Top 6 Cool Handwriting Styles

by Admin on November 12, 2013

Hello, my dear readers. I’m sorry for it has been quite a while since the last article on this blog. Let’s try to continue our discussion on amazing handwriting, and talk a bit about some great handwriting styles developed over the course of few past centuries. Handwriting is an art that has been there for many years. Handwriting is first taught when one joins kindergarten, and then in school. There, children are taught how to shape letters and how to write them neatly. But as the years pass by everyone develops their own personal handwriting. Some people develop cool handwriting styles while others are barely legible.

A handwriting style refers to the way letters, numbers and characters are carefully designed in a specific and defined way. Each style has its own specific characteristics, and the letters need to be aligned in a specified way. So let’s proceed on some examples of good-looking handwriting styles.

Some of the cool handwriting styles

Cursive handwriting

Cursive HandwritingThis is a handwriting style that was quite popular a couple of years ago but despite its decrease in popularity it’s still relevant and remains one of those cool handwriting styles. When using this handwriting, the letters are aligned from left to right and are written in such a way there is a flowing movement. It’s an easy style of writing and the more one practices the easier it gets for them.

Palmer handwriting style

Palmer HandwritingThis is an old handwriting style developed by Austin Palmer back in the 1800s. It’s not one of those fancy handwriting styles. The palmer style is mainly used for business writing. The shape of the letters used is italic cursive. It’s a simple way of writing the letters do not need any complex shapes .The main advantage of using this style being you can write quickly but still maintain the legibility and neatness of the text.

Copperplate script

Copperplate HandwritingThis is a handwriting style that rose to popularity in the 18th century. It was used for copy book writing .The copperplate script remains one of the most elegant handwriting styles. When using this style one require a sharp pointed flexible nib. The letters are shaped in such a way that they slant to the left at about 55 degrees.

Spencerian script

Spencerian HandwritingThis is a script that was developed in 1840 by Platt Roger Spencer. It’s one of the ornamental scripts. This is a method of writing that was used in business writing and in letter writing. The script was considered to be the standard handwriting style in the USA .It’s a very fancy way of writing and can be used in everyday writing. The letters are oval shaped, with extended loops to them. Some of the shaping of the letters is quite similar to cursive writing.

Ornamental script

Ornamental HandwritingThis form of penmanship just like the other styles was developed back in the olden days. Ornamental penmanship is also known as off-hand flourishing, this form of writing essentially means that it mainly focuses on conveying the grace and beauty of images. This is successfully attained by using artistic shades, gentle curves and hairline strokes making it quite a fine smooth form of penmanship.

Round handwriting script

Roundhand HandwritingIt’s a handwriting that evolved in the 1600s. When using this type of penmanship one should make strokes that are thick and thin ensuring a successful combination. The characters slant to the right. The type of pen that is used should have a thin pointed nib, and the hand should move smoothly and flawlessly.

Though most of the cool handwriting styles mentioned were used in the olden days, and appear to have been taken over with the evolution of modern technology .They still remain to be unique and elegant writing styles and can be learnt by anyone who is interested in improving their handwriting skills. You can even develop your own style by utilizing particular elements of the styles shown above. Most of the materials that can be used to practice these forms of writing styles are available online or one can also purchase books that utilize these kinds of writing styles. The most important thing for one is to practice the art until perfection is achieved.

 

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Top 3 Graphology Examples

by Admin on June 8, 2013

The last time we’ve started discussing the subject of handwriting analysis. This time I would like to give you some of the most popular graphology examples. While many people call graphology a pseudoscience, the others are ready to stand for it till the end. But the fact is that many companies are using services of professional graphologists for evaluation of people applying for jobs. It’s up to you whether you believe in it or not. I suggest you to look at the examples below and see yourself if graphology analysis works for you, or it doesn’t.

Let’s move to the graphology examples

Write down a sentence in your own handwriting, preferably using ballpoint pen on unlined paper. In the book called Success Secrets of the Rich and Happy Bart Baggett recommends writing the following sentence as it in includes all of the letters needed for examples below. The sentence is:

The purple people eater said, “You and your silly monkey do not go home from the zoo on Tuesday. Instead they go to the racetrack on Friday!”

