Is handwriting dead?
In this digital era, more and more people don’t even know how to hand write anymore! Handwriting has lost ground to computer generated fonts. I personally like to believe that handwriting is not “dead”! I have an agenda and I write in it everyday and I think that there are still people who use handwriting in everyday life and in design.
I admit that I’m glad that now we can send emails instead of letters and that information can go around much faster than in the days when we didn’t have emails or mobile phones. But that doesn’t mean that we should ban handwriting from our lives – we tried so hard to learn it in school, it brings back memories, emotions and it’s a pity to not use it anymore.
Source: Handwriting Styles: VariousProjects by Iskra Johnson
Designers have found a way to blend this beautiful handwritten style typography into their designs. Whether we’re talking about web design, vector illustrations, posters or something else, this style can make your artwork look so creative and unique!
There are so many styles of handwriting, each and every one of us has a special hand writing. If you want to create a truly unique handwriting font to use in your designs, to add a little human touch to them, you can even transform your handwriting into a digital font.
I asked my colleagues to write down the alphabet, check out their different handwriting:
As you can see, I have the prettiest handwriting! Just kidding. I wanted to say that each of our handwriting is different by letter leaning (mine is leaning left, while Doink’s is leaning right), spacing between letters, height of letters and so on.
Raluca is an artist so her handwriting must stand out! It’s large, airy and somewhat creative, in comparison to Laur’s handwriting which is in upper case – he rarely writes anything.
Here are some examples of creative use of handwritten fonts in design:
Handwritten fonts in web design
Handwritten fonts in vector illustrations
Handwritten fonts in poster design
Handwritten fonts in product package design
Your turn now.
When was the last time you wrote something? And do you use handwritten fonts in your designs?