scientific font use

Jan's picture

A couple of days ago I watched a documentary on archaeologists digging in Egypt. They had pre-printed forms to take notes. Now, take a guess what the pre-printed font on those forms was. (hint: If they’d been digging in Switzerland it would have been Helvetica.)

apankrat's picture

Hahaha .. Papyrus ?!

Nick Shinn's picture

I doubt it was Egyptienne.

quadibloc's picture

Since long ago Egypt was a British colony, I would suggest Gill Sans. It's seen a lot of use on forms and the like in Britain.

Spire's picture

I know! It was this!

riccard0's picture


dtw's picture

On the subject of which, I always snigger when I see covers of this publication on the shelf of my local WHSmith.
Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

eliason's picture

Cairo? Karnak? Memphis? (Or FF Dig!?)

karinskij's picture

Oh, that magazine could do with some "minor" touch-ups!

Jan's picture

It was Papyrus (of course).

Egyptienne would probably be on the forms of archaeologists digging in London for remains of the 19th century.

Nick Shinn's picture

(of course)

The Latin name of Egypt is Aegyptus, which is nothing like papyrus.

Jan's picture

Nick, of course because it’s on every computer.
(My Helvetica-hint may have been a bit misleading.)
Egyptienne doesn’t walk like an Egyptian today like it did 200 (?) years ago.
For the amateur typographer Papyrus does.
Archaeologists should know about the egyptian fashion hype in the 19th century but a slab just doesn’t look egyptian today.

jacobsievers's picture

I don't know who this guy is, but he seems pretty angry.

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