Graphonomics is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field towards the scientific analysis of the handwriting and signature process and other graphic skills. It denotes the scientific and technological effort involved in identifying relationships between the planning and generation of handwriting and
drawing movements, the resulting spatial traces of writing and drawing instruments (either conventional or electronic), and the dynamic features of these traces.
This term was coined in the first international conference regarding graphonomics held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in July 1982, while in the next conference the International Graphonomics Society was created.
Some research topics in graphonomics include:
- Handwriting regeneration – the simulated production of a given recording of handwriting movement.
- Handwriting generation – the process of producing handwriting movements.
- Handwriting production fluency – the means of measurement of the ability of handwriting in the integral of the absolute of the acceleration signal (velocity peaks), or alternatively the absolute of the integral of the jerk time function.
- Forensic handwriting analysis – while Graphonomics is not part of the Forensic Document Examination, these two fields have some common points, esp. regarding the comparison and analysis of electronic signatures etc.