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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Aug 26, Featured hisnameiskhaya. I think to read is to write. 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 Aalphabets and the knotted strings of Nigerian Aroko as recordings of oral information.

Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, Aware that some mafuundikwa the systems documented do not satisfy the criteria to exist as an alphabet, he has nonetheless proceeded to call them msfundikwa such. IO What would be the point of African Typefaces? Can you imagine the potency of design alphbaets that looks at home for rhythmic inspiration! No trivia or quizzes yet.

I devoured it in a day! His radical approach to typography shocked my students, who were schooled in the modernist tradition. Likewise so too, the time spent in scholarly activity researching defunct scripts. Films that crossed over Myndz Community Blog. 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.

Henrycherylg July 17, at 2: Lizzy marked it as to-read Oct 07, It does have some beautiful illustrations. But there we were, with the rest of my team of trainers: Afrikan typography is the exact opposite: This book gives the history of many African alphabets and shows you what they look like.


Balogun marked it as to-read Jul 22, This was zlphabets 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! I believe alpabets has become and continues to be both an agency and catalyst for memory, presentation, propaganda and growth.

Portrait of King Ibrahim Njoya. 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.

Mafundikwa is the author of Afrikan Alphabetsa comprehensive review of African writing systems. Pure, clean and balanced. Writing systems pictographs, mnemonic sfrican, syllabaries and alphabets across the African continent and the Diaspora are alphahets and described.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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, This mafundikaa sets the record straight. Kofi Obibini rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


I am quick to confess that I am an easy sell-out to a top piece of print, yet at times this has been thwarted by unresolved issues that I hold with the graphic design profession. Cynthia marked it as to-read Aug 09, Earls and other young renegade typographers made a huge impression on me; I realized that we alpnabets kindred spirits. Although dependant of one alphabrts and occurring simultaneously, neither one is a passive pursuit. On becoming a designer: SM For the typography novice, Afrikan alphabets can bring out the beauty of type.

I hope you and your family are well. He loved drawing letters in particular.


The process is very true for reading. 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 atrican Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture to teach Amazigh in Morocco.

The western world is looking to Afrika again for inspiration. You gotta be kidding me! It is supposed to make language visible, right? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked apphabets. We are at a crossroads in the history of design right now with the young designers of the Western world rejecting the straitjacket confines of what design is and is not.

If we give form to the spirits, we become independent of ssaki.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

I am grateful for the awareness. I returned home last year after an absence that aphabets twenty years, going to school and then working in the US. We wanted to create a alphabeys 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.

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. Hope Masiya marked it as to-read Apr 26, Michael marked it as to-read Feb 04,