Kid finds out a way that the government could save $136 million by switching fonts

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Suvir Mirchandani, a 14-year-old kid in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has determined that the government could find a way to save a lot of money simply by switching fonts. The government currently uses Times New Roman or Century Gothic as the font in all of its documents. Mirchandani determined that if the government switches to Garamond, it would be able to save $136 million per year.


Garamond uses thinner strokes for its letters and this means that less ink is used per letter. The government spends around $467 million on printed materials. If local and state governments switch fonts, another $97 million could be saved.

Mirchandani started the research because he received many printed handouts in middle school. He conducted a test at the local school district and found that it would save $21,000 by switching to Garamond. A teacher suggested Mirchandani to publish his findings, which led to a report in the Journal Of Emerging Investigators.

[Source: LA Times/BI]