Papyrus is one of those fonts that are far too popular for their own good. I cannot for instance recount the number of times it is being (mis)used for copyright notices or titles in digital pictures. Some people even use it for PowerPoint presentations. That is why it is one of the typefaces that made it to my list of interesting fonts.
What does Papyrus look like?
What do you use Papyrus for?
It’s handcrafted and irregular, rough look as well as its high horizontal strokes give Papyrus a distinct look that lends itself well for display type. It is especially suitable for anything that needs to look a bit antique. Unfortunately, this typeface has been overused in the past decade so many people are currently bored with it.
The history of Papyrus
Chris Costello, a designer and illustrator, created Papyrus in 1982 using a calligraphy pen and textured paper. His intent was to create a typeface that looked as if written on papyrus 2000 years ago. Letraset released the typeface in 1983. It is now owned by ITC.
Papyrus has its fans, like here, but it also is featured in quite a few rants, such as this one and this funny one. On this page Chris Costello, its designer, admits that the font should have come with this disclaimer: ‘May be habit forming. Not responsible for overdose or inappropriate use of this product.’
Other sources of information
I haven’t found any extensive sources of information about Papyrus yet, beyond the unavoidable Wikipedia page. Maybe there simply isn’t that much to tell about the font?