Shop Owner Interview #15: Applealley from Indonesia

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People usually say that calligraphy is an art of writing which requires strict discipline and consistent practice.

So I always have a burning admiration for calligraphers.

Luckily, on MakiPlace we are given a chance to talk to one of them.

A font designer, who also practices calligraphy, is sharing with us about his experiences!

Hi, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a graphic designer coming from Indonesia. I learn about calligraphy, Arabic calligraphy and illustration. Now I have a font shop on MakiPlace called Applealley. Hope you guys love the name.

What are you selling? Why and how did you make it?

I’m selling fonts. I’ve learned and practiced calligraphy a lot for many years. So I think it’ll be perfect for me to create and sell fonts. Though these two disciplines are slightly different, they share something in common. Even so, there are many things that I need to improve to become a good font designer.

How do you get new ideas for product development?

I can say that any graphics I catch sight of can inspire me. Practicing calligraphy for a long period of time helps me realize and appreciate the beauty of letters, simultaneously improves my patience and carefulness. Getting new ideas seems a bit frustrating sometimes. But for me, new ideas can come from everywhere. It’s just a matter of observation and inspiration.

Any tips for designers and developers on selling their stuff?

My advice is quite simple: Keep doing and focus. You do it, make mistakes, learn from it and then you make it better. Maybe you don’t need to do just one thing over and over again like Leonardo Da Vinci’s story of drawing eggs, but never give up because of any failure. What is also important is to stay focus. I mean putting your heart and mind in what you do. That’s the core of any successful product in my opinion.

Which feature would you like to see on MakiPlace?

I would appreciate anything that brings customers and sellers great comfort.

What are your favorite resources for design and development?

Behance, Dribbble, and Deviantart are popular names. I usually get there to look for useful materials, connect to other artists as well as catch up with the latest trends. There is a huge range of artworks from artists around the world there. I strongly believe I can learn a lot from them.

This time, if you’re curious about the fonts that have been created by a calligrapher, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Applealley together!

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