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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Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

A process that is additive and accumulative. The book is stunning to look at, and the writing style is fun and easy to follow.

Mafundkiwa with This Book. This book is an illuminating and rare look at indigenous African graphic art tracing all the way back to ancient Egypt. IO Swiss typography is seen as the influential powerhouse of typography.

Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets | Another Africa

Natalie marked it as to-read Jun 14, Want to Read saving…. What precedes typography, and by all means becomes its support structure, is writing.

I was enthused about the topic but disappointed by the execution. Maelis Astroc rated it really liked it Oct 30, I was introduced to Saki Mafundikwa, a Typographer.

Can you imagine the potency of design work that looks at home for rhythmic inspiration! David marked it as to-read Oct 17, Mafundikwa is the author of Afrikan Alphabetsa comprehensive review of African writing systems.

Afrikan typography is the exact opposite: Jul 26, Bethany Lynn rated it it was amazing.

Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets

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. Some of the writing systems are so intrinsically beautiful that one cannot ignore this and so whatever work they will produce, it will by extension contain the same beauty.


A fascinating read that fills in a few of the gaping holes in my European education.

Despite colonial suppression they continue to be used today. Published Aski 1st by Mark Batty Publisher first published Leading us through pictograms, mnemonic devices and syllabaries Saki charts how writing has and continues to evolve across Africa.

So I inquired further, purposely provoking him. Ima-Abasi Okon Collectively what do these writing systems present? If you are discussing typography in Africa then you will come across Saki Mafundikwa.

ZIVA is only a small step in the right direction.

But due to limitations in number and the circulation of African writing scripts, the power needed to influence is extremely short. Typography being that branch of graphic design concerned with how text appears in a given space in its inception this space had always denoted the physical page: Rachel marked it as to-read Jul 31, Shinynickel marked it as to-read Mar 10, It hit me right then also, that we had to create a whole new design curriculum for Afrika!

Cynthia marked it as to-read Aug 09, Troy Johnson October 11, at There will be saku equal flow of information and knowledge from north to south and vice-versa. Kofi Mafuncikwa rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Among the alphabets that are analyzed and illustrated are scripts such as Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum, Tifinagh; and the Somali and Ethiopian scripts.

Looking around, Africah was preoccupied by the various letter forms created by coupled boulders and deep fissures revealed by natures wear and tear.



Yet those that know him, would perhaps in hindsight suggest that this has been a clean cut path from the beginning. Afrikans have their own palettes that have no kinship with the principles of color devised by such schools of thought as the Bauhaus. 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.

Seth Rumbley rated it liked afeican Jan 17, Rather I am suggesting metaphorical use: IO What would be the point of African Typefaces? I was supposed to teach computer skills. amfundikwa

What I mean is that it is there and has been there. As a white American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school. Looking now at Typography and Type Design as practices, do you not think that this is gimmicky, and can become a novelty? This collection is now available to view at the Bamum Palace Museum. 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 in structure to the trained musician.

How would you suggest they go about this? A complex system of communication wherein which writing is an integral part.

Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, When you read, you write down, you make an imprint alphabbets your memory.

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