A middle-school student’s Science Fair font project could possibly save millions of dollars from the U.S. federal government’s 2014 printing budget. It simply just requires the government to change the font that they are using in their documents.
Suvir Mirchandani, a fourteen-year-old student of Dorseyville Middle School in Pittsburgh, is the proponent of this study. He started this as his 6th grade school science project. The study is about the cost savings gained by switching their school’s paper handout font to Garamond. He then proposed this concept to the officials in Washington, D.C. and encouraged them to adapt this new finding in order to incur considerable savings.
In Mirchandani’s project, it concluded that their school saved around $21,000 per year in ink expenses when they switched their school’s paper handout’s font from the popular Times News Roman to Garamond. As encouraged by his teacher, he was advised to send his new study to the Journal of Emerging Investigators according to CNN. This is a group that publishes the research works of high school students as well as middle school students
The Journal Investigators’ editors were greatly impressed by Mirchandani’s finding and urged him to further his study and prove if his study also applies to a wider scale such as the U.S. government. Dr. Sarah Fankhauser, the journal’s founder saw an immense potential in the said research and said that she can really see the real-word application in Mirchandani’s research. Base on the proposed budget by the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. government allots an estimated $1.8 billion budget for printing for the year 2014.
Mirchandani listened to the advice of the journal and proceeded to test his font theory with five papers from the Government Printing Office (GPO) and he arrived to a conclusion that switching the font style from Times News Roman and Century Gothic to Garamond reduced the ink cost. He surmised that the government can save up to $234 million yearly.