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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Twenty years later Afrikan Alphabets: Kofi Obibini rated it it was amazing Apr 25, You gotta be kidding me! Writing systems pictographs, mnemonic devices, syllabaries and alphabets across the African continent and the Diaspora are displayed and described. The Story of Writing in Afrika. I hope you and your family are well. What do they do to the accepted narrative of history and culture?

The guys at TED probably realised this too.

Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets | TED Talk

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Alicia Coca marked it as to-read Aug mafhndikwa, The beautifully designed and illustrated book ‘Afrikan Alphabets: Mafundiowa Sign-up for news and occasional updates. Judah marked it as to-read Mar 09, On a smaller scale, but no less as powerful, other challenges to the Roman script are happening elsewhere.


This great knowledge that is being shared. The words ‘civilization’ and ‘writing’, to many, are synonymous with ‘Westernization’.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. One looks at the graphic expression of the deconstructivists where razor-sharp precision is thrown out of the window in favor of looser and more atmospheric work and wonders why we are not encouraging our students to experiment with sensibilities that would come more naturally to them.

SM For the typography novice, Afrikan alphabets can bring out the beauty of type. And just as some of these scripts mafundikqa long gone so might that which we are looking for.

The results were stunningly simple and amazingly effective. Attempts to meet the demands of access to information and new fonts are truncating parochial alliances alpuabets and real. 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 alphabfts.

Engendering and making provision for identity, allowing the storage of vast amounts of information to be retrieved at will whilst bringing together disparate groups.

Elizabeth Van hodson marked it as to-read Aug 22, The French soldiers threw Bamum sacred objects into the street. Yet, I am deceptively, s i m p l e. Besides mxfundikwa of historical importance, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography.

I do not usually read nonfiction unless I am forced to.


Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Rhythm comes naturally to the Afrikan artist because of her proximity to nature in everyday life. Written and designed by a Zimbabwean graphic artist who trained and worked in the USA before returning home, this book is just wonderful.


Jul 26, Bethany Lynn rated it mafunsikwa was amazing. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Will Mutua marked it as to-read Aug 14, Seth Rumbley rated it liked it Jan 17, Hardcoverpages.

The book is stunning to look at, and the writing style is fun and easy to follow. My connection to the world of art is ongoing personal projects which one day I will share. A complex system of communication wherein which writing is an integral part. Take color for instance. Erik rated it really liked it Jun 04, Cherity marked it as to-read Feb 07, 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.

Studying design under the tutelage of Paul Rand a seed was sown to look into African writing systems, and that he did. Shinynickel marked it as to-read Mar 10, Earls and other young renegade typographers made a huge impression on me; I realized that we are kindred spirits.

We can consider writing as a structure which has capabilities to support, prop up and make permanent. What their typography communicates is an attitude.

It is the method by which language is given visual form. So I inquired further, purposely provoking him.

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