On Helvetica and U.S. government spending

Reporters, researchers and other members of the general public buy copies of the Obama Administration's proposed FY 2014 federal budget at the Government Printing Office Book Store April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

This final note in which CNN reports a 14-year-old kid in Pittsburgh has found a way to save the federal government $136 million. 

For a science project, Suvir Mirchandani researched the price of ink, and how much of that it different fonts use.

Anyway, long story short, by changing to the Garamond font, Suvir figures the government printing office could save 30 percent of its printing costs...

The GPO said it'd think about it.

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