The Man Who Created Papyrus, The Other Most Hated Font

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CHRIS COSTELLO SOLD PAPYRUS FOR THE EQUIVALENT OF $2,500 WHEN HE WAS 23. HE NEVER COULD’VE GUESSED HOW BIG IT WOULD BECOME—OR HOW REVILED.

You’ve probably never heard of Chris Costello, but there’s a good chance you hate him. Outside of Comic Sans creator Vincent Connare, Costello is perhaps the most vilified man in all font design. Costello, you see, is the father of Papyrus, a calligraphic typeface he first created in 1982.

Sometimes called “the other most hated font in the world”, Papyrus is the typeface that font comedians move onto when their Comic Sans jokebook gets a little dog-eared. Like Connare’s font, Papyrus is famous for being misused, especially on things like signs, business cards, and letterheads. Multiple websites exist just to ridicule it. It has become a punchline on television shows and featured in video games like the 2015 indie RPG, Undertale (which stars an eponymous skeleton who only speaks in Papyrus word balloons).

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