Take a look at slant of your handwriting

Your slant reveals your expressiveness; people with slant far to the right express more emotionally, they are more in touch with their feelings than people with the slant to the left, who are more likely to have emotional issues keeping them more withdrawn. If you find you slant straight up and down, this means you are more rational and logical, are able to handle pressure and stress quite well.

The size of the writing is important in graphology analysis

Judging if you are introverted or extroverted can be done looking at the size of your writing combined with the indicators of the slant as described above. Many social type people have bigger and funnier looking handwriting. At the same time, introverted people tend to write in smaller, focused and concentrated handwriting.

Pay attention to your “Y’s”.

In fact, letter “y” in your handwriting has much to say about your personality. It indicates how much you trust other people, how much energy do you have, and the level of your sexual expression.

Take a look at the size of your “y.” The bigger it is, the more physically natured and energetic you are. The depth of your “y” and “g” stroke is an indicator of your energy level and sex drive. The longer the stroke is, the more of these you have. If your y-loop is quite small, it usually means you’re not energetic at the moment, and sex isn’t quite important for you at this time. If this subject got you interested, the correlation between the lower loops and the sex drives are discussed in more detail in the book The Secrets to Making Love Happen.

When I told “at this time” in the last few lines, I basically meant that your handwriting may change from time to time, with the change of your mood and health. This adds one more variable factor to the subject of graphology analysis.

And to conclude the list of graphology examples, take a look at the samples of y-loop below. Choose the ones that look more like your handwriting, and see what they say about you. Don’t be confused if you discover contradictory signs; since we all are human, contradictions can be present in our own personality.

Y Letter Graphology Examples

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The Essentials of Graphology Analysis

by Admin on May 4, 2013

In the last article we have covered the subject of shorthand writing, which basically is a way to improve writing speed while sacrificing readability and the beauty of masterfully crafted handwritten text. Let’s take a look at the subject of handwriting from the opposite perspective, where the looks of letterforms play the major role. We have slightly touched the subject of graphology analysis in the introductory post to amazing handwriting blog. Let’s put a few more words about it.

What graphology analysis is and what it isn’t

There is some common misconception about the word graphology itself. Graphology analysis is the study and analysis of handwriting most often in relation to human psychology. This must not be confused with forensic document examination, which often gets associated with graphology. Although forensic or questioned document examination also deals with handwritten text analysis, it is not an aspect of graphology, as it only tries to answer the question whether or not a document was written by the person who is thought to have written it.

There were some tests carried out to verify whether handwriting analysis can reliably assess personality and predict job performance of respondents. The fact that most of the tests have given negative results puts graphology analysis into the domain of pseudoscience as lacking valid scientific evidence. Deciding whether or not to trust results provided by graphology is up to you. There is always a chance that graphology may turn out to be a real science just waiting for its scientific breakthrough. Even if it can’t give reliable results at this point when viewed in isolation, it still may occur as a valuable source of information when used in combination with other personality evaluation methods.

This discussion would not be complete without mentioning graphotherapy. Graphotherapy is the practice of changing a person’s handwriting with the aim to change his or her personality as the end result. The therapy relies on a set of exercises similar to those in calligraphy. Although the idea of graphotherapy may seem unbelievable at first, just think about the following. Imagine you’ve put a lot of effort into developing your own amazing handwriting style. You did a good job and drastically changed your handwriting. Every time you write a note or a letter, you feel proud of yourself. You know you’ve been able to take control of yourself and overcome an obstacle. You feel more self-confident. You enjoy the process of writing, which no longer brings you disappointment and frustration. Now answer the question yourself – did changes in your handwriting positively affect your personality?

The main principles of graphology

The whole subject of graphology relies on the following principles:

  • When we write, out ego is active, with different degree depending on the phase of writing.
  • The writer uses the most familiar and simple forms of letters when the action of writing becomes comparatively difficult.
  • The central nervous system controls the muscular movements involved in writing.
  • The written strokes reflect both temporary and long term changes in the central nervous system.
  • Muscular tension is mostly outside of conscious control so emotional and mental state finds its way into person’s handwriting.
  • Graphologist examines writing or drawing movements by viewing them as movements organized by the central nervous system, evaluating the pattern, form, movement, rhythm, quality and consistency.
  • Single graphological element can have many different psychological interpretations.

There are several approaches to graphology analysis, each having many different systems developed. Each of the systems has a different vocabulary, using different terms, and often the same term having different meanings. There are some academic institutions around the world offering training and even an accredited degree in handwriting analysis. There is also a plenty of books available on the subject.

