The Lost Art of Handwritten Communication
The Lost Art of Handwritten Communication is a coffee table book designed as my senior thesis project at Parsons School of Design. The book is created with letters and drawings collected from random people to highlight the importance of handwritten notes and how they've become obsolete in today's digital world, despite being one of the most personalized and creative forms of communication.
For this project, I mailed question cards to 100 random addresses. I also posted over 100 question cards with envelopes to collect responses around my neighborhood. The cards asked simple, positive questions such as, "What made you smile today?" to intrigue people and inspire them to participate.
In return, I received 150 cards with thoughtful responses to my questions. These included personal stories, drawings, doodles, or simply one word. The responses demonstrate that handwriting is a creative and personal way to engage people in communication. In addition to being an important form of expression, handwriting has also been scientifically proven to enhance brain development and to make people happier.
Initial Postcard Designs:
Preliminary Research Zine:
End paper pattern, created with locations written by participants:
Select book spreads: