i'm not really a type expert here, but Garamond appears much less legible than Times New Roman. especially at the smaller sizes which government documents typically use.
Exactly. You could save a lot of money by printing everything in 4pt type too.
Clever thinking for a teenager, but still a bozo-ass idea.
Will this create a paradox in the amount of paperwork it will take to get this through the government?
I'd imagine you'd have to increase the font size of Garamond so that people with poorer eyesight could still read it in many cases, which might cancel out the savings. Those serifs are costing them too, so might as well go with a sans-serif.
Maybe a more practical approach would be to find a way to keep the typographic weight and contrast while using less ink. Possibly using less ink droplets per inch, just enough where legibility is still clear. Or adjust paper stock (something like newsprint should spread and bleed a drop of ink on more than a coated paper would).
Or print at the size of post-it notes and require everyone use a magnifying glass?!
I feel like this could easily an Onion article
Replace Helvetica? No, thank you.
I hate how much press this has gotten.
I don't think the specific typeface is important but thinking about how much ink individual letters use is a strikingly simple and potentially effective route.
Interesting findings. Seems that you have to balance legibility with cost savings.
There exists a font already, designed for this very purpose: http://www.ecofont.com