Humans have been writing for over 5,000 years. From cuneiform and hieroglyphics to medieval manuscripts, our race has a long and storied love affair with the written word. But it wasn’t until 1440 AD that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and in turn, the first font. We’ve come a long way since the Renaissance, but written communication isn’t done evolving. In fact, one revolutionary form of writing is changing the way millions connect—digital handwriting. But what is digital handwriting and why is it unique?
What’s the difference between digital handwriting and fonts?
So what exactly is digital handwriting? When most people hear the term “digital handwriting” they picture cursive fonts. It’s easy to understand why. Open Microsoft Word or Google Drive and you’ll discover a wide variety of font styles. These options aren’t just available in writing programs. Editing apps like Canva make creating things like amateur web banners and social media graphics easy. As more people design and share graphics and documents, we’re exposed to more unique fonts on a daily basis.