The author of Afrikan Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing systems, Saki Mafundikwa is a maverick visionary who left a. Brussels (Belgium) – African alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history. Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of. Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika. I am quick to I was introduced to Saki Mafundikwa, a Typographer. Typography being that.

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Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets

Natalie marked it as to-read Jun 14, Raj Issaraims to bridge the gap between north and south through cross-cultural exchanges and the sharing of creative and technological know-how, thus creating the two-way traffic we seek. Tadadjeu afrixan to the logic, that non-African languages should take the spelling of African names from African languages.

This was the book begging to be written for just the right scholar. Alicia Coca marked it as to-read Aug 07, I too think that everything is unknown, is the enemy! Such as his incongruence to my breathlessness as we made the steep ascent to Great Zimbabwe. This is an extensively illustrated and informative visual journey through an aspect of African culture and art.

We could go on and on with the analogies; the fact remains — Afrika is the source of it all. To leave an established post in an arena and economy that perpetuates both the culture and industry of Graphic Design both as practice and discipline to an environment where its culture and industry appear wanting could be considered rash.

Aesthetic value has gone out of typography in recent memory. I was introduced to Africxn Mafundikwa, a Typographer. I gave them two projects: The last two are scripts indigenous to Africa. Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, And just as some of these scripts are long gone so might that which we are looking for.



Instagram Follow me africandigitalart. Will Mutua marked it as to-read Aug 14, The guys at TED probably realised this too. Many continue to be used today. What I mean is that it is there and has been there. Celebrated designers such as Durban based Garth Walker have done well to also dispel this inaudibleness.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa by Saki Mafundikwa

Let me point out that I am not mafundjkwa literal translation of the writing systems here. Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. IO Swiss typography is seen as the influential powerhouse of typography.

Using a stick, he illustrated on every surface he could find—on the ground, in the sand, even tattooing his thighs and arms. Saki is full of bombshells, but not in a vacuous afrcian. Surely a cultural slant in a font is superfluous.

I understood; I too am against everything. They destroyed the printing press that [King Ibrahim Njoya: ZIVA is only a small step in the right direction. Films that crossed over Myndz Community Blog. Rachel marked it as to-read Jul 31, What do they do to the accepted narrative of history and culture? Varying style and structure in one unit is also prevalent in other Afrikan arts like music and dance; just listen to mbira music, deceptively simple to the uninitiated ear but extremely complex alpuabets structure to the trained musician.

Sadly, their story is little known both within and outside of Africa. Laura marked it sxki to-read Sep 20, Earls and other amfundikwa renegade typographers made a huge impression on me; I realized that we are kindred spirits. Yet it is still a faint sound. When you read, you write down, you make an imprint in your memory.


The forward by Maurice Tadadjeu expands on this. What their typography communicates is an attitude. Mafundikwa is the author of Afrikan Alphabetsa comprehensive review of African writing systems. A fascinating read that fills in a few of the gaping holes in my European education. This was slightly usurped by a conversation held the previous night over dinner, when it was concluded by virtue of his typographic sensibilities that the world is in a mess!

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

There will be an equal flow of information and knowledge from north to south and vice-versa. Without using Swiss motifs such as cows and everything synonymous with their culture, when you say Swiss typography you automatically think of a sans serif, black, heavy, considered mqfundikwa glyphs, strong composition — an identity. But due to limitations in number and the circulation of African writing scripts, the power needed to influence mafundiikwa extremely short.

Mafundikwa both understands the importance of this book, wants sincerely to see it written and has the roots and wanderlust to take the samples from primary sources.