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Mastering the Art of Calligraphy

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Today, calligraphy is known as a design and execution of lettering that turn basic words into a creative visual of lines, curves, and strokes.

Not only is calligraphy now a passion for many art lovers but it is also an income opportunity for many. With the right execution calligraphic illustrations are a beauty. This art form can be illustrated on practically anything-product packaging, billboards, merchandise, signage, logos, and so much more.

If you love art, then learning calligraphy may come naturally. There are a lot of software that can aid you, there are online video tutorials, and self-study articles to help you get there. Here are a few quick steps to get you started.

Study the art
Like any visual art form, practice makes perfect. There is no degree needed to practice and learn this art. But taking a few formal study courses will definitely help you. Try to get your hands on software tools and even physical equipment like those broad tip pens and brushes and just keep your creativity flowing and practice lettering. In art, there are no boundaries. So just keep doodling, keep scribbling, go online and get inspiration from professional calligraphers, read art magazines, and just have fun with it.

In field of arts much is mastered through self-study and practice. Take the lead from experts, get guidance from professionals and then apply what you’ve learned and keep doing it.

Connect with other artists
Learning from your peers is another great way to improve your calligraphic skills and know-how. Exchange techniques with fellow artists, learn how they do their craft and share how you do yours. Being around people who are passionate about the same stuff as you are will not only inspire you but will also help your creativity flow.

Look up groups and clubs of calligraphers and connect with them. This is another great way to make sure you are updated on the latest styles, techniques, software, and tools on calligraphy. By joining clubs and groups you will also be able to more easily get possible job opportunities and income generating projects.

Set up your portfolio
Now that you’ve gained enough knowledge about calligraphy, and are well acquainted with other artists and calligraphers, it’s time to create your portfolio. A good portfolio of your best work will be your best ticket to landing projects or even a permanent job. Companies will always ask for your work samples and proof of past experiences in the field. So you need to be sure you have a creatively executed collection of your work.

Seek out job opportunities
With your knowledge, experience, and portfolio in hand you will have more confidence proactively seeking employment opportunities as a calligrapher. While you have a strong network and are a member of a club, it would be good to look out for opportunities to make money out of your skill.

Top 10 Design Trends In 2015

Monday, July 27th, 2015


In 2014 the use of big images and videos got increasingly more popular as the year went by. In 2015 we can expect this trend to continue. Mixing big images with scrolling effects, HTML5 videos or parallax effects to give eye candy and at the same time showcasing products, services or simply giving the wow factor.


3D software is getting easier to use as the years go by. Converting a simple shape to a 3D model takes mere seconds now. More and more 2D designers are finding software such as Adobe After Effects to be helpful when it comes to creating that extra “oomph” to make a website pop. Adobe After Effects offers a similar interface to Photoshop, which means learning how the actual program works can be done in a few days. Whether it comes to creating 3D presentation work or actual 3D design elements, this will definitely be a trend to stay in 2015.


User-Experience is on a roll in the last few years. More and more designers are finding out how crucial it is to plan a site thoroughly, before they even start to design. In 2015 we can expect innovative website structures, combined with the interactions we have never seen before. Thinking of every possible detail to separate yourself from the crowd will be crucial. The web as we know it is going to start changing. Drastically.


Font size in 2014 got even bigger compared to the previous years and there is no sign this will stop anytime soon, in fact fonts will probably get even bigger. Typography will evolve into actual design elements and will be replacing images, giving websites powerful messages and further improving site loading times.


More and more designers are trying to find more ways to push their creative limits. Trying to be perceived as individuals and make a name for themselves, people are trying to take other talents and combine it with their passion for web design to create an unique package. Pencil drawn design elements such as icons with incredible detail will be seen far more often in the year of 2015.


Responsive web design has proved itself in 2014 as the new web standard. Pushing products on a range of all devices has never been as popular as today. We can only guess how far it can go, but it’s definitely here to stay.


In 2015 we can expect an increase in custom made SVG animations. The benefit of such animations is, that they are scalable and have way more functionality over CSS animations. SVG animations will be used to create custom hover effects, website loading screens and also background animations. Using animation together with logos or other vector type graphics will be more popular in the year 2015.


In 2015 we can expect an increase in websites which tell us a story. The main objective is to lure the visitor into the content and keep him interested till he reads every single word we have on our website. This is done through scrolling, parallax effects, big images and smart content writing. Adults can be like children sometimes. Being different, being interesting will definitely keep the visitors and with time attract lots more.


2014 has been very big on keeping the designs simple and rectangular. In 2015 we predict to see an increase of various shapes including triangles, pentagons, hexagons and so on. These elements will work in harmony with rectangular shapes to provide design diversity.


More and more companies see that most of their advertising is done on the web. This will force designers to create web identities and notice potential problems before they can happen. Logos will be designed to fit any sort of scale. A logo that can fit both on a tiny pen or work equally well on a huge poster. Branding online first will be beneficial to both customers and designers.