Series: Cultural History of the Signature – Part 4

Series: Cultural History of the Signature – Part 4
06 Aug 2019

The signature – its history, its cultural significance and its role in the digital age: enjoy a short cultural-historical excursion around the signature in our four-part series.

Previously …

Part 1: History
Part 2: Handwriting
Part 3: Types

Part 4 – Art

Whereas the electronic signature enables (legible) electronic doctors’ prescriptions, streamlines company workflows or makes banking transactions mobile, the handwritten signature is celebrating a renaissance on other platforms. As ornate calligraphy or artistically stylish hand lettering techniques, as they can be learned in workshops of artist Elke Wunsch, based in the Austrian city of Graz. “In recent years there has been a significant trend towards handmade items and handwriting”, says Elke Wunsch. “From my point of view, this is a reaction to our digital age striving for perfection. In the world of computers, tablets and cell phones, a handwritten artifact stands out thanks to its own unique charm and evokes an emotional experience in people. An individual’s own handwriting is becoming increasingly important!”

Handwriting as an artArtist Wunsch also finds that today the electronic and handwritten signature have equal legitimacy. Wherever procedures are streamlined and a “personal note” is inappropriate, signature expert Wunsch sees the electronic signature as having an advantage. Yet in business life as well, she recommends keeping a preference to handwriting from time to time: “Wherever you seek to reach people emotionally or express special appreciation, the handwritten signature is indispensable.”

Thus, on certain occasions, various companies contract her services for handwritten documents in calligraphy. A booming market that in a digital age has made it onto the chalkboards of gourmet restaurants. Elke Wunsch still considers the individual signature to be the most exciting, however. “Handwriting is something that makes us unique. Our own handwriting is always individual and authentic, emotional and asymmetrical. That is what makes it extraordinary, not unlike our own personal fingerprint.”

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