Considering the fact that graphology is an interesting subject, I’ll continue discussion and post some graphology examples later on this blog. Meanwhile, if you got interested, you can take a look at the following excellent books dedicated to handwriting analysis.

 Handwriting Analysis  Sex, Lies and Handwriting  Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life Transform Your Life Through Handwriting 
 Handwriting Analysis : Putting It to Work for You   Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting   Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life!   Transform Your Life Through Handwriting

Thanks for reading, friends. Till next time.

 

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Let’s take a little twist this time and take a look at a different but quite amazing writing style called shorthand writing. It is also known as stenography, brachygraphy or tachygraphy, which translates from Greek as narrow writing, short writing and speedy writing respectively, each flavor focusing more on either compactness or speed. The purpose of shorthand writing is to take less space and be much faster than a regular writing. This is achieved by introducing special symbols for alphabet letters, words and common phrases, which greatly depends on the chosen shorthand writing system.

Shorthand from Past to Present

In the past shorthand writing was used widely by journalists and secretaries. A person trained in shorthand often could write as fast as most people speak. With the advance of speech recording devices and computer-aided transcription, shorthand is losing its popularity. Despite that, shorthand is still used as a tool for taking personal notes and sometimes as a business tool. In some regions, journalists are still required to take shorthand courses and pass shorthand tests. And of course, many enthusiasts and hobbyists love it for its compactness and rapidness of writing, and use it for making personal notes and records.

An interest in short writing development started in the 16th century. Sir Isaac Newton was one of the most widely known historical persons who used shorthand in some of his notebooks. It feels somewhat sad seeing such great tools and techniques developed across centuries becoming obsolete and with time forgotten. There is still a hope this is not the case with shorthand, as it can become a valuable tool in your own personal productivity arsenal.

Top shorthand writing systems

Now let’s just put history aside and take a look at the top 3 shorthand systems most widely used nowadays. Pay close attention and decide for yourself how much they fit your style and taste, and whether they deserve a place in your own skill set. Here they go.

  1. Pitman ShorthandPitman shorthand. Sir Isaac Pitman introduced this system in 1837. Since then, it was updated and improved many times. It was so successful that it was used all over the English-speaking countries, and so it has been adapted to many languages other than English. One of the performance improving features of this system is the idea that although full range of vowel symbols is available, their use is optional when consonants are sufficient to determine the word under question. Pitman system is still widely used in some countries.
  2. Gregg ShorthandGregg shorthand. Gregg’s system (1888) is similar to Pitman in that it is also phonetic. As an additional speed enhancing feature it uses thin strokes only, which is different from Pitman utilizing both thin and thick strokes in order to distinguish related sounds. It also dropped awkward diacritic marks found in Pitman. Stroke length plays an important role in Gregg shorthand system. It’s best suited for transcription soon after it is written, since deciphering it after a long period of time can become a really painful experience.
  3. Teeline ShorthandTeeline shorthand. Teeline system differs from Pitman and Gregg in that it is spelling based in place of phonetics. This has both good and bad sides to it, as it is connected to a conventional alphabet we are used to, at the same time retaining some of its inadequacies. It was developed in 1970 by James Hill, an instructor of Pitman shorthand. Its primary purpose is to aid in taking dictations, and it also needs to be transcribed soon after it is taken, so its primary aim is professional use rather than personal. Teeline shorthand is used mainly in the UK, and is little known anywhere else.

Learning shorthand writing is not easy. It can provide up to ten times increase in writing speed, but at the expense of readability. You can get all of the benefits of shorthand writing once you learn to sight read all the outlines (or brief forms), which number can go up to hundreds and even thousands. Learning just the basic set of symbols will do no good.

Just to sum it up, it’s worth saying that every action in this world provides its benefits but also has its cost. Shorthand can be a valuable tool, but learning it can take a significant amount of time and effort. If you would like to give it a try, consider all pros and cons, and decide for yourself, how much benefits you would get by mastering it. If you decide you need it, go for it. A great place to start would be the following excellent books:

Get Started in Shorthand: Pitman 2000  Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified  Teeline Fast
 Get Started in Shorthand: Pitman 2000  Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified  Teeline Fast

Till next time,
Val.

