Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Handwriting: Visual Research

These first few are from the first site I posted - I love the different characters that come through with the different handwriting styles - lots of individuality.

These are some examples of how artists have used handwritten calligraphy to create a variety of visuals - all of which couldn't have been created with as much character if produced digitally.

A cracking video here, shows two people creating letters of the alphabet - one a child:

I've also researched from a wide variety of book, as you can see here! Scans of images are located in a flip file.

Monday, 30 January 2012


Some useful/fun/engaging sites that have got me started on the "handwriting vs technology" briefs:

I'll start with my favourite: http://www.themaninblue.com/articles/handwritten_typographers/ 
I love the "I'm name and this is my handwriting" - it suggests a really personal link between the character of the person and the aesthetics of their script. Another arty one here: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/ - examples of handwriting being incorporated into art pieces.

This got me thinking, and I found this: http://handwriting.feedbucket.com/start.php, which analyses your handwriting style through a series of questions, and tell you what kind of person you are... It didn't really work for me, but there are other more in-depth tests to identify character from handwriting - this is called graphology.

Finally, some blog posts which caught my eye about this very debate - one wittily called "The Handwriting on the Wall", and another website titled "Write or Wrong" which is entirely dedicated to the subject.

There are images from these sites, and image I've sourced in a number of books, but I'll post those some other time.