We are inspired by the elegant calligraphy of Cairo-based artist, Mounir Al Shaarani. His work is steeped in tradition but has managed to bring the ancient art of Arabic lettering into a modern context. The calligrapher, graphic designer and writer graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus. He has worked as a calligrapher and book designer since 1968 and has exhibited internationally. He uses his calligraphic art to inspire the people of Syria, who face daily turmoil in their war-torn country.
These Moleskine sketches are the works of Victoria and Vitalina Lopukhiny, typography specialists from Kiev. The creative sisters are graphic designers, illustrators and calligraphers who share an aritistict life together under the studio name, Vika Vita. Here is what they’ve written on their profile page:
“Our cooperative creativity began with our birth. Familiar sight has not changed since our childhood: two tables, colored pencils on them and fiery eyes of two inspired girls. We painted, sang, danced together. We graduated from graphic design department, our main fields of work are lettering, calligraphy, illustration, we make logotypes and corporate identity, make catalogues, paint walls, also we are teaching students in a University and run courses of calligraphy. We are keen not only on nice letters, but on history of our Cyrillic alphabet, it’s origin.”
You can see more of their work on their website as well as on Behance.
Nicola Jones is the owner and designer behind the UK shop and studio, Gooseberry Moon. We love her style and brand which she duly describes in her profile page:
“With a ‘less is more’ aesthetic, I combine some of my favourite design elements including print, pattern, colour, calligraphy and typography to create beautifully simple paper goods for weddings and everyday. All designs are created from my original hand-drawn illustrations which are scanned and tweaked in photoshop to create patterns and motifs for greetings cards, notebooks, art prints and wedding stationery.”
“I’m inspired by the simple things in life, like shapes and silhouettes found in nature, and colour combinations and patterns in everyday surroundings. Berries, leaves and seedheads are some of my favourite things to draw.”