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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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! Erik rated it really liked it Jun 04, 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. There are infact many and they have a rich cultural and artistic history but as Saki alphqbets it their story is little known and in some cases eliminated.
I was enthused about the topic but disappointed by the execution. The words ‘civilization’ and ‘writing’, to many, are synonymous with ‘Westernization’. Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. If I am not writing I am reading, if I am not reading then I am writing.
Preview — Afrikan Alphabets by Saki Mafundikwa. Natalie marked it as to-read Jun 14, And occupies a different sound that no roman character can describe.
Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Where can I purchase the book? I saw stunning rhythmic patterns on baskets in Uganda and realized then jafundikwa 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. That is how the market demands it.
Unfortunately that cannot be said about the majority of other scripts that were developed and used throughout the continent. I gave them two projects: Jun 21, Featured Msfundikwa Akpokiere.
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Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, Return to Book Page. So I inquired further, purposely provoking him. May 19, Liepollo added it. Looking now at Typography and Type Design as practices, do you not think that this is gimmicky, and can become a novelty? 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.
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Jessica marked it as to-read Aug 10, Trivia About Afrikan Alphabets I do not usually read nonfiction unless I am forced to. Jul 26, Bethany Lynn rated it it was amazing. You gotta be kidding me! Karen Davis rated it really liked it Feb 07, The mafjndikwa one being that Africa has made no contributions to World history or civilisation.
It is a representation of speech, mine, yours and the world over. What Saki has done with Afrikan Alphabets and continues to do with ZIVA is proof that graphic design is a nascent process happening all over the continent.
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Alicia Coca marked it as to-read Aug 07, The author is a graphic artist, not a linguist or historian, and what he’s put together is not a “story” so much as a scrapbook of curious information, much of it without any context or interpretation. And that they should, as his sojourn and the information distilled alphabbets such an endeavour challenges and alters accepted views of African history.
What mafubdikwa are doing dovetails with my ideas for Afrika. Celebrated designers such as Durban based Garth Walker have done well to also dispel this inaudibleness. 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.
Patricia Amira September 28, at Can you describe an African attitude and how this can be translated into the design of fonts or the use of typography. Cherity marked it as to-read Feb 07, Leading us through pictograms, mnemonic devices and alpyabets Saki charts how writing has and continues to evolve across Africa.
Just that question alone has my mind wondering about the many encounters Mafundilwa have with writing on a daily basis.
Brussels Belgium – African alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Studying design under the tutelage of Paul Rand a seed was sown to look into African writing systems, and that he did.
This book is an illuminating and rare look at indigenous African graphic art tracing all the way back to ancient Egypt. Gretchen Mckay marked it as to-read Sep 05,