Client: So I was going through Microsoft Word looking at fonts and I found this font I’ve never seen before.
Me: (cringing) Yes there are a wide variety of fonts available today. I can research some that would be great for your…
Client: No, no, I found the exact one I want, it’s perfect.
Me: Um, okay, what’s the font.
Me: (dropping feeling in my stomach) Um, can you spell that.
Client: Oh, yeah, sure: P-A-P-Y-R-U-S
At this point I’m grateful that it’s a phone conversation.
Client: *keeps going on and on how this is the PERFECT font*
Me: What about the Papyrus do you like?
Client: It’s so rough and fresh. It’s like it’s hand-drawn. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Me: (trying to be gentle) It is an interesting font, I get the appeal of a hand-drawn font. Unfortunately, it’s been used so many times that it’s entering the realm of Comic Sans in reputation. We can do a font study to find something that has the rough, fresh, professional, hand-drawn feel you desire.
Client: I’ve never seen it before, I think that’s just a thing with you designery type.
Client: So, we’re using Papyrus.
In the end, we parted ways congenially after some less than productive attempts at the image. It’s the only client I’ve had to walk away from, but hey, I never had to present logo options with the Papyrus font.