Papyrus Watch

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Papyrus Watchers

Snagged this from (you guessed it) the local fair trade organic coffee shop, Just Us. I truly do love their coffee, and although celebrating New Years fair-trade style sounds like a real blast, it's a Papyrus hotspot.

Here's to a Papyrus-free oh-ten? Not likely, but it'll be interesting to see if there's any repercussions of some of the recent mainstream Papyrus use like Avatar. I sense we're coming to some sort of peak...Peak Papyrus?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Papyrus on Gizmodo, somewhat appropriate use?

Nice graphic from Gizmodo

Danny sent in this link to a Gizmodo article on terrorost attacks and at first I didn't see the Papyrus. But The first couple comments were also referring to it, so I had another glance and there it was! I think we may have to file this in the very thin acceptable use folder (seems to fit the Egypt motif, no?) What do you think?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Papyrus on Letterman

Well, Michael caught this on Letterman last night. Inspired by Avatar? A joke?

Speaking of Avatar's use of Papyrus, I wonder if it will be subject to enough criticsm to get the attention of some guilty designers, perhaps slowing the growth of it's usage? Or will it open the floodgates of  acceptance leading us into the Decade of Papyrus? Interesting indeed, these times we're in.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

So what's the deal with Avatar and Papyrus?

Back when I really didn't know how big this movie was going to be we got a bunch of submissions and tweets, in particular a dude named David pointed out its Papyrus, showing how he made a variation of the font to match Avatar's in just a few minutes:


We've seen it at McDonalds and in memes.

Now Websites are talking, this guy's pretty pissed, folks on the IMDB forums are debating, and people are still tweeting, and now Gizmodo is writing about it.

So what's the word? Custom Papyrus? As I've mentioned I think it is a customized Papyrus, why they would do that I don't know. Remarkable coincidence? Why does it matter? Is Papyrus just another font, like Arial or Times, and a less classy Helvetica? Is that ok? Maybe I can try to sorta feel for all these unknowing Papyrus users. I started thinking, and then I got scared...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Papyrus on American Dad

In a rather epic episode of American Dad (Season 5 Episode 9: Rapture's Delight) some kind of religious thing happens and Stan misses it and is left behind on Earth. As you can see, "7 years later" Earth has gone to shit and the story continues on an apocalyptic Earth. I've never been a huge fan of American Dad, but this one's worth watching, to witness the Papyrus for yourself at least. Can't tell if it's someone trying to be funny of if they legitimately thought this font was great.

Avatar at McDonalds

We've posted about Avatar's Papyrus before, and there's been plenty of talk about it. And McDonalds too. But this pic with Ronald is too funny to pass up. There's something so settling about this image, actually. Like a sort of corporate comfort, like everything will be ok and I can eat some McDonalds.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sightings from Australia!

Matt sends us in some Papyrus shots from Australia, Cairns and it's nearby towns, actually, are these two:

And this one is from a fabric store. Thanks Matt. Well folks, it does exist down under too.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The irony

Ah, this one is from a couple of typography pros. The irony they found was that section on Papyrus scrolls was in, not papyrus, but Lucida Sans. Hmm...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Moss Rock!

Jenna pointed us to this website for the Moss Rock Festival which she described as a Papyrus explosion. She got that right. She also made a point that it was a cool festival, and I'm sure it was. I like moss and rocks and the earth, but that website is looking pretty rough.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Papyrus overuse is really getting to people

Now here's a post from someone who's passionate about Papyrus. Somehow it has touched him. This is what results when you've been pushed too far: I Fucking Hate the Papyrus Font.

Frisky Dingo

Here's a shot from Frisky Dingo on Adult Swim from Tom (good eye). We've seen this before on Tim and Eric and think it's probably on purpose, so that's funny.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Have some Turtles Papyrus this holiday season

Found this one in the holiday candy mountain at the local SuperStore and emailed it in. Highly organic looking...misleading? Original recipe? Of course it is, why would you change it, they're delicious.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Introducing the least appropriate font for the job...

Papyrus! Yeah, our friend Jonathan sent us this website for pentaho (something technical, he's a programmer). Actually looks pretty nice, and Web 2.0ish, making that Papyrus really look out of place.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stargate Papyrus?

How about that. Even before Avatar it was Stargate. Arc of Truth is a made for DVD movie with a $7,000,000 budget according to Wikipedia, no mention of the Papyrus though.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Papyrus Time

Ok, here we have a bit of a tragedy. This animated Flash-clock is seriously pretty amazing, you should check it out for the transitions. But of course, the developer had to choose Papyrus. I think the shape of Papyrus' numbers are suiting, which may be why it was picked? Anyway, I think Georgia would look pretty damn hot. You?

