When the world’s gone to shit, sometimes it’s holding on to rage over the little things that helps us survive the Big Stuff. One of those little things is the papyrus font. So, many people felt Saturday Night Live’s takedown of the only font that might challenge Comic Sans as the world’s most hated font. Here’s the skit:
It turns out the creator of Papyrus, Chris Costello, has seen the skit and has some choice words for all you haters out there.
According to CBS News:
“I woke up this morning Sunday and my email was full. I had a lot of people telling me, ‘Did you see this ‘Saturday Night Live’ thing?’ I took a look at it and me and my wife were like cracking up, I mean we couldn’t stop laughing. It was one of the best things I’ve seen,” Costello said in an interview that streamed Sunday on CBSN.
C’mon guys, you didn’t really think he’s be mad did you? Anyway, if you’ve seen the sketch you’ll know that Ryan Gosling’s character isn’t actually mad at the font but, is rather, enraged at the lazy graphic designer who used it in the marketing and branding of the movie Avatar.
In the interview, Chris describes the creative inspiration that brought the world Papyrus. It seems he was going through some shit at the time.
“I designed the font when I was 23 years old. I was right out of college. I was kind of just struggling with some different life issues, I was studying the Bible, looking for God and this font came to mind, this idea of, thinking about the biblical times and Egypt and the Middle East. I just started scribbling this alphabet while I was at work and it kind of looked pretty cool,” Costello said.
Looked “pretty cool”, Chris? You FUCKING MONSTER. Chris went on to say that he only got paid $750 dollars for the font and had no idea it would end up on practically every computer in the world. If you thought Chris was cruising the Nile in a solid gold felucca getting fanned by the tail of a nubile young Na’vi, you’re wrong. Chris is just a guy who made a font, never considering the global ramifications that it would lead to. Chris concedes that due to its broad appeal (delusional) and its ubiquity (undeniable), Papyrus has taken on a life of its own. Chris said ”It was kind of out of control. It was not my intent to be used for everything — it’s way overused“. Well Chris, tell that to the girls that designed the Sherman Oaks Jr. High Girl’s Soccer Team Annual Bake-Sale flyers. It’s time for a serious conversation about font control because if not now, when?