I hate signatures (the writing ones)

  1. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 6,949
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    I hate having to sign my name!! Why? I don't have the ability to consistently sign something in a nearly identical way. Right now I'm signing the publication copy of my thesis and I've printed up 6 copies of the page that I need to sign my name on just because I know I'm not going to be satisfied with how I sign my name. Does anyone else have this annoying problem? Am I just slightly (read: very) OCD?

    I mean, it's freaken important. Millions of people will see this thesis and the most important part will be the part where I signed my name authorizing the university to reproduce my thesis without first getting my permission. What if my signature looks all HERP DERP.

    Does anyone else hate signing things because of this? Seriously, one time a year ago or so, and I don't remember what I was signing, but I literally got like 2 sheets of paper, wrote my signature like 20 times on a sheet of paper until I had one that was good enough to scan and attach to an MS Word document to send to wherever the hell it was meant to go. Then everyone I know around me writes their signature like freaken pros. Tomorrow I'm going to ask my adviser to sign off and I guarantee he'll make a perfect signature that will annoy me to no end.

    Then there's my department chair whose signature looks like he just drew a random line on the paper. That's pimp.
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  3. rhody

    rhody 710
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    I don't think you are slightly OCD. Having said that, if you want the perfect signature every time. Create the signature using an expensive quill pen. Then, buy a stamp kit that allows you to capture it. Once created, you will have an instantly recognizable signature that is consistent and high quality.

    BTW. I had to look up HERP DERP to find its true meaning.

    Rhody... o:)
  4. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 6,949
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    Rhody, you're pimp.
  5. fluidistic

    fluidistic 3,336
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    If it's not too much asked Peng, may I have an autograph?
  6. Astronuc

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    I never write my signature the same way, and it looks like scribble. That's one reason I made a gif file of my signature, as well as the fact that most writing is down in a word processor which is then converted to pdf.
  7. jtbell

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    My signature on paper looks halfway decent and is fairly consistent. I still have to sign checks, credit-card slips, etc. a few times a month, so I get some practice.

    What I really hate are those things where you sign for a credit-card purchase using a stylus on a touch screen. It never feels the same as pen on paper, so my signature looks very different that way. The worst ones are at Best Buy. I can't rest my hand properly on them, and the angle is wrong, so my signature comes out looking like a first-grader's scrawl. :yuck:
  8. Monique

    Monique 4,445
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    I love signing my name, sometimes I even get compliments on my autograph. And no, I am not giving anyone a copy :biggrin:
  9. lisab

    Staff: Mentor

    Sometimes, there is one recognizable letter in my sig.
  10. Astronuc

    Staff: Mentor

    I have the same problem and same strong dislike of electronic signature devices.
  11. FlexGunship

    FlexGunship 727
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    I wouldn't overestimate your thesal-exposure here. I'm genuinely interested and I'm probably not going to read it.

    As a side note, I INTENTIONALLY sign my name absurdly at times. John Hargrave pioneered the method, and I've completely adopted it. Enjoy each opportunity to totally f**k up your own signature.

  12. Dembadon

    Dembadon 666
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    I've never looked and someone's signature and inferred anything, either good or bad, about that person. I think you're making a much bigger deal out of this than is necessary.

    That said, I don't try very hard to make my signature look identical every time I provide it and it has never been an issue, nor have I heard it being an issue for anyone I know.
  13. It could be that those stubby penguin flippers are what is causing the inconsistency :-) You may need a custom pen.
  14. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    I have a very long name. My ex gave me a hint to stylize it so it kind of looks like there are letters but there really aren't it's just a swervy line. It took some practice to get it down, but it looks good and is a breeze now. Unfortunately, Evo Child quickly learned it and you can't tell them apart. Her signature has also been changed to a stylized version.

    We both created very simple stylized signatures, but a stylized signature becomes a tiny work of art.

    Dang, there are papers on signatures. There is a sample of a very extravagent stylized signature.


    Here's another fancy one.

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  15. Dembadon

    Dembadon 666
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  16. turbo

    turbo 7,063
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    My signature looks like a scrawl, with the first letter of my first, middle, and last name about the only semi recognizable characters. It started back in the mid-70's when I worked my way up through several positions on a multi-year apartment complex. I had to sign off on a lot of reports, requests for payment, and other paperwork, and I was really busy doing lots of other stuff, like making inspections, verifying levels of completeness of the apartment buildings, etc. I had the president's executive assistant on the phone one day, and she commented "Wow, you have a *real* signature." It's pretty distinctive, so I guess that was one more security feature on my reports, in her eyes.

    And yes, my distinctive scrawl is very hard to reproduce on those CC swipe pads with the slippery plastic stylus "pens". I hate those things. Luckily, about the only place I go with a CC is a garden shop, lumber yard or other outdoor location. Even worse is the little electronic pads that delivery drivers carry around. It doesn't matter if they hold it for me or I hold it myself to sign on - the result is always a mess.
  17. FlexGunship

    FlexGunship 727
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  18. Hmm mines definitely the bottom one.

    It's slightly changed since I signed this (cropped it out of a digital art I did back in highschool)

    Lol, and why the 5pi/3 hmm
  19. Your last name is 5pi/3? Nice!
  20. FlexGunship

    FlexGunship 727
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    It was an Ellis Island thing... my great-grandfather's real last name was "300o."
  21. i've lost the ability to care. my sig gets worse every time. i blame these damn machines that capture it digitally, they just don't have the same feel of paper. that, and just the general impatience of this society, with everyone in a hurry to get back home to watch some godawful "reality" show.
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