Did you know that you can cut your printing costs by using certain fonts?
There have been different types of studies done in the past by different individuals, and we have reviewed some of them to present a summary of the findings to help you determine the best font for your business’s needs.
Studies on Fonts
In 2012, a tech website conducted a study comparing Garamond, Comic Sans and Courier. They hand drew the same text and size of the fonts with ballpoint pens to compare ink usage. They found Garamond used the least ink and Comic Sans used the most.
In 2014, a middle school student in Pittsburgh conducted an experiment for a science project to figure out how much ink was being used in teachers’ handouts based on the font type. He used software called APFill Ink to calculate the ink usage of a select group of letters for each of the fonts the teachers were using.
The fonts he compared were Times New Roman, Century Gothic, Comic Sans and Garamond. He found that his school could reduce ink usage by 24 percent if they printed solely in Garamond. This would result in a $21,000 annual savings for his school.
When Consumer Reports tested different fonts a few years back, they found Arial, which is a default font in many browsers, consumed 27 percent more ink than Times New Roman. They also found that Century Gothic and Calibri performed better than Arial.
So which font is the best for you? Keep reading to find out.
Choosing Your Font
After reviewing and collating the studies, Garamond clearly leads the pack as the best choice for economical printing; Comic Sans and Arial come out at the bottom of the list. With this in mind, it comes down to selecting a font that is most appropriate for the target audience of your document.
Other Ways to Save on Printing Costs
- Reduce the size of your font
- Use italics instead of bold text to bring attention to a word or phrase
- Use the draft mode for non-crucial, interoffice documents
The equipment you use to print can also affect your printing costs. Want to learn how to save money on printing by using the correct equipment for your needs? Our equipment experts are always happy to help. Please contact us anytime.