Monday, December 7, 2009

No place like home...

Yes, there's no place like home alright, unless you've gotta see this every time you walk in. Thanks again to nathan for grabbing this shot at the Hobby Lobby.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Papyrus is a safety hazard

Nathan send in this "indiscernible" safety poster and I couldn't agree more with his description. But in fact, Papyrus isn't the worst culprit in this case. I mean the whole thing is just wacky and distracting. That scripty font used for the details of each safety step really is pretty impossible to read. Hopefully no one is hurt due to this masterpiece.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Take-Along Papyrus Bible

Something about this just extenuates the lameness. I dunno, leave your thoughts on this one. Thanks Nathan for this and good eye, there are more from him.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Oil Filtering?

I really don't know what this is? Ok it's oil filtering stages, but wow. Cooking oil to running a car, and it's nearly unreadable. It's appalling in every way. Not only is it horrifying to look at, add Papyrus then attempt to make it 3D in some spots reminds me of WordArt but worse. Thanks Jesse for posting this atrocity on our Facebook Page (you can be a fan and help spread the good...or bad..word of Papyrus).

New Fortune Chinese

Christopher snapped us a brochure for New Fortune Chinese feature Papyrus as their main logo font. There's a ton of different fonts going on there, actually. I've been to some cheap restaurants and take out places...a lot of which likely make their own menus and brochures. This is likely one of them, and well, I'm really not especially stoked on this place now, but I would eat it, and I wish I was eating it right now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Disney, for shame

Well, apparently this shot is from a Disney mailbox. Truly for shame, and almost unbelievable. Either Papyrus is becoming a favourite among highly credible graphic designers or the economy is hitting an all-time low and seriously skimping on graphics and typography people. Thanks to @justinpaix for sending us this disappointing sighting. Also he says to check out the hidden Mickey ;)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Frisk brod! Papyrus from Denmark

"The SZ" sends Papyrus Watch this shot found while in Denmark. Looks like a pretty good bakery, aside form Ms. Enthusiastic. Not sure on the Papyrus usage situation in Denmark but I still wouldn't recommend it. It's kind of neat to see the special crossed "o" character though.

From this so-called "Turistguide":

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sounds of October

Another among several Papyrus sightings sent in by Chris. He nabbed it from a Yankees Playoff game, looks like it was TIVO'd or something, very handy. I wonder if maybe it's locally-targeted, this sign couldn't be national could it?

NBC? no...

Yeah, there it is. I can't realy believe it, but that's not fake, right Chris? He sent it in. I don't see how that can be on unless someone slipped it into an ad rotation from a third party...or something complicated.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Certificate of Papyrus

Imagine getting this as a thank you to your hard work? Apparently this is from which looks like it's chalk-full of fun online courses. This one for Supervisor Anti-Harassment sounds especially exciting. Thanks to Loid for sending this shot, and sorry for your disappoint, we feel your pain.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Papyrus Halloween Time

Well, here it is. A selection of quality Halloween costumes from Chris' album. Maybe you want to be the demon warrior from the legion of darkness, or a perhaps a naughty ninja.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Papyrus form the Other Side

Drew sent us this website, for the "A Book of Insight: Wisdom form the Other Side" a book of Insights" Seriously. Not quite sure about this book... But anyway, what's even more wacky is that glowing 3D word art Papyrus.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Save the Wooooorld!

Telling me that I can save the world in Papyrus really makes me skeptical, especially the kerning on each line. The real problem is that it looks like the body copy is also in Papyrus, which would make it really really difficult to read. Oh what has become of us.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh Del Monte, how could you indeed

Sent in by one of our Facebook fans, Eartha, this shot illustrates the divide between design and current conversations on the "Internets", as some call "social media". Clearly a disconnect. Is this what (years ago) they referred to as the "digital divide"? No, probably not, but clearly some overpaid employee in Del Monte's marketing department isn't paying attention, yet still on a decent salary. Where the hell's my annual supply of canned peaches in light syrup or pear juice? God damn. Life is truly unfair.

Papyrus Chicken Souvlaki Pita

The Chicken Souvlaki at Extreme Pita. I just ate one, and it was delicious, but, well, I dunno it's Papyrus. I just wanted the tzatziki and feta combo so bad.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hand Job...c'mon...

