The arrival of modern technology means that handwriting is used less and less, and this development is likely to lead to us losing our ability to write. The motion of writing contributes to the motoric development of children and a written text is more easily remembered by its writer. Furthermore, we can read a lot out of the different handwritings, think of graphology but also recognition methods for computer technology.
We come across hardly any handwriting in digital media. There are a lot of handwriting fonts, that makes it more personal, but however it does remain a font, where every ‘a’ is identical to every other ‘a’. I investigated how the endless variation of handwriting could be applied in the digital area. My research has led to a new social network that revolves around handwriting. Writingboard is not only a good example of how variations could be visible in the digital area, and it will make communication far more personal and transparent. Moreover, the application can help to resolve the authenticity problem that the digital area is currently facing. By using the Writingboard, the movement and writing will be trained and therefore Writingboard can deliver a positive contribution to handwriting by keeping it alive.