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Monday, 8 June 2015

Oh, to write like Einstein...

Einstein and his handwriting courtesy of The Times newspaper
I have always been envious of people with  handwriting that flows along the page  symmetrically and is easy to read. My own handwriting has been the butt of so many jokes over the years and  sometimes I do struggle to read it myself. So I'm delighted to hear of  new software that mimics the  'elegant handwriting of Einstein' according to The Times newspaper  today.

The Einstein  font is the brainchild of German typographer Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse, (a dancer with a Harvard physics degree!)  It is based on samples of the great  physicist's handwriting taken from hundreds of notebooks, essays and letters.

The inventors wanted to see if  writing in Einstein's script could change a person's relationship with what they are writing or thinking. 'For example,' said Mr Geisler, 'when you wear something nice like a Prada shirt, your body language changes.' (Please wait while I go and buy a Prada shirt to test this theory.)

According to Miss Waterhouse 'Einstein was a thinker with both beautiful ideas and graceful penmanship.' She added 'The idea  of genius handwriting that everyone can use is deliberately wonderful and ironic.'

A fundraising campaign to pay for the development of the font has been hugely successful. Its  release is scheduled for the end of this year to celebrate the centenary of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

As for me - if I type using this amazing new font AND wear designer clothes at the same time - I'll be happy.



Carol Hedges said...

Sounds fascinating! I remember being taught to write, using double lines and a proper fountain pen. I also remember being smacked for holding it wrong - and the ''lefties'' in my class having to write with their right hands! Whenever I see examples of 'old' writing I am always amazed..such flowing script. I may download and try this font! Can only be an improvement!

Guernsey Girl said...

I'm SO glad you agree, Carol - I wasn't sure if anyone else felt the same!

kimmie stuckinscared said...

Interesting post. My handwriting (though I love to put pen to paper) is a mess. unless I slow down and concentrate on neatness, thus losing thoughts that bought me to the page in the first place.

I'd love to try out this font... I may have to hunt it down :)

Guernsey Girl said...

As soon as I track it down, I'll let you know kimmie stuckinscared! Thanks for stopping by my blog.