Design: Reforming with Zigs and Zags

Calligraphy may be the cure for sloppy handwriting

Now that calligraphy, the art of formal handwriting, has become a popular hobby, enthusiasts are sharpening their pens to improve the atrocious scrawling of the rest of us. It will be a mighty task. In America, writing is the most neglected of the three Rs.

The basic problem is that the letter forms taught were not designed to accomplish the necessary combination of legibility, speed and ease. At the start, schools require five-and six-year-olds to construct an alphabet out of circles and straight lines. Calligraphers...

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