Friday, May 3, 2013

Freud's Handwriting Becomes Digital Font

The good doctor's handwriting will soon be digitized
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Huffington Post

Link to article:
Kickstarter Project Turns Sigmund Freud's Handwriting Into a Computer Font

Some Kickstarter projects get funding because people think they will be financially successful.  And then there are those that are just interesting ideas, whether or not they will ever make a penny.  A recent fascinating Kickstarter proposal to use the handwriting from eight documents penned by Sigmund Freud to create a script font that users can download to their computers struck a sweet spot with investors, and soon raised $16,000, far above its $1500 budget.

Excerpt: "Entitled, 'Sigmund Freud Typeface - A Letter to your Shrink,' a Kickstarter project, aims to turn the esteemed twentieth-century psychoanalyst's handwriting into a computer typeface that would allow for digital letter writing.

Many articles have questioned whether handwritten letters are a thing of the past, given the prominence of the computer, iPhone, and the like. Indeed, most people probably can't even recall the last time they received a real letter, if ever. Their mail is mainly composed of bills, spam mail, magazine subscriptions, and the occasional birthday or thank you card. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks captured this lack-of-real-mail generation best in You've Got Mail, a movie where two strangers fell in love from 'mail' received -- the mail here coming in the form of instant messages over the Internet.

This project gives people the convenience afforded by the computer while maintaining the romantic nostalgia, beauty, and character of letter writing with real handwriting.

German typographer Harald Geisler writes in his Kickstarter page that he was inspired after discovering Freud's letters and pictured someone writing a letter to their shrink in his handwriting.

In addition to the beauty, Geisler shows you can tell a lot about someone from their handwriting.
'When one looks at handwriting one remembers the movement that is performed in the execution.... Look at the samples of Sigmund Freud's scientific papers and you feels the strength and decisiveness he expresses, whereas when you look at Einsteins papers you could see the speed in his writing that seems to be already hasting to the next page in his mind.'
He admits that nothing beats receiving a letter where you know your loved one's pen actually touched the paper. The electronic version, he says, is the next best alternative."

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