Hand writing is almost like a form of art on its own. Each and every individual has his/her own style of writing and one’s handwriting is very difficult if not impossible to copy. The modern technology with most text typed instead of hand written, this art form is on the verge of extinction. Well perhaps not that bad, but I can see that hand writing is losing importance by the day with more and more schools, even elementary ones are furnishing their students with notebooks. Personally I only own one pen, a space pen which I got as a gift when I was a kid. Yes, it’s one of those pens that works in space due to the pressurized ink capsule. That said, all my notes are in my iPhone or Mac and the only papers I see are the ones I have to sign. But for me it’s been just natural. I guess it’s a good thing people can read my text typed instead of being hand written. I’m not a doctor just yet, but I sure have doctor’s hand writing. Oh the irony, I was still told back in university that I won’t pass the exams because of my hand writing. Few years later I’m a published author and doing my PhD, and my hand writing is still as horrible if not worse than before.
So with more and more Taavis with bad hand writing and tendency to type down notes and other text, what will come of hand writing? Fortunately there are those who still treasure the old ways. Cameroon born artist Bili Bidjocka and his Ecriture Infinie / Infinite Writing project that was first introduced back at Tokyo’s Mori Art has traveled across the world and left huge books with empty pages behind. These pages are not destined to remain empty but to be signed and filled by people from all over the world thus keeping this tradition alive and kicking. Check out the below video for more information. Pretty cool I must say. Rather inspirational. So inspirational that I might have to pick up an actual notebook just to see what I can do with it.
See what I mean?
Then again… perhaps writing (hand writing) is just evolving. Pens and papers are changing into touch screen interfaces and styluses. Who knows? One thing I’m pretty sure of, there will be demand for traditional pens and papers for many generations to come.