How to Improve Your Handwriting

How to Improve Your Handwriting

Although we live in a digital age, writing by hand is still woven throughout our daily lives. You might scribble down a grocery list, take notes in an office meeting, or write your next big idea on the back of a napkin. If you (or anybody else) can’t read your handwriting, it can be an annoyance at best, and a roadblock at worst! Working to improve your handwriting means working to be a better communicator. And to top it all off, taking handwritten notes is superior to typing for memory and learning.

Why Improve Your Handwriting?

We all know communication is key to a successful business, a successful marriage, and of course, a successful life! People have a tough time getting through the world when they can’t communicate well.

Ink Factory uses visuals as a stronger and more engaging form of communication. But did you know that letters themselves are visuals too?

If you aren’t creating legible letters, then you aren’t doing it right! Legible (dare we say neat) handwriting is an awesome way to improve the way you communicate with your co-workers – and even yourself! (Have you ever been stumped by something you wrote on your calendar two weeks ago?)

And if you needed another reason to get off of your laptop and write by hand more often, it’s proven to increase creativity and help us learn.

The written word as we know it today stems from Pictography and Logograms. Ancient people used abstracted visual pictures to communicate ideas for trading goods, and those pictures later evolved to communicate sounds, which were put together to form words.

So next time you are about to write a letter…draw it instead!

The Best Ways to Improve Your Handwriting

When we train our new artists, we tell them to think about “drawing” letters instead of writing them. That helps them to be more conscious of the proper angles and shapes of each letter. But neat handwriting is more complicated than you might expect! There are a couple of other guidelines we have here at Ink Factory for achieving clean and legible handwriting.

No Ballpoint. Pens. Ever.

Ballpoint pens are banned at Ink Factory. Why? They create extremely thin, faint lines, and require more pressure on the page than a marker. When you’re writing for long periods of time, as fast as possible, you want a pen that’s going to give you the least amount of friction. That means a softer tip with more ink. We recommend a Paper Mate Flair pen for writing on a small scale. Flairs can create various thicknesses depending on the amount of pressure you apply to them, and they create a nice visible black line.

Match the size of your tools to the size of your canvas

If you’re using an office pen on a flip chart, no one is going to be able to read it. Make sure the thickness of your drawing tool is visible on the surface you’re writing on.

Writing in all caps will quickly improve your handwriting

If you browse through our graphic recordings, you’ll notice that 90% of the time we write in all capitals. That’s because capital letters are all the same height, which gives a cleaner and more legible look.

Pay attention to spacing

Proper spacing is crucial to keeping your text legible. Spacing between each letter, each word, and each line of text keeps letters from running together. Writing slow and steady will help keep spacing consistent.

Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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