Posted in communication and networking, literature

Computer-aided chicken scratch

Thanks to the gang over at GeekDad, I was introduced to a cool FREE program called Your Fonts. Your Fonts allows the user to turn their own handwriting into a font that they can then use on most writing programs.

You need a printer and a scanner. You simply print out their template, write your letters, and then scan it back onto your computer as a .jpeg, .tiff, or whatever, and upload it into their system. I uploaded my own handwriting, and was amazed by how smooth the upload result was; it knicked part of my “a” because it must have been too close to the edge of the box or something like that, but otherwise was flawless in its capture. I am now able to write letters to people in my own handwriting and be BARELY more legible.

This is a fun, technology-enabled way of expressing yourself both creatively and through literature. You could even invent your own alphabet if you wanted to. This would also be a great way to capture your child’s kindergarten-level letters, or some of the beautiful penmanship that still exists among the older generations that actually had to study penmanship. Quite a difference compared to today’s generation who knows the “txt”ing version of a word’s spelling better than the traditional spelling of the word. I’m sure there are more tech-savy folks who could come up with all sorts of applications for this (texting friends in your own handwriting, perhaps?).

I meant to bring a sample to show you all, but obviously didn’t, so I will see if I can post one later today.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.