From Arial to Century Gothic: A font switch can be a moneysaver

Printing costs can drop with something as easy as a font switch.

Here's something interesting to ponder on a humpday afternoon: Does anyone ever really give much thought to the font that's being used on the screen?

Oh sure, some fonts are more visually appealing than others but is there any real benefit of using one font over another - a financial benefit, that is? Apparently there is - and for companies with dozens of printers spitting out hundreds or thousands of pages per day, switching to another font could impact the bottom line.

Some tests by printer.com, via a post on CNET's Digital Media blog, found that the use of the 10-point Century Gothic font is 31 percent cheaper than using the default 11-point Arial font.

I kid you not, these tests were conducted and results calculated to come up with these conclusions. From the CNET post:

On a dollar basis, the company projected that the average person printing around 25 pages a week would save $20 a year by using Century Gothic for all documents. A business or heavy-duty user printing 250 pages per week would save around $80 for the year. And large companies with multiple printers could potentially save hundreds of dollars a year.

But what if you don't like the look of Century Gothic? There are alternatives, including the popular Times Roman. Here's a cost-savings comparison chart via Printer.com: