from a library! Afrikan alphabets: the story of writing in Afrika. [Saki Mafundikwa ] African languages — Alphabet — History. Writing — Africa. View all subjects. Both entertaining and anecdotal, Afrikan Alphabets presents a wealth of highly graphical, attractive and inspiring illustrations. Writing systems across the Afrikan . Writing systems across the Afrikan continent are reviewed: the scripