Modern Day Snail Mail
by Cristina Vanko

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Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

Graphic designer Cristina Vanko has been writing out all the SMS messages she sends by hand with a calligraphy pen.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

Calling the project Modern Day Snail Mail, Cristina Vanko began to answer friends' text messages with photographs of handwritten replies after finding her father's old calligraphy pen.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

"Basically, calligraphy is something that people just don't get enough of today," Vanko said in a post about the project on her blog, explaining that the soft gold tip of the pen allows for different thicknesses of stroke.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

"The harder you press down on the pen's nib, the thicker the line. When less pressure is given, the thinner the line," she explained.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

"I quickly began creating illustrious letterforms with the perfect balance of thick and thin strokes," she continued. "I wrote out the alphabet, popular phrases, curse words (that looked beautiful might I add) and then I sent doodle-filled text messages to a couple of my design-y friends notifying them about the magic of this pen."

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

"After texting some doodles, I decided to send handwritten messages to people for that next week," she said.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

Some friends responded with their own hand-written messages and the designer concluded that "people feel more 'special' when they received handwritten messages."

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

She also noted that accuracy in spelling and grammar matter much more in a handwritten note and that modern culture relies heavily on emoticons for communication.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

Cristina Vanko graduated in graphic design and Spanish from Indiana University in 2011 and now works as a multidisciplinary designer in Chicago.

Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

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Modern Day Snail Mail calligraphy text messages by Cristina Vanko

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  • earth to matilda

    I love this, great initiative.

    • Concerned Citizen

      Learning to write is initiative?

      • earthtomatilda

        Sulking is commenting? Hehe, the initiative is not writing but taking pictures of purposeful writing instead of SMS. Shoo! go back to your corner.

  • Ste

    Who uses hashtags in a message?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Sorry to shoot so far above your head. Photocopying is the same as taking pictures. I can’t dumb it down any further than that. It’s not a sweet idea – it’s an old topic, going back to the days of monks copying the Bible.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Like I said, I don’t know how to dumb it down any further.