Papyrus is a font that was created in 1982 by a man named Chris Costello. Chris Costello is a graphic designer and a web creator. Costello wanted to be able to create a font that looked similar to the writing style that was popular during Bible times in the Middle East. Papyrus is a font that became popular after some time. Some of the most recognizable characteristics of the papyrus font include the following: rough curves, jagged edges, and horizontal strokes. Costello went on to sell the rights for his font for a little bit more than $700. To this date, Costello receives extremely low royalty payments for his font creation.
A Popular SNL Skit
Recently, Saturday Night Live did a skit about about the Papyrus typeface. A large number of individuals are used to seeing the Papyrus typeface on things such as film trailers and compact disc covers. Ryan Gosling was the individual who starred in this hilarious HNL skit, and the skit went completely viral.
In the skit, Ryan Gosling is an individual who is fixated on Papyrus font. It is something that wakes him up in the middle of the night, and he thinks about this font constantly. Gosling finds himself driving in the middle of the night, and he is looking for the individual who is using the Papyrus font. Gosling goes to get professional help, but he gets mad at the therapist. After throwing over her table, Gosling talks to a friend who tries to calm him down to no avail. Later, Gosling drives to the home of the unknown individual who is using Papyrus, and he ends up crashing into a fire hydrant.
Why This Skit Is Hilarious
The Papyrus font has been around for over 30 years. This Saturday Night Live skit was funny because it proves that there is a large number of individual who recognize this infamous Papyrus font, and it is confirmed that this font should retire.
Papyrus Creator Strikes Back
As it turns out, the creator of the font Papyrus (Chris Costello) watched the SNL skit and had a thing or two to say to Ryan Gosling.
“I took a look at it and me and my wife were like cracking up,” he said. “If I can take this time to apologize to my brother and sister graphic designers… I’m a graphic designer as well, I’m an illustrator… I believe it’s a well-designed font.”
“It ended up being a default font set on every computer since 2000,” he continued. “So that’s when I began to see it turn up everywhere: mortgage ads, construction logos. It was kind of out of control. It was not my intent to be used for everything — it’s way overused.”