Papyrus Watch

Friday, December 17, 2010

Papyrus: Font in the Jungle

Ah, the majestic tiger. Now clumped in with the rest of the shoddy Papyrus logos and various designs taken by this font on this Animal Planet DVD spotted by Dave. This isn't the first time we've seen an animal documentary titled in Papyrus. First Disney, now The Discovery Channel. And I'm sure, although I wish I wasn't, that we haven't seen the last.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tarnished Images...

tarnished images papyrus font

These were found at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival by Anneliese. I hate to crap on someone's artwork but, well, you see where I'm going with the tarnished images joke.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Papyrus logo story: The way it should be

Papyrus font in logo

This excellent logo was sent in from a designer who had to redraw it. When asked for the vector file they received a Word doc with a scanned image of the company's fax cover sheet. Sounds about right.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program

Zach found this site for a Japanese teaching program, JET. Funny that all my friends who are teaching English overseas happened to pick Thailand...hi Allan, Steph, and Lana!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tommy Lee's Papyrus Letter

(click for full-size)

Well this is a weird story to wake up to with tweets from @oregano42 and @bekahmurphy. You can read the story over at TMZ. Really would have never pictured Tommy Lee as a Papyrus guy, I can just picture it now.. "Times New Roman is lame, what's this, Arial? Super lame. Helvetica? That's the fuckin' same thing as Arial. Wait what's that one...Papyrus fuck yeah, there it is". Or something.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Graphic Design Basics

Graphic Design Basics: Don't use Papyrus unless it's for mockery. Eric send us this "Graphic Design Basics" book that he had to buy for school. I actually didn't even notice the Papyrus amongst the other fonts, especially the word art. Certainly not evidence that the state of the education system is just fine. You know the saying "better than nothing"? Well that doesn't apply here, I'm pretty sure that anyone would be better off without this book.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zululand Rhino Reserve

Tom L. sends in this pic from the site for Zululand Rhino Reserve he first spotted on TV, so thank you for nabbing it for us! It was airing on Nova on PBS of course, so that sort of explains it, but this better not be a contribution from a view like you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wicked. And by wicked I mean everyone looking at this right now could do better. I'm sorry, I have no idea how their wine actually is, but this looks like it probably doesn't cost very much. Thanks Tom for the snap!

Friday, October 22, 2010

White Sands

You can tell a good credit company that cheaps out on their brand design, right? Sent in by Tom, who I trust kept on driving.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Someone's lost their mind

Or metabolism, and can't find it. LOL! Right? No, probably not. Who made this, and who put it in a store? Don knows, even he calls it crappy. As you've seen if you follow this blog or ever wander into dollar stores and the like, Papyrus is a font of choice for this kind of thing.

Monday, October 18, 2010

All Employees Must Use a Decent Typeface

I kind of wish I could put that sign up there next to this one. I also kind of wish restaurants didn't have to put up signs telling employees that they have to wash their hands after using the washroom, but I guess there are worse things to worry about. Thanks Dan, and stay clean Somerville, MA.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tout sur Papyrus

Yeah I know that French isn't as good as Sel Marin Gris en Papyrus, which probably isn't even good. But anyway, at a glance half a glance this site had potential to be cool (sans-Papyrus of course) in a retro sort of way. Space background, animated gifs...yet scrolling down the site just makes me want to go away, but I can't, because it scrolls endlessly.

Thanks to Paul for this one (and his girlfriend for tormenting him with the Papyrus). Still scrolling though, send food and beer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Artesia eh?

Looks like this one was snapped while in a car, so kudos to Nate for capturing it. According to Google, this Papyrus billboard could be for any number of things. One thing it isn't is an exit I'll take if I ever come across it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Papyrus at the Gentleman's Club

A sighting sent in by Sara, among others, of a gentleman's club, a classy word for sure with a rather unclassy font, Polecatz is complete with a Papyrus Bus. Just the thing you'd wanna be seen riding around in. It sounds like they have excellent customer service though. I actually find this really funny, a real lol. To each his own, I suppose.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

epic fail photos - Sign Win

If only we read FailBlog regularly. Thankfully KeriLynn found it for us and sent it in.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Papyrus on Colbert

Was catching up on some Colbert Report one night and bam! For just a couple seconds on this title screen for King Tut's Penis Part 2, Papyrus. I don't remember Part 1. But this is quite possibly an inside job as a joke, no? I mean it's about Egypt so maybe, but the people that product these graphics probably get it. I'd slip it in, at some point or another.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Holy fonts does this guy ever love Brenda

This is just unreal. Yes I know what you're all waiting for, if you haven't spotted it already look at the top left Brenda. Man, did this guy just open up Microsoft Word and take the whole fonts menu with him? Thanks to Andrew for sending this in. Not our first Papyrus tattoo either.

