Friday, September 14, 2012

Writing with style

Goya's signature appears on this note
The closest I seem to be able to get to handwriting these days is to choose a calligraphic font; if I try to write a note or card manually, it usually involves a lot of frustration and scratching out. Our current promotion, "Rediscover Penmanship" is an encouraging spur toward doing better about sending notes in one's own hand. We forget how personal and visceral writing is, especially with good implements. Below are some samples of authors' and artists' signatures, as well a group of typefaces made out of the latter.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and St. Exupery are the only ones difficult to decipher.













15 comments:

  1. Of the writers, I particular like the signatures of Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman and Rainer Maria Rilke. Very elegant. My own signature has never been much more than my name in cursive.

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  2. There's something about a signature that I just love...you may have the same name as someone, but a signature is all your own. I don't understand the people that just write a squiggly line and call it a day!

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  3. Love Sylvia Plath's signature!

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  4. Endless Rocking CradleSeptember 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Walt Whitman and Sylvia Plath are definitely my favorite signatures.
    Remember what Whitman said, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.”

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    1. Good quote, Endless. Walt Whitman is also my favorite of the signatures. His and Fitzgerald's, obviously. So high class. Tolkien's is pretty cool too. Capote's looks like a 5-year-old wrote it.

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    2. Tolkien's just looks like someone who would write about a place called Middle Earth.

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  5. Whatever perfection of spelling or of format is possible through the word processor, you cannot convince me it is as warm as the hand racing across a cream-colored sea, leaving a wake of thoughts.

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    1. You would have made a great copywriter (or poet).

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  6. Always been a fan of Hemingways signature. Observation, Oscar Wilde's signature is super sloppy.

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  7. Walt Whitman's signature is indeed magical for some reason. Shame on you, Mr. Klimt:) So uninspired for such a brilliant mind... I wonder if children are still learning how to do this!!

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  8. I believe my faves are Tolkien, Lovecraft, and perhaps Rosa Bonheur and Frida Kahlo.

    Huxley's hand is a sloppy slop also, Tastes!!

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  9. I like Walt Whitman's as well. I also like Miro's. This makes me want to change my own signature...to make it cool looking. There's quite a few that I can't even make out though.

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