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TFG– ¿POR QUÉ LOS NIÑOS DE LAS ESCUELAS CATALANAS APRENDEN A ESCRIBIR CON LETRA MAYÚSCULA DE PALO SECO? 

(Why kids in primary schools learn to write in sans serif capital letters?)

 

 Dissertation under the last Bolonia Process. It was about why kids of our schools are now learning to write in sans serif capital letters. Perhaps at first looks a question for nostalgic writers but if we go deeper in it involves a great number of serious topics. History starts a whole different era as soon as writing started making possible to communicate & traspass knowledge to other generations, from the letter carving to the technological devices there is a long way, it’s hard to think that 30 years of technologic invention can beat more than two millenniums oh human gesture. 

Barcelona– 2014 / 15

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ABOUT THIS TFG.

It also involves schooling, the idea and evolution of school, the alphabetization of our kids, the laws around and about it. There was a research about different pedagogic systems that are currently applied in Catalunya, there were interviews to one professional/teacher of each pedagogy to explain how is the process of reading & writing for their pedagogy. I could also get in touch with children publishers who would happily agree and proof what is happening as they reply to the demands of their customers. 

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There was also consultations & interviews to the “letter technicians” such us calligraphers as Oriol Miró and Iván Castro had their very clear position, also graphologists as Irene Boronat, who kindly explained how much we leave or our personal charasteristics in each one of the strokes we write. Also I was lucky to have the great typographer Josema Urós, who designed the font “Memimas” which replicates the letters made by children, soft, cursive and rounded. 

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With all of this and a extensive research I did try to achieve as much as possible a 360 degree approach on the matter. I did arrive to some extensive conclusions, a big one shocking specially for design or type communities and to anyone that would have a bit of interest. It is only focused in Catalunya due to the short timing but it is open to whoever who would be interested to know or work on the subject, there is a lot to do. 

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