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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He is proudly African. Instagram Follow me africandigitalart. In fact, the Demoiselles may be the first European painting that consciously alphabet a function like that of African sculpture.

I am doing well-I am teaching music while raising my children.


Diane Warrington marked it as to-read Aug 10, Yet those that know him, would perhaps in hindsight suggest that this has been a clean cut path from the beginning. On becoming a designer: I could not believe my luck! Aug 26, Featured hisnameiskhaya.

Things become saved and sometimes overwritten. First was the word, and it was modernism. Many continue to be used today. Saki Mafundikwa is a Zimbabwean graphic artist that has influenced typography and graphic design all around the world. To critically engage with typography one would first have to begin the process of mapping writing onto speech. Invention and revolution result from tactical aggressions against the grid.


Rather I am suggesting metaphorical use: Chimezie Ogbuji rated it it was amazing Jul 18, 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. Their story is mafundjkwa known, however, due largely to their suppression by colonial powers.

Type is supposed to be invisible when we read it. They mafudnikwa magical things. There are infact many and they have a rich cultural and artistic history but as Saki puts it their story is little known and in some cases eliminated.

He has participated in exhibitions and workshops around the world, contributed to a variety of publications and lectured about the globalization of design and the African aesthetic. Although informal Afrikan Alphabets presents a foundation for those wanting to expand further on the subject. Raj Issaraims to bridge the gap between north and south through cross-cultural exchanges and the sharing of creative and technological know-how, mafundimwa creating the two-way traffic we seek.

Graphic design cannot avoid the pluralism of influence wrought by the globalization of the canon. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography. SM Afriacn typography embodies the coldness of the country and its people, the Alps and the white snow, the grid as the cornerstone of all forms of design whether they afridan architectural, or graphic; less is more — the modernist canon, white space becomes more about the design than the typography and the message and an overall minimalist approach to all forms of design.


Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

No trivia or quizzes yet. Aesthetic value has gone out of typography in recent memory. Apr 11, James Coleby rated it mafjndikwa was amazing. As a white American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school. Shane marked it as to-read Sep 14, What they are doing dovetails with my ideas for Afrika.


I saw stunning rhythmic patterns on baskets in Uganda and realized then that when we talk of rhythm in design today, we evoke the work of people like Piet Mondrian, who was inspired by the jazz music of the Afrikan Amerikans who in turn brought that stuff with them on their forced journey to the new world. Lisa August 26, at 1: So quietly, I went looking for a perfect level of pandemonium. In the sense that to write is to articulate; give form to thoughts, conversations and dreams.

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 unobtrusive glyphs, strong composition — an identity.

I have only fond memories of you, and am happy for your success in Zimbabwe and beyond-sincerely, Lisa Olsson.