Learning to Write

Even though most of us spend the majority of our day banging away at keyboards, there’s nothing quite like a handwritten note. We seem to be far removed from the time when that ornamental penmanship, now reserved for weddings, was once a common characteristic of an educated individual. But even if most of us can’t write with those elaborate flourishes, we can see have a little piece of flourish design – named for the elaborate flourishes of pen. Flourishes have become a popular design motif for everything from tattoos to pillows.

The link between handwriting and individuality is a modern one. A second modern assumption is that reading and writing are intrinsically connected. For 17th century Americans, the two skills were completely divorced. Children learned to read first by memorizing letters, then syllables and finally complete words. The end result was the ability to read the printed word but not to write and not to read handwriting. Nearly everyone would learn to read, but only the educated few would learn to write.

Thanks to Design*Sponge for Article.

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