Hi there! Welcome back to our World of Calligraphy and Design! While we specialise in calligraphy, our belief is always on Practicing, Preserving and Promoting Penmanship!
In this blog, we take a deep dive into all things hand-written.Introduction
Handwriting has been known to mankind for centuries as a means of communication and documentation. It is essential that we preserve and promote this for generations to come.
In the most layman terms, handwriting is to write using one’s hand.Handwriting
The benefits of handwriting are manifold; we are listing a few below:
- - Improve brain, hand and eye coordination
- - Improve motor skills
- - Improve one’s personality
- - Increase creativity
- - Improve focus and attention
With the advent of computers, laptops and smart phones we use our hands more for typing rather than writing. When we type on a system using a keyboard, we use our hands differently from when we handwrite.
Typing mostly involves the fingertips of both hands by adding pressure through touch on the keys while our hands move across the keyboard. The pressure is applied through touch directly onto the keys.
However, for handwriting, we hold a tool (any type of pencil or pen) and put pressure through the tool onto the paper. During this process, our fingers, the palm of the hand, the hand on the whole, the wrist and the whole arm are involved. This has a direct impact on our brain. It is known through research that handwriting activates larger regions of our brain which help in memory, healing and thinking.
While handwriting is a bodily function of our hand, the art and skill of handwriting is called Penmanship. The art of beautiful writing is referred to as Calligraphy. Calligraphy is a careful curation of techniques involving handwriting. Please find below an image to represent pointed pen calligraphy.
So, where does Cursive find a place amidst all this.
Cursive is a script that involves connecting characters.
Cursive was devised as a means to increase the pace of writing in comparison to calligraphy. Hence, the time taken to write gets significantly reduced. With the progress of time and space, there was an increasing need to increase the speed for documentation through writing. Thus, cursive was born. Please find below an image to represent cursive handwriting.
Today, Cursive is used in educational institutions, governmental organisations and other professional areas as a means of documentation and communication. Due to the availability of technological advancements, cursive is used more for documentation rather than communication between two or more parties. However, we believe that cursive handwriting should be more inclusive in our day to day lives in order to preserve penmanship and the authenticity of handwritten articles.
As a means to our mission to practice, preserve and promote penmanship, we conduct Cursive workshops and teach cursive handwriting to kids and adults through online medium across the world. We believe that we will be able to conduct in-person workshops in the near future!
MRD’s tip of the week: Consistency is key for a beautiful handwriting and this has a direct impact on our personality and helps us a keep a balanced outlook on our life!
On that note, we bid adieu but only until our next blog post.
Let us know your thoughts on preserving penmanship in the comments section below!