Monday, March 24th, 2014

A Change in Handwriting?



Has anyone else noticed any changes to their handwriting over the years? Has it become neater, messier, or perhaps more stylized? I know that I began to use a combination of printed/cursive letters sometime when I was an early teenager. Since that time, I believe that my writing has become somewhat more stylized and I am now able to write straight across the page when using blank paper. My signature on the other hand, has disintegrated into only a few recognizable letter forms. 

(This is one of those times when my notes about a post actually becomes the post.)


6 thoughts on “A Change in Handwriting?

  1. Over the years, my handwriting has begun to look more and more like my dad’s and my grandpa’s handwriting. This fascinates me because I RARELY see their writing these days.

  2. Wow, familiar ground. My first year in college I intentionally switched to “high-speed printing” because my cursive couldn’t keep up with notetaking. Over the subsequent decades, my “style” morphed into… what? I didn’t really know until I took an envelope addressed to me out of an old folder one day and thought, “What was I sending myself in a self-addressed envelope?!!” Then I looked at the return address. It was to me from my late father. In an era of phone calls and then email, I had not noticed that my handwriting had become eerily like his, even though I had started in a completely different place, so to speak.

  3. I went through a phase of trying to improve my handwriting about six years ago when I got my first fountain pens. I read all the self-help books and practiced forms and patterns. Helped tremendously. But I have regressed over the last year or so. Impatience.

  4. G2’s initially made a change, but when I went to 0.38 pens and then fine to extra fine nib fountain pens, I have found my handwriting has improved significantly. It was terrible for years, compounded by years of journalism.

  5. I have had more than a couple of people tell me that my current handwriting could or should be an available font… though it isn’t especially neat or stylized or even driven by particularly consistent standards. That said, it is much better than it used to be because I stopped trying to write in cursive…that was never fast enough to catch up with the words my imagination was offering to the world. If I named it as a font I’d call it Poet Condensed.

  6. Absolutely has changed. In some ways it’s better. In other ways it’s worse. I’m also finding some of the “handwriting rules” I was taught only seem to work when you’re in fourth grade.

    I guess I’m ahead of the younger generation. They can barely print let alone handwrite. I wonder if there is an app for that? :P

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