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01 June 2013

Sign You Must, Method No Matter

Weary I am of signing my name for credit card authorizations. Unnecessary I feel for employing cursory handwriting with the single purpose of inscribing my name upon a confirming document. Boycott signing my legal name on paper documents perhaps. Inspired I am by Yoda, for reasons unbeknownst. Realign syntactical structure Yoda does, so realign the process of signing documents I mimic. This is my signature on a pledge to no longer inscribe my signature upon confirmations, validations, agreements, etc. In the words of T. Swift, standard signatures and I are never ever getting back together. Like ever.

Before the days when literacy was expected as commonplace, a large majority of illiterate individuals, upon signing a document, would inscribe their approval via the drawing of a single X in the signature field. While the anonymous X drawn was incredibly vague and looked akin to an X drawn by anyone else, the simple action of pressing pen to paper was seen as a binding statement of agreement. A paper contract could be brought back in times of dispute and the signature X, regardless of literature recognition, would still bind the signer to the agreement.

As literacy has become mainstream in first world nations, a customized signature pattern has developed, taking the notorious X a step further--inscribing one's name in swirling cursory handwriting. However, as increasingly more transactions are occurring online and e-signatures can take precedence, the value of these signatures lessens and focus ties back to the illiterate roots. Considering e-signatures take on a standardized look--via default text font--the actual look of a signature depreciates, regardless of its presence on a screen or paper. When the focus drops from a visual standpoint and back to the true emphasis on the action of signing, one can truly be freed from writing cursory signatures. One can draw a picture, dash a line, or simply scribble a dot.

To emphasize my belief in this slight societal/habit shift, I have adopted a new signature on all documents, receipts, formal agreements, etc. Instead of my cursive name, I now draw a cow. A simple circle and line drawing of a small cow. While this may take slightly longer than drawing a line or scribbling a name, it embodies the full extent of what a signature should be--a personal symbol of bonding. A cow picture can be unique as the slight extra effort to inscribe it makes it more personal and meaningful.

So let cows graze in signature fields.

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