Typography / Word Art
Definition: Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language readable and beautiful.
Wherever we look, we see Quotes. On Walls ( at home or on the Streets), Posters, on Television but also and mostly on the internet. Every Fitness Instructor, Food Consultant, Motivation Coach, Fashionista, every Blog, Facebook or Instagram Page uses them. Quotes are the fast and easy way to communicate nowadays. Make a statement, let people know what you think and feel. This is the modern way to use words in art.
But the trend is many thousands of years old and evolved in time.
One of the first users of words in art where the old Chinese. In China calligraphy was used to express the meaning of a painting with a quote in the middle of a painting. Pictographic writing started in China more than 4,000 years ago. Chinese calligraphy is seen as an art form, language as a way of understanding Chinese thought.
But not only the Chinese knew how to use words in their art. Also the Arabic used Words in their paintings, to express their feelings and thoughts.
Islamic calligraphy, or Arabic calligraphy, is the artistic practice of handwriting and calligraphy, based upon the Arabic language and alphabet.
The Islamic calligraphic art is based on the Qur’an. The Art was mostly used to quote whole chapters and excerpts from it. As figurative painting was not common and most importantly not wished to see, the only way to express the art was in writing it down. Therefore calligraphy became one of the major forms of artistic expression in Islamic cultures.
The modern way of using words is to use quotes on the walls or frame them and hang them on the wall. Those pieces of word art are used as a way of home decoration.
But many artists, including me, have discovered a way of using words to express feelings, emotions and thoughts throughout words. Some are doing it manually, this takes time and patience. and others are just going for the easy way in using Photoshop. They edit the favorite picture with the given words. On Youtube you can find many tutorials in “How to make your own wordart portrait”.
But one Social Media channel where quotes are used the most, is Instagram. Search for following Hashtags #calligraphy #typography #arabicart # wordart #quoteoftheday #sportquote and you will be overwhelmed of the quantity of quotes for every life situation.
One of the best profiles on Instagram I have seen so far is the one of ILOVEHASH. In comparison to my Art, he is using a whole text as a background and adds the shadows of shapes later on. See it for yourself and let me know if i am wrong.
To conclude this blogpost I am going to use a quote: The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”.