Wow, thanks to everyone who sent this in! What an atrocity indeed, on so many levels (well, two at least...that grand opening sign is getting a bit far from grand).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jesus was a liberal, says Papyrus

Well, since we're on the theme of Jesus how about this shot sent in by Elizabeth. Where do I start, or maybe I just shouldn't. This one's just terrible, topping of with Papyrus really completes the package.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jesus Hates Papyrus

These business cards from Holy Cow Creative says it all. But not the plant, the plant is pretty sweet looking, actually. So are these cards!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Papyrus Gallery

They're referring to Papyrus paper, and of course, what more suitable a font. Someone thought they were bang on clever with this one. I don't see what it's got to do with papyrus though, doesn't look like anything is painted on papyrus. Visit their website for more. Thanks to Stuart for the pic and link.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NEW! Papyrus Identification Guide

Hello friends! We're happy to introduce the Papyrus Identification Guide.
Papyrus Identification Guide on Squidoo
I decided to play around with Squidoo for this one, seemed like a good platform to lay out an informational page with all things Papyrus. So send it to your friends so they get what you're talking about when you spot Papyrus, and help spread awareness.

PS: The ad revenue on that page is automatically donated to charity, too. I've got a couple lenses that have racked up about $25 to date, so hey, maybe it'll make a few bucks.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pristine Papyrus

This site was discovered by Alexa, yet another example of papyrus use in the green/eco-friendly organic-ish industry. Some neat stuff on the website actually, too bad the logo's not so hot. The real kicker though is the Papyrus body copy on the site itself. Gah! No! Never do that.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'mma let you finish...

Forgot about this one! Found it for the day or two the Kanye-Swift incident was funny. It's funny because Avatar uses Papyrus (seriously). lol.

Organic Fiji

Andrea nabbed us a screenshot of the Organic Fiji website which sells organic lotions and soaps and things. Check it out if you want a tropical Papyrus overload. Another point for the organic tally. Although this isn't the usual organic food, this pineapple coconut soap sounds like you could actually eat it...but that's what I thought about those Rialto Naturals soaps and well, probably just don't eat any soap.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

American Film Institute Papyrus

Our friend Torley spotted Papyrus looming ominously behind Roman Polanski in an interview by the American Film Institute. I think it says "Mystery" and it's in every backdrop of the related interviews, too :S Tsk tsk.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Maine + Food Establishments = Papyrus City

When people as about this site I tell them that they'll start seeing Papyrus everywhere they go. It happened to us, after the first sighting around Halifax I saw a couple more, then another sign and joked about starting a blog or something. Time passed and more Papyrus kept popping up, I don't know if we were just noticing it more, or it was gaining popularity in desktop publishing and cheap designs. So anyway, we ended up making a blog!

One of our avid Papyrus Watchers, Drew, tripped through Maine and it was loaded with Papyrus. I'm going to post the food-related sightings here because there's so many and it's funny.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Papyrus the sign of end of times

Found this post on the Sacred Sandwich, made me lol. Definitely check it out:

New Barna Study: Overused Typeface Gains Foothold in U.S. Churches

Friday, September 11, 2009


The Papyrus likely distracted Amy from another fatal flaw of this product, so first and foremost I have to point out the equation on the top of this thing: 1x2+3 does not equal 6, it equals 5. FAIL. I know exactly what this of those motivational plaques. The insincerity I feel here reminds me of the best XKCD comic ever ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Discovery Centre Great Ape Tour

I spotted this one walking by the Discovery Centre in Halifax. It was just a slightly creepy thing in the corner of my eye, then of course the Papyrus. I think we're the Papyrus Capitol of Canada.

Gotta get the map straightened out, Flickr is pretty limiting in the number of photos shown at once it seems, open to alternatives!

Papyrus is from the Heart

From the Heart Garden brings us a Chocolate Viola, which is a plant (looks like a violet) not a candy. Looks like this is the company's logo too, which is unfortunate. Amy spotted this at a thrift store, and there's more coming. I've got a couple gems buried somewhere on my phone, also from a thrift store.

Golden Harbour Cajun Remolu...wha?

Ok I sincerely don't know what this is without googling it which I will do after this, don't you worry. I like it though because it spells Harbour the Canadian way. Oddly enough I spell color the American way, because of HTML and CSS. So there you have it. Sent in by one of our favourite Papyrus Watchers Amy! Oh by the way the Papyrus cheapens it, but reinforces the all natural aspect...hmm...
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