My handwriting has gone to pot. My writing style isn’t even consistent these days – so much so that I hardly recognise it myself. And if handwriting is an expression of personality then maybe I should face up to the decline of that too!
We spend much more time these days typing than using a pen so will future generations ever really need to put a pen to paper? It’s a sad fact that cursive handwriting has been slowly disappearing from classrooms around the world in recent years.
Nice, flowing handwriting oozes personality in a way that a typeset letter never can (even if it’s set in Comic Sans) so pick up your favourite pen and get some practise in with good old-fashioned letter writing. Everybody loves receiving a handwritten letter in a handwritten envelope – it means much more than a text message or hideous chat acronyms and text shorthand.
Of course us designers will always keep a pen close by – nothing tops the thrill of sharing an idea scribbled on a scrap of paper.
Photo: The beautiful handwriting of our client and friend Charles Maclean