developed area, a cell phone is more than a convenience, it’s a necessity. I’ve done away with the land line and the cable, can get what I want and need from internet and cell phone. Doing away with the cell phone, well, I just can’t see that working for me or for too many others, to be honest. Internet would need to be nearly universally accessible, even in fairly remote locations. That means internet via cell signal. The speed of internet via cell signal is not all that great. I use it in a pinch on the phone. At home it doesn’t cut it. So, I have both.


43 posted on 03/28/2014 7:11:38 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Ditto

Thanks, I will give them a try.


44 posted on 03/28/2014 7:13:54 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: RegulatorCountry

It wasn’t a necessity before people started taking it for granted. You probably don’t want to know how I feel about cars. :-)


45 posted on 03/28/2014 7:17:28 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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To: doc1019

I notice at restaurant today they kept one receipt and gave me two.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 7:20:19 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: sasquatch

“...figgered a savings of a few hundred K by using both sides of paper.”

Here’s a story from when I worked for city government in So. Cal. My girlfriend worked in the Mayor’s Office, and she was staff support for the City Council. When items were submitted for inclusion in the weekly Council packets, they usually were double sided. My friend’s supervisor made her run them through the copier, changing them from two-sided to single-sided.

She did it, reluctantly, but didn’t say much as her supervisor was a witch. Finally, she said it was stupid and a waste of money. Boss told her the Council members might not think to look at the other side. My friend asked her, “Do they read books?” Friend was written up for insubordination.


47 posted on 03/28/2014 7:24:03 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Lisbon1940

I think some cars can be quite beautiful, rolling sculpture really, but with a very practical use. Modern society as we know it would be impossible without them. Are we too dependent collectively? I suppose there are more efficient means of transporting people en masse. Like cattle cars. I don’t relish the prospect. Individual mobility and the ability to cover long distances in a short period of time, at will, are something that I and most people value greatly and will not give up willingly.


48 posted on 03/28/2014 7:27:39 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Stosh

You forgot their SWAT budget !


49 posted on 03/28/2014 7:32:35 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: mandaladon

I have a better idea: stop printing stupid handouts.


50 posted on 03/28/2014 7:36:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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