Handwriting is an endangered species. But it’s not gone yet, and nostalgia might be the thing that keeps it around.
Despite the dominance of emailed thank-yous, sepia-hued Instagrams of curlicued notes are beginning to pepper the accounts of trendsetters like Oscar de la Renta communications director Erika Bearman, aka @OscarPRGirl, and handwritten correspondence-based blogs like Letters of Note and FOUND magazine.
FOUND founder Davy Rothbart said the notes he gathers tell two stories: one that’s written and one in the penmanship. A particular favorite, a boy’s letter to his estranged father, gets messier and deeper-grooved as emotions peak. Having to decipher the words, Rothbart said, makes you feel the boy’s frustration.
“[Handwriting] tells you everything,” he said. “It gives me an immediate feel for who the author is and what state of mind they were in when they wrote it. You can see their energy and their emotions.”