Is cursive writing dead?

School boards across the U.S. and Canada have recently decided to remove cursive writing from their curriculum – for good. In an age of computers and texting, it was decided that the skill of penmanship is just not required. So it is only a matter of time before an entire generation of adults do not even know what “cursive” writing means. Could it end up being confused with curse-writing… like F&C% and #@%^??

How will you sign your John Hancock? Gone will be that identifying and unique signature you could proudly put on contracts, passports, and legal documents.

I recently read an article where a father took his 14-year old son to get his first passport. The father quickly realized that the boy didn’t understand what “place your signature” meant. The father was shocked and had no idea his son didn’t know how to do this. He ended up telling the boy to print the letters of his name really close together and then join the letters at the bottom.

I remember practicing and practicing my grown-up signature in high school. And thinking it was cool when I’d refined it down to my own scribble.  I also had to re-learn new signatures after a first and second marriage. That in itself was a right of passage of sorts (and slowed my speed down considerably!)  Will the future bride and groom carefully print their name on their wedding licence? Doesn’t seem legit, does it?

So what’s the ripple effect of this anyway? If you are not taught to write cursive, you cannot read it either, right? How does that affect the future world of design? Specifically, logo design? Let’s take a look at some famous cursive logos through the years:


















Lovely aren’t they?   Enjoy them while they last! 

Note to ponder:  While doing this research, I read quite a few times that cursive WILL continue to be taught in private schools.  Now that’s a whole notha’ story….


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