Suvir Mirchandani

Suvir Mirchandani

An Indian origin boy has told the US govt. that they could save 400 million dollars by just changing their typeset.

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 plan shows that Garamond 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 idea germinated while he was working on how much his school in Pennsylvania could save in ink.