We are losing some important forms of self-expression—handwriting and “artistic penmanship”.
Typefaces and the resulting digital fonts are wonderful, but fewer and fewer of us understand and appreciate typography with an underlying understanding and appreciation of refined handwriting and artistic penmanship.
I’m guessing that most typeface designers will tell you is that the shapes, styles, proportions, and placement they use are all influenced, substantially, by the study of the relationship of those characteristics in fine handwriting and penmanship.
To see what I mean, I point you to International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH). It is an excellent resource for helping you whet your pen…
The image above is from the May 1897 edition of the Penman’s Art Journal.