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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Van Nostrand Reinhold, ; p. There is urgent need on our part Afrikan scholars to correct the myths and plain lies that have been immortalised in books the world over about us, our contributions and our accomplishments. Yoh Kouma marked it as to-read Apr 09, The results were stunningly simple and amazingly effective. Lizzy marked it as to-read Oct 07, I gave them two projects: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Sadly, most people do not know of Africa s achievements and contributions to history and to humanity. As a white American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school. ZIVA is only a small step in the right direction. Just that question alone has my mind wondering about the many encounters I have with writing on a daily basis. To critically engage with typography one would first have to begin the process of mapping writing onto speech.

I was supposed to teach computer skills. Maelis Astroc rated it really liked it Oct 30, We wanted to create a truly Afrikan book, using natural dyes and inks and some of the new fonts, but we only had ten days, so we opted for silkscreening the text instead.

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Aries Eroles marked it as to-read Aug 09, News Features Events Newsletter. The Adrinka Symbols of the Akan people of Ghana. Earls and other young renegade typographers made a huge impression on me; I realized that we are kindred spirits. Afrikan typography is the exact opposite: Laura marked it as to-read Sep 20, Refresh and try again.

I wanted to learn more about it, so I had my local library order this from a university for me. Afrikan alphabets straddle those two extremes comfortably.


He loved drawing letters in particular. Oct 07, Featured Chaz Maviyane-Davies. Leading us through pictograms, mnemonic devices and syllabaries Saki charts how writing has and continues to evolve across Africa. It is supposed to make language visible, right? Asserting the significant role that symbols have in African culture as forms of communication, citing calabash carvings of the Kikuyu of Kenya, the Ishango bone from Congo and the knotted strings of Nigerian Aroko as recordings of oral information.

May 19, Liepollo added it. I am grateful for the awareness. He will expand on his first talk, which was an introduction to Afrikan Alphabets, by dropping the bombshell that writing was invented in Africa and not Mesopotamia.

He has participated in exhibitions and workshops around the alphxbets, contributed to a variety of publications and lectured about the globalization of design and the African aesthetic.

Thalia May 7, at 8: We could go on and on with the analogies; the fact remains — Afrika is the source of it all. First was the word, and it was modernism. Things become saved and sometimes overwritten. Attempts to meet the demands of access to information and new fonts are truncating parochial alliances virtual and real.


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

Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Here was a golden opportunity for me to put my ideas to the test. Stephen Simpson rated it it was ok Feb 04, I do not usually finish nonfiction books unless someone makes me. I kept looking at the fetishes. Type is supposed to be invisible when we read it.

I think to read is to write.

But there we were, with the rest of my team of trainers: I was enthused about the topic but disappointed by the execution. Balogun marked it as to-read Jul 22, Inthe ancient Berber script used to write Tifinagh, the language of the Tuareg, the chief inhabitants of the Saharan desert, now found in Algeria, Libya, Niger, Mali and neighbouring countries, was adopted over both Roman and Arabic alphabets by the administrative Council of the Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture to teach Amazigh in Morocco.

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