|Shown here||Papyrus EF Alternatives|
History and overview
The font was created in 1982 and released the next year with Letraset. It was hand-drawn over a period of six months by means of calligraphy pen and textured paper. Costello described his goal as a font that would represent what English language texts would have looked like if written on papyrus 2000 years ago. Papyrus has a number of distinctive characteristics, including rough edges, irregular curves, and high horizontal strokes in the capitals. ITC, the current owner of the typeface, describes it as an "unusual roman typeface [that] effectively merges the elegance of a traditional roman letterform with the hand-crafted look of highly skilled calligraphy."
An alternative font published by Elsner+Flake is Papyrus EF Alternatives (or Papyrus EF Regular), providing a slight variation to Costello's font. Its differences include a shorter, sharper capital P, a capital E with a top bar longer than the middle bar, and a swash A.
Examples of use
- The subtitles that appear in James Cameron's 2009 movie Avatar and the logo of the movie itself
- The title of the television program The Crocodile Hunter
- Bottles of AriZona brand iced tea
- Many of the album covers of the band Lamb of God and much of the band's merchandise
- In the title credits of the television program Medium
- The logo for symphonic metal band Elis
- In Samurai Jack, the typeface is always seen at the beginning of an episode
- On game tiles and on the box decoration of the board game Terra Mystica
- Chris Costello Website
- Type Gallery - Papyrus
- Sightings from Australia!". Papyrus Watch. 2009-12-17.
- Estvold, Travis (2008-06-25). "F is for Font". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- "Avatar is Papyrus?". Papyrus Watch. 2009-08-22.
- "Microsoft Typography: Papyrus – Version 1.11". Microsoft Corporation.
- "Mac OS X 10.3: Fonts list". Apple Inc. Last updated 2008-07-24.