Yeah, so I had no idea that Papyrus was such a hated font, right up there with the likes of Comic Sans. And here I’ve been using it as the main font on my website for about 15 years now. It’s considered kitschy and tacky and it supposedly shows that you’re a bad designer.
Well fuck. So, I kind of get that it’s overused. I hadn’t really realized that until I saw the SNL sketch with Ryan Gosling, and it really hit home (or, should I say, it really hit ‘homepage’). You do see it used on signs for hippie-esque shops and and tea brands and the like.
So, perhaps I’m just a terrible, hopeless web designer. Because in the context of my site here, I look at it and still feel that it fits perfectly with the parchment background that I use. Or perhaps I’m just a very slow learner. After all, I did use a quite tacky background in the early days of my site for the first 6 or 7 years. And just like then, I just can’t fathom using anything else. Of course, I also don’t claim to be some sort of web design expert, and I’m not trying to gain a following. I have no delusions of thinking that my little slice of the web is going to become popular like I may have had long ago in the early days of the internets; that’s not my goal at all. This is for me. And I fucking like it. (And if you view this site on a Mac instead of Windows, it’s downright beautiful. macOS renders the font much more smoothly.)
I may fool around with different background and font combinations for poops and hoops, but for now, Papyrus stays.