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“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”
Paul Rand, 1997
As rightly put by the famous graphic designer Paul Rand, art is a very simple yet complex discipline. Over the years several new branches of art have stemmed out of one another. One of the greatest blends of art to have evolved is ‘Calligraffiti’, a combination of calligraphy and graffiti. It is also used nowadays in typography in graphic design. Calligraphy is about the art of writing be it Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, illuminated mediaeval books or swirly quill writing. On the other hand, graffiti is a raw form of art, done mainly on public places like streets and walls. Combing the two forms yield Caligraffiti.

Evolution of Calligraffiti:

Calligraffiti, is a concept in art developed by Niels Meulman, that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. By mixing beautiful and conventional calligraphy with the unrefined and gritty effects of graffiti, Niels Meulman gives a whole new way of appreciating both art forms. Meulman, a.k.a. ‘Shoe’, is an artist, graphic designer and art director from Amsterdam. He launched the Calligraffiti concept in 2007 with a solo exhibition in Amsterdam.


Calligraffiti Artworks:

Following are few of Niels’ brilliant art works. I am sure that as graphic designers, we are sure going to learn a lot from this novel concept.


Calligraffiti # 1


Calligraffiti # 2


Calligraffiti # 3


Calligraffiti # 4


Calligraffiti # 5


Calligraffiti # 6


Calligraffiti # 7


Calligraffiti # 8


Calligraffiti # 9


Calligraffiti # 10


Calligraffiti Videos:

If you were amazed after witnessing the pictures of the artwork, wait till you see them in action. You will be even more dazzled when you see Calligraffiti art in progress. Following are videos that wonderfully depict Calligraffiti art by Niels Meulman.


Calligraffiti Video # 1


Calligraffiti Video # 2


Calligraffiti Video # 3


Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Tina Garg On January 24th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Fantastic blog post again! Thanks for sharing… a quick question… what form of communication would calligraffiti adhere well to? From the ideas shared, I feel posters, wall art, space design, and invites would take calligraffiti well… would like to hear more from you. Thanks!

  1. PSBrushes On January 25th, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I love this style, the second video is amazing.

    great post

  1. DTX Studios On January 25th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Looking cool.. Simply awesome!

  1. Ezzat On January 27th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I have never seen calligraphy combined with graffiti before. It reminds me of Arabic calligraphy art.

    I use Arabic letters as art and create patterns with it.

    Thank you for sharing!

  1. pakdezaki On January 28th, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Basically graffiti and calligraphy are two different worlds. If the graffiti is identique with streets style, calligraphy is the supreme art of the intelligentsia. But, when both are combined, the result was incredible! Amazing !!

  1. Girma Demissie On February 1st, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Amazing, What made me stunned here is, I am doing this style every day and why it gets this much prominency. Am I really a graphic designer this high.

  1. Orkut Scraps On February 5th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Simply Awesome ……………..Excellent use of calligraphy
    Thanks for sharing with us

  1. Ashley Panter On February 7th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I think graffiti is a more non controlled form of calligraphy and i think different personality types fit different writing styles.

  1. Jinmo Jung On February 11th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    amazing calligraphy!

    I’m korea graphic design&calligraphy design student.

    This style is very differnt from korea calligraphy,

    But It’s very beatiful!

  1. kriti On February 24th, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for an interesting blog. One of the few I have bookmarked.calligraphy is very diff language but excellent. in calligraphy new use any scale n any rules.i will share this post my artist friends. I would like to share this awesome video of calligraphy artist Dave Wood with reader of this blog hope you will enjoy it

  1. Youth Graffiti On August 19th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Love this style. Its about the third time Ive watch the video, its just amazing.

  1. Calligraphy On October 21st, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Amazing Calligraphy styles. Nice thoughts. I am interested in Calligraphy. Can any one suggest me what institute is better for Calligraphy. Does we have online classes for Calligraffiti. Thanks for sharing.

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