Changing fonts could help schools save money

Serif fonts also use less ink than the traditional Arial font.
Serif fonts use less ink than the traditional Arial font.

A Wisconsin university expects to save up to $10,000 a year by making a small change in computer users’ habits: Changing the fonts in the documents they print. This minor change represents an easy way for officials at every level of education to tighten their fiscal belts while school budgets decline, some experts say.

Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you composed documents in, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial.

Data on the subject from, a Dutch company that evaluates printer attributes, persuaded the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to make the switch. Diane Blohowiak, coordinator of information technology user support, has asked faculty and staff to use Century Gothic for all printed documents. The school also plans to change its eMail system so it uses Century Gothic.…Read More

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