 

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Top Tips on Cursive Handwriting Practice

by Admin on March 21, 2013

Do you know what it takes to improve your handwriting? Well, this article is a presentation on some of the top tips that will guide you into practicing for a better and much improved handwriting. To begin with, it is essential to note that the tremendous advancement in computer technology has greatly affected or discouraged people from perfecting their handwriting skills. Today, everything can be done from the comfort of a computer keyboard but this does not in any way mean that you will never use your hand to draft something on paper! A good and attractive handwriting not only makes your work more appealing but also neat and easy to read. Here are general recommendations on cursive handwriting practice.

Set Goals for Your Cursive Handwriting Practice

Handwriting GoalsThe first thing you ought to do if you want to achieve an amazing handwriting is to set smart goals. Find samples of handwritten notes and set yourself a timeline through which you should have achieved the desired sample. Such goals can only lead to nothing but perfection. This also means that there would be no harm in looking for ideas from some of your friends who have a great handwriting. They will definitely offer you some important tips which could come in handy during your practice.

Start with Letters

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step thus it is quite sensible to practice writing the letters first until you are extremely comfortable creating the shapes associated with all the letters. It is important to use cursive writing either by practicing with your autograph, distinct words or even combining letters randomly to create an irregular sequence.

Consistency is the Key to Successful Cursive Handwriting Practice

Handwriting Practice ScheduleAlways remember that practice makes perfect. There is no point in starting to practice for amazing handwriting only to give up a few days later. At times the whole exercise can be quite boring especially when you are not making any positive progress. It takes numerous sessions of cursive handwriting practice to perfect your handwriting hence consistency is required. If possible, create a timetable or schedule which you will strictly follow as you look to practice on a daily basis. After few consistent sessions of cursive handwriting practice, you will be surprised how easy it is to achieve a better handwriting!

Practice on Body Posture

Proper Handwriting PostureCursive handwriting practice largely depends on your body posture especially the positioning of your upper back, elbows and arms among other body parts. Unless you are a highly experienced person, it would be near impossible to draft some notes in a good handwriting while sited on the floor or lying on your back. It is important to make yourself comfortable and position your hands in such a way that you can write without any form of distraction. Learn from some of your colleagues who have a great handwriting how they position themselves when writing. Having said this, it does not necessarily mean that you have to emulate everything such colleagues do; try to be unique and create your own style. It might even result into a wonderful handwriting which will amaze everyone!

Use Different Mediums

Handwriting MediumsDifferent mediums of writing have a varying contribution to the general outlook of your handwriting. For instance, using a pencil during practice may not produce similar results as using a fountain pen. Someone is considered to have a great handwriting when they can produce the same kind of writing irrespective of the type and quality of medium used. That said, it is essential to use handwriting practice sheets as they will put you on a better position to achieve your goals. Preferably, find a good source from where you can acquire some of the best writing mediums like pens, pencils and practice sheets.

Review Your Progress

Handwriting Improvement ProgressYour cursive handwriting practice needs periodic checks to review your progress. This review seeks to establish whether you are on the right course towards fulfilling your set goals and analyzes your strong and weak points which can then be used to address any of your shortcomings. If you find that you are on the right course towards perfection, do not stop on the assumption that you have made it; continue practicing till perfection is reached. This is quite recommendable when you are practicing to better your handwriting without the services of a professional trainer.

That is all you need to know to get started with cursive handwriting practice. Stay with me for further updates!

 

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How to Improve Handwriting

February 12, 2013

Since you have found this post I suspect you might already have decided to improve handwriting. Despite the fact that recent advances in technology have made penmanship close to obsolete, there are still valid reasons for having amazing handwriting. I’ll give you some to choose from if you have not decided yet: It’s still not [...]

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Common Handwriting Styles

February 7, 2013

Last time we have started discussing what amazing handwriting is and why one would want to achieve it. Let’s now focus on the subject of handwriting styles which is essential for developing and improving your own handwriting. There are thousands and thousands of different handwriting styles that appeared through the ages. In fact, each person [...]

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Find Your Way to Amazing Handwriting

February 4, 2013

Hi folks! I’ve created this web site to help men and women striving for better handwriting. The wish to improve handwriting is quite common, so if you are one of them, there are ways to help you. Most of my life I was doing the common print writing, and just recently, while going through hard [...]

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