An interview with Ben Duarri-Screen Prince

 Donna Summer Ben Duarri-Screen Prince, 2013

Ben, can you tell us about your "Donna Summer" calligram work?
The project was sponsored by someone working for Southern Fried Records, Fatboy Slim's label.
The song was a personal favorite and I had a very deep connection with this song when I was little.
I knew I had to get Donna's elegance in there and as I had only been using the copperplate dip pen nibs for a year or so and the Pentel brush pen for a few months the pressure was quite enormous but that got me to a state of doing things with a lose immediacy that comes with calligraphy.

The image I drew in pencil as my template was a mash-up of lots of images of Donna's record cover shots and also heavily inspired by her psychedelic video where she does that wave dance move with her arms.This drawing contains the arms and hands more of her waist and is pretty big. 
Printing the background layer in a blend of colors  was a …

A calligraphic calligram

March 6 is the European Day of the Righteous to commemorate those who have stood up against crimes, humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility.

Righteous, Hope, Solidarity, Freedom, Gratitude, Forgiveness are just a few of the meaningful words that form this "tree of life" calligram.

A tree as a calligram logo for a better life

The 4th International Forum on Food and Nutrition chose a tree calligram logo to visualize clearly its mission: to foster a better life and diffuse a sustainable well-being.

4th International Forum on Food and Nutrition November 28-29 - Milan, Italy
sponsored by Barilla Center

A calligram homage to Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) Calligram design by Dylan Roscover
here is a calligram for you made with the words of your inventions, visions and inspirational thoughts.
With sincere love and gratitude from all of us designers.

A tribute to women

Today, March 8th 2011, is the centenary celebration of the International Women's Day(1911-2011).
We honor this special day with a gallery of calligrams where the woman, her beauty, strength, passion and force of nature are the main subjects. Enjoy! Motherhood and pregnancy Joni James
Donna Summer Ben Duarri Screen Prince

Oh, Julie
(detail of the poster for the theatrical show "Il Blues di Malaussene") Laura Ruggeri

2010 Summer sale season campaign
La Rinascente

Calligram portrait
Leslie Nichols

"Go out"Advertisement for Woman's Day Magazine, 1953. All rights reserved.
Federico Gene

Advertising poster (70s)
Vichy Water

Advertising poster (60s)

Funny Girl - movie poster (60s)

Have a wonderful trip in 2011!

It was a joy receiving this SMS for best wishes in 2011 from a person who doesn't even know I love calligrams! And I was surprised to see how the complete calligram of the boat is viewable in my old cellular with a little tiny screen (can you see the scratches?!).
The rest of the message was: Boarding date: 2011 Destination: Happiness Luggage: Health, Love and Harmony Have a wonderful trip!
Very charming best wishes calligram, don't you think? ;-)
Maybe on top of the boat instead of the two L's (in lower case) the artist could put two 1's and the calligram best wishes boat would become even more appropriate for the 2011 best wishes.
We can also call this form of calligram Ascii Art: "a technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard...", says Wikipedia.