WHAT THAT COMES DOWN TO,
IS WHAT TYPE,
When I interview people, prospective employees, client and team interviews,
I watch for handwriting.
How does a person sign their name,
how do they take notes, how do they hold a pen?
Everything tells a story.
In watching anyone, anything, a story emerges —
if you know how to tell stories,
you know that
a story emerges in a gesture, the line of a pen, a touch of a finger on writing instrument.
It’s a type.
When I think on the storytelling of a person,
they all come from the whole of a person —
everything tells a story to the watchful.
Handwriting is energy, released.
When I teach calligraphy I offer the dance of the pen, catalyzed in the electrical flow of
the movement in
curved and curling,
looped and ringed,
rippling as a holistic illustration —
the shining of an idea.
Design is a signing, a sign, a sigil and signal.
It’s design magic.
Talismanic, protective and defining.
Psychical mapping, drawn.
And it might be said, in living, any person is a designer —
designing the mapping of their journey,
the cartography of being.
Design is about making a sign.
You are a sign and
your signature is its telling.
Watching wholly, you can see into the storytelling of calligraphy.
Draw a stroke, the story, the energy flows out of you.
[Photo, Laurel Check, GIRVIN SEATTLE]
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