When I was growing up, my older sister Wendy took up calligraphy as a hobby. She abandoned it pretty quickly but her handwriting today is still AMAZING. Compared to my scrawl, which is bigger than it probably has to be (like a child’s) and is generally a print-cursive hybrid many penmanship teachers would frown upon. Her handwritten missives have perfectly formed letters, exactly in line, and they’re often wonderfully tiny.

I’m a bit of a typography nerd so I find myself examining handwriting like I do digital letterforms. The loop of a lowercase J or the way the “tail” falls away from a small F almost always draw my eyes. In another life I’m sure I was a typographer — or at least a type fetishist. : )

I have always envied people with perfect handwriting. I write a lot of notes and letters and I always feel kinda sad for the person reading them (or attempting to). To alleviate some of this, I have a digital typeface based on my handwriting. It improves things a bit for the people who have to read my stuff, but it’ll never be like Wendy’s.

How’s your penmanship?

1 Comment on Fine penmanship

  1. Wendy
    May 4, 2010 at 9:55 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you Kel, I am truly touched. I think I really got the penmanship thing from Grancy; her handwriting was absolutely beautiful with dips and curves and it just flowed so gracefully. I’ve decided to take up calligraphy again since I’m tired of emails and text messages. There truly is nothing like a handwritten note.


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