the messages in African typography

until a few hours ago, i had no idea who Saki Mafundikwa was, let alone the fact that he’s written the book on African design heritage.

i came across this video of a TED Talk he did on the ‘ingenuity and elegance in Ancient African alphabets’…

he reaffirms the fact that the ‘creative process of design has always been potent’ and African designers would do well by looking within instead of looking outside for inspiration..

the alphabet was born in African, therefore we have an inherited advantage when it comes to creating typography and there is a rich heritage upon which to base new creations…

watch this video for inspiration…

 

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