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Does Your Signature Match Your Handwriting?

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#1 duboing



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 20:46

I developed my signature at a time when my writing was a lot like my mum's - upright, bold and rather dramatic. Since then, my handwriting has become rather more like my dad's was - forward-sloping, neat and controlled. Has your signature kept pace as your handwriting has evolved?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 21:10

My signature changes day to day...perhaps I should fix that :embarrassed_smile:
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 21:18

My signature is as illegible today as it was 10 years ago.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 21:28

Nope... it declined after buying a house...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:39

Absolutely. Unreadable, a bit scruffy and uniquely mine. What more could I want?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 22:43

Handwriting is bad.

Learned my method of signature from watching my family doctor write out so many prescriptions during a lengthy illness. So it's worse.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 23:42

Nope, my signature is basically a scribble from the days, as a teenager, I did not write, but now, because it's on all my ID I can't be bothered changing it. One thing to note however is.... it is quite easy to forge.......... hrmmmmmmmm :hmm1:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 00:13

My signature is actually readable, and basically very close to my normal handwriting.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 00:26

I have never differentiated between handwriting and my signature. I suppose you could say I write my signature such that it is always evolving with my handwriting. Interesting question.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:02

Fairly similar with some specific differences unique to it, that I don't use in my normal handwriting.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:13

Since I mostly print :embarrassed_smile: my signature is way different. I'm hoping to try to do something about the former (New Year's Resolution!); we'll see if the signature evolves as well (this may, however, turn out be an issue as I'm currently a backup signatory on an account for a sub-part of a non-profit :headsmack:).
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:40

I actually consciously worked on my signature back after I got out of school. Even now, I keep tweaking it ever so often when I see something I don't like or want to slightly improve.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:48

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:56

My signature is as illegible today as it was 10 years ago.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:46

My signature is as illegible today as it was 10 years ago.


For everything other than signature, I print.

Not to derail the thread, but don't you find it difficult to use a fountain pen w/o almost wanting to switch to, for lack of better descriptor, a "prettier" way of writing, like cursive or something? I'm the same way, always printing things, but since I've started using FPs I find myself just automatically starting to write in cursive again.

Edited by Harlequin, 08 January 2013 - 04:51.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:26

Impossible to forge, impossible to read, and the only thing that I write in cursive that looks good!
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:44

When I was in middle school, I took a calligraphy class; at that time, my handwriting was tightly-packed, with tall capitals, and with a slope of about forty-five degrees. Shortly afterward, I found that I'd fallen in love with some of the scripts I'd learned. I adopted an italic handwriting for a semi-connected print, and made a fully-connected cursive out of a mix of Carolingian and an English Batarde (blackletter cursive), with slight modernizations (and a few affectations of my own). That cursive managed to be quite legible even when I was writing quickly and sloppily, and was quite distinctive. At some point by the time I was in high school, I'd settled on a signature using that cursive, though it continued simplifying over the course of several years. It has since stabilized into a fairly consistent three lines: first letter of my middle name, a shape that roughly outlines the rest of my middle name, and a single squiggle that vaguely resembles the totality of my last name.

I decided a few months ago to change my signature to reflect my current handwriting. Though I've (re)learned cursive, I don't use it, and do not like my attempts to create a signature with it (and my cursive changes wildly depending on what nib is on my pen!), so I've constructed a signature based on my Italic handwriting that is sufficiently pleasing. Put it in my new passport a few weeks ago, and over the next several months, I need to go to my bank so that they know that this new signature is not a surprise if they pay attention.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 13:59

I always liked my dad's signature, a kind of drawing of his initials, joined in a few swirls and curls. When I was little, he created a signature drawing with my initials. I thought it was great to have my own signature, and I've kept it ever since, pretty much unchanged.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 14:00

Back when I was about fourteen I used to write cursive, very illegibly. That was the stage of my life when I developed my signature. Since that time I stopped writing cursive, then stopped writing all together when I started typing everything. My signature was often the only thing I would write and was the on
Y thing I would write in cursive. My signature got to the point that it was just a squiggly line. Now that I am writing a lot more, taking pride in my hand writing, and learning cursive I want to improve my signature. But the squiggly line is on all my documents, licences, passport, I.D.s and so is really difficult to change.

My plan is to write both my new improved signature and my squiggly line on all new documents. Then some time in the future drop the squiggly line.
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