Simon believes that it is acceptable for modern calligraphy to be illegible, and as such, challenges the viewer’s typical perceptions of calligraphic work. He appreciates that technology has its place in some aspects of the art of letterform but views a computer’s keyboard and screen as things standing in the way of the message – for him, calligraphy fosters clarity of thought and natural structure and that being in contact with the paper means disclosure of thought or emotion has less opportunity for deviation. His compositions show that words can become abstract images that convey visual cadence, atmosphere and expression and that letterform can evoke feelings in the viewer that verse alone is not always able to. He has never been solely interested in the the well-trodden path of interpretation that preoccupies calligraphy at its most traditional – his compositions tend toward the abstract and most applications of his work imply the texture and emotion of the chosen text. Formal principles are followed in the main but his work places value on rhythm, dynamic gestures and impact.