Notes on the History of Writing
In this talk, we'll be looking at how handwriting has evolved down the centuries. Ever since Arrighi’s La Operina was published in Rome exactly 500 years ago, formal calligraphy has provided printed models for millions of adults and children. We shall be looking at how ’the masses’ developed their own handwriting from those models. People of all classes were proud of their handwriting which really was 'everybody’s art’. Since Arrighi and the other Renaissance masters, the stylistic changes in handwriting have been continuous because of the need to write quickly and the influence of new artistic trends; but even more significant have been the changes in writing tools, from quills to pointed steel nibs to biros and markers. But what about today, with our smartphones and emojis – and hundreds of handwriting fonts? Is there a future for handwriting?
The Herb Lubalin Lectures are recorded and made available here and on Vimeo with the generous support of TypeCulture.