See any more?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Penhorn Plaza in Dartmouth

Even driving in a car on the highway I spotted this Papyrus sign from hundreds of feet away.

The Penhorn Plaza in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia recently changed their name from Penhorn Mall and got a fancy new sign, too. Who keeps getting paid to do this stuff? I'm assuming for not very much money.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Our friend and avid Papyrus Watcher David G. came across this webcomic. Interestingly, he says

...called "Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama" (Japanese for "Jewels of the Sun and the Moon and the Stars" -- though the title is in Roman letters, not in Japanese)...
And yeah, all even the dialog is in Papyrus. Too far. They really look like ancient Egyptians to me...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sel Marin Gris, en Papyrus!

Krishna sends us this pic of some Parisian grey sea salt, apparently expensive in Canada. I can see that. And also grey salt? So they're bleaching my salt, too? Man...

PS: Check out my French, pretty sure "en" means "in".

PPS: I don't even use salt for anything, take that Salt Association!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Papyrus Recycles

Ha! I can see how Chris would find this an embarrassment, but I don't live there, so I kind of think it's pretty funny. Nothing says Earthy like recycling to the font of Papyrus. Someone at town hall got excited over this font find for sure.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Papyrus invades Vegas

I'm betting there's more (ha!) but this is the first we've got from Las Vegas, town square, of "francesca's collections", sent in by Nate. Sounds familiar...Montreal? A completely different Francesca's?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Papyrus at Blimpies

Rhonda snapped this Papyrus sighting at Blimpies. We don't have these in Canada, but McDonalds ran these Papyrus ads form TVs to billboards, apparently only in Canada though.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Some Montreal Papyrus

Our friend Amanda form Montreal, a Caribbean restaurant called Kalalu. What's that you say, tropical fusion? Nope, does not say Papyrus at all.

And Edible Arrangements, these guys are on the road everywhere, from Halifax to St. Louis now to Montreal.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Papyrus in Spain falls mostly in Mallorca

One sighting at least, from "The SZ", of this boat named "Mayan Spirit. Nothing very Mayan about any of it, so I'm not so sure they Mayans would be honored or not. They were pretty cool.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fonte Mexicano...Down Under

This Papyrus sighting is sent in by Kate all the way form Sidney, Australia. They have Mexican restaurants (or "Restaurante Mexicano")  there, even. I don't know why that seems funny to me, Mexican food is good.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Free ezine wow! And share the adventures. Papyrus may just be a half-appropriate font for this stunning ad. Spotted on by Tom.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Crocodile Hunter Papyrus

Well, we did know about this already and it's already out there via Wikipedia's Papyrus entry. But in case you didn't, Tom sent it in and we wanted it for our collection, so there we go.

Morrissey Papyrus

Making fun of daddy's font: Steve Morrissey using papyrus on his album cover. You know what that means? This guy is totally as badass as Lamb of God now.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hey remember Avatar?

Well, Kyle made this for us recently, just to show, yet again, that with a few minutes of tweaking you can get James Cameron's $200 million Avatar font. Not that just because something is big means you have to spend a ton of time on it to make it good, but you know, originality is good too.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fresh Wave

This really looked familiar to me, when Jack sent in the Fresh Wave website loaded with Papyrus I thought this has been sent in before for sure. But no, it was actually this Organic Fiji product line, also with Papyrus of course, and on the natural/organic theme. Not very fresh now, is it?

More Papyrus Beer

For whatever reason, it seems like microbreweries are starting to grow fond of our favourite font, as seen here with this Dogfish Head "Pangaea" send in by Thomas. Previously we've seen this Papyrus & Sons, and at the Halifax Beerfest (which means we have to go back this year, you know, to be on the lookout).

