In today's technology-driven world I feel that simple old school traditions are easily forgotten. We take a lot of things for granted and the value of having skills constantly depreciates as technology takes over and makes everything "effortless". Whilst this may ease up our lives and give us more leisure time, we are also missing out on the experience of learning and being human.
When I was growing up there was no Facebook, touch phones or apps. Our definition of hanging out with friends was causing accidental mischief, doing arty stuff and using our imagination to play adventure games in the backyard. Being the nerd I am, one of my favourite past times was to copy the alphabet out of The Lettering Book. (80's kids should remember this book!)
Little did I know that this book would pave the way to my appreciation of typography and the art of handwriting. There are literally millions of digital typefaces out there. Some exceptionally perfect and some downright horrible (I'm looking at you Papyrus.) If you are reading this, please for the sake of all things beautiful do not use this font in your branding. Or in anything at all. Despite the range of digital typefaces available, nothing compares to handwritten words.
Novi from Love La Riré in Perth, Australia combines art with typography to create amazing chalkboard displays. Her work carries a beautiful raw feel and is reminiscent of old school simplicity. The irony is that there is actually a whole lot of detail in the work she produces. No matter how advanced technology gets today, it can never replace the elegance and unadorned beauty of human skill and talent.
Check out the rest of Novi's freehand chalkboards on Instagram: @novi_sjahrir
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