All About Artistic Roller Skating: Getting to Know The Disciplines

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what is roller skating

We all have heard about roller skating–a recreational activity, also considered as a sport, wherein people travel on the surface using roller skates. This activity became popular in the United States around the 1930s up until the 1960s.

Artistic Roller Skating

Aside from the usual roller skating, a version called artistic roller skating also became widespread. In this sport, roller skaters imitate figure skaters. The only difference is that they do their thing off the ice with the use of quad skates, mostly, or inline skates.

In spite the many artistic skating competitions all around the world, not many are familiar with the disciplines of artistic roller skating. As a matter of fact, not many know about artistic roller skating at all but have probably seen some of its disciplines.

Here in Art Box, let’s get to know artistic roller skating some more by getting to know the different disciplines it has.

The Disciplines

  • Dance

As implied by its name, this discipline caters to dancing but with roller skates on. The sub-disciplines include compulsory dance, wherein a compulsory dance has to be performed, original dance, wherein a dance is constructed from two rhythms.

Another sub discipline is free dance which is basically just similar to ice free dance with some changes in the rule. In a sense, solo dance covers all three sub-disciplines.  

  • Figures

In this discipline, skaters deal with figures such as circles. There would be circular figures painted on the surface and skaters would have to trace them. Almost similar to compulsory figures on ice but for compulsory figures skating, the skaters themselves draw the figures on blank surfaces.

For these competitions, the judges grade the skaters according to their placement of turns, edges, take off as well as their posture and form.

roller skating competition

  • Freestyle

In the freestyle discipline, the skaters incorporate figure skating footwork, jumps and spins. This discipline is quite similar to ice skating as it uses the same jumps with some changed terms. Basically, this type of artistic roller skating makes use of choreographed routines.

This discipline could be done in pairs wherein extraordinary spins and lifting overhead can be performed. Furthermore, the skaters usually learn a lot about drama and dance creativity.

  • Precision

In this discipline, a team of 6 to 24 skaters perform at the same time. They are supposed to precisely move and flow as one unit; hence, the name “precision”. This discipline is based from synchronized ice skating.  The team performs routines choreographed to music; they also have to incorporate formations of circles, lines, intersections, etc.

The Bottom Line

Roller skating, figure skating, ice skating and all other skating sports are truly fun and challenging activities you can do all year round; this is why there are lots of fuss when it comes to skates. And so if you’re looking for something new this summer, check out Skate HQ’s section on roller derby skates to see what all the fuss is about. In another news, the first outdoor roller skating rink  in Houston just opened. 


Top 7 Graphic Design Trends for 2017

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You never really know what to expect in the creative industry, especially in grapsec-graphic-design-bachelorhic design. Artists and graphic designers are
always brimming with new ideas that they can incorporate in posters, flyers, ads, social media images, and other works. These ideas are often inspired by popular culture, recent events, fashion, and whatever else that artists can draw inspiration from.

This 2017, expect new trends to rise and a few trends from last year to still be present. If you want to build a career as a graphic designer, it would be best to keep tabs on these trends to an make sure you don’t get left behind.

  •    Loud and Bright Colors

It is important to capture the attention of people who pass by your posters or ads and a loud pop off; a color will do the trick. Neutral colors – like black, white, and gray – were the trend last year, so the eyes of people have gotten quite used to them.

  •    The Color Pantonepantone-book

Pantone is a fresh, yellow-green shade that will remind anyone of new leaves in the spring. A lot of people, especially
millennials, have become fond of travelling to scenic nature spots and photographing different kinds of green. This is the main reason why the color now looks very appealing in the eyes of everyone.

  •    Modern Retro

Old logos and icons have always been effective in making people feel nostalgic. That’s why they never go out of style. This 2017, expect the same logos and icons to get a more detailed and colored makeover to make them look refreshing, even if they have been present for years.

  •    Bold Fonts

In the last few years, photos or illustrations were the main focal point of a poster. But, this has changed. Graphic designers now use bold fonts in big sizes to get the attention of viewers and get their messages across more swiftly. However, artists still make sure that the font works well with the theme of the poster.

  •    Minimalism

Minimalism is inspired by Scandinavian aesthetics. It keeps elements minimum, small, and simple. It allows a lot of blank space to give their viewers a more relaxed vibe without compromising the effectiveness of how they deliver the message. Because of this, it won’t be surprising to see a lot of graphic designers cling to this trend in the next years to come.

  •    Geometric Patterns0

Nothing adds a modern and sleek touch better than geometric shapes. With the rise of electronic dance music and rave parties
came the widespread use of rectangles, triangles, and hexagons to give an edgy feel to any design. Geometric patterns are often used with bright colors to keep the design fun and attract audience in the younger age groups.

  •    Hand-drawn Illustrations

Hand-drawn illustrations keep the design simple, but not boring. The simple lines, minimal use of color and depth make overall design easy on the eyes. Using hand-drawn illustrations keep the design breathable and wouldn’t give the viewers a hard time in understanding the message it aims to deliver.


Nobody knows when these trends in graphic design will change. So, be sure to make it a part of your routine to check out the latest work or popular graphic designers around the world. It is a great way of keeping up to date with what’s new and what’s gone. Plus, you can get the inspiration that you need to build your portfolio, too! Don’t be afraid to take these trends and inject your dose of creativity to create an original and appealing design that your audience will love looking at.