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Peruvian Papyrus Desserts

Gordon sends in a Papyrus sighting from a Peruvian restaurant in St. Louis called Mango. Checked out their website and it looks nice, places looks pretty fancy, but the physical menu? Full-on Papyrus, titles in all caps even.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Andy Pettitte doesn't know it's Papyrus

Oh, who's that? Andy Pettitte? Yeah I dunno. NY Yankee pitcher and 5-time world champ. Check out the full YouTube vid, at around 54 seconds says Jay. Ok he's doing a vid for stuff in a church, notorious for Papyrus. But still, it's almost like product placement, how well it made it into certain scenes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Story of Standing Cloud

The other day we got an email from David of Standing Cloud. As it turns out their logo is Papyrus and they were turning themselves in after being totally bombed by comments as much or more about the font then the actual service in this TechCrunch article about the company.

Interestingly enough, David took it pretty well and responded to the issue in the comments:
I failed to heed prior warnings about this issue and we will now have to pay our debt to society. In response to your comment and others, I have voluntarily turned myself in to the authorities at PapyrusWatch (, and we are already making plans to update the logo to something attractive and sensible. I hope you favor rehabilitation over punishment and would be willing to try the service, or at least read the article, despite our aesthetic transgression.
So we wrote him back, and turns out they're putting up the job on 99designs for $395. So if you're ok with spec work and/or want to help them out, go check it out here (there's actually a couple there now that read "Stranded Cloud"...ouch). Ok lets make it right.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

At the Boston Airport

Shira sends this from the Boston Logan Airport, hope she's not going to Toronto, it's in the airport there too.

Papyrus loves you

Actually, no it doesn't. And if I ever got that as a gift, well, there'd be some conflict, and question as to whether you really did. This is part of a set on Etsy as Kristen points out. I miss you? maybe... I must leave? take that in Papyrus.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Detroit Tigres Papyrus on the Jumbotron?

Or you know, one of those big screens.  But wow, giant Papyrus indeed snapped by Jonathan! This may be one of the weirdest uses I've seen, actually. Usually it's just sort of "ah damn, Papyrus got you too", but this is more like "Huh? Geez...". You know?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

America's Next Top Papyrus

I can't believe we forgot about this one, but we've had a few people tell us there was Papyrus on America's Next Top Model, so thanks! So is Papyrus America's Next Comic Sans?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

More iPad Papyrus in AirGuitar

Our friend Nathan spotted this in the "Help" popover in the AirGuitar iPad app. Funny, because this is one of the first things I downloaded on the iPad and it was so horrible I never got around to finding it. Now PocketGuitar for iPhone on the other hand...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bora Bora!

Andrea pointed out that the folks at Tahiti Sun Travel have sites set up for Bora Bora and surrounding islands. They're probably not too concerned and out enjoying the tropics...I dunno, I'd go there, it looks damn gorgeous. I mean just ask this guy:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Business, Technology, Service

An anonymous submission for a sighting at Lewis-Clark State College is in Lewiston, Idaho. The sender stated his concern of Papyrus not representing business, technology, or service. I concur. Although it is used an awful lot to represent businesses.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Paiste Papyrus

Another shot form Nathaniel, he tells us these are some pretty high-end cymbals. Yet another big brand falls victim...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Clayton Fine Fonts

Eric snapped this pic of a 100% Papyrus real estate sign. If you check their website they do actually have some fine looking homes, albeit a brutal website and a tacky ***What we offer*** link that's actually a PDF that they put through the rub across a dirty floor filter a few times.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Certified Papyrus

It's like lululemon meets Gap in Manila, Philippines. Thanks Paolo.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ovation HD TV Papyrus Colors!

Yeah! This TV is probably about as rad as they make it out to be.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PDF to Papyrus

Jeff pointed us at this PDF to image converter, so we gave it a shot. The first thing I didn't like, from a usability perspective, was the black-on-red filename text. And then gah! How untechnological. Perhaps they equated Papyrus with paper, and turning paper info an image? Even that logic isn't entirely sound. But once I downloaded my file (on a Mac) it was a .zip file which I found unnecessary, but then it unzipped to a .cpgz (whatever the hell that is)...which opened as a .zip...which opened as a see the problem here.
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