Handwriting – What does it say about you?

National Handwriting Day

Graphologist claim that your handwriting holds information about your personality. Although this cannot be scientifically proven, I’m sure that we can all imagine what worried or excited handwriting looks like.

Handwriting can change with mood, circumstance or even time of the day. To celebrate National Hand Writing Day on the 23rd January, Liven Creative explains how a Graphologist analyses an individuals handwriting.

Pressure
The amount of pressure when writing can be an indicator of emotional stability. High pressure means high emotional energy, the writer may be intense, sensual or vigorous. Average pressure, a relatively calm but anchored person with good perception or memory skills. Light pressure is a sign of introversion, or someone who prefers low energy situations.

Another opinion is that heavy pressure indicates good health and a forceful nature, whilst light pressure suggests the person is physically weak.

Slants
Writing, especially cursive writing, tends to slant to the left or right. This feature gives insights into a person’s sociability. A right slant suggest the writer is eager to write, or writing quickly and energetically. If this happens often, the writer might be assertive, confident and outgoing. A left slant could mean an unwillingness to write, or a desire to hide emotions. Some say these writers are shy and less cooperative than people who slant to the right. No slant or straight characters suggests that the writer is independent and their emotions are in check. This theory is reversed for lefties.

Baseline
The slope of the baseline is influenced by a person’s mood at the time he or she is writing. An upward slant when writing is said to show optimism, energy and a happy mood, whereas a downward slope may be a sign of discouragement, worry or lack of confidence. A horizontal baseline indicates a reliable and self-controlled mood, whereas a wavy baseline that moves up and down suggests an unstable or uncertain person.

Capital Letters
Analysing how capital letters appear in relation to the other characters gives insight into how someone views themselves. Very large capital letters tend to suggest that a person is dishonest or arrogant. On the flip side small capital letters suggest that the writer is humble.

How does the writer string letters together?
The connections between cursive letters are a rich source of analysis, since there are so many possible variations. Graphologists rarely agree on these, but here are a few common interpretations. If all the letters are connected this suggests a rational and logical manner. If some of the characters are connected this suggest an intuitive and imaginative individual and if no connection this suggests that the person in not always practical.

It could be argued, just like handwriting, fonts have personalities and as designers our role is to choose an appropriate typeface which address the challenges and the personality of the brief. Just as a Graphologist might analysis handwriting using these techniques we are Liven Creative do something similar when creating identities and always consider the personality of brand we are creating. View examples here.

Liven Creative is an integrated creative agency based in Surrey. Working with client in Surrey, Home Counties and London we provide, branding, printed communications and digital services.

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James Glass

An accomplished brand expert, I believe passionately in the integral role that effective design can play in solving business challenges. My approach when working with clients centres predominantly on strategic account planning and direction: listening, distilling critical information and providing innovative and commercially viable solutions which represent a client’s core values and unique strengths to ultimately address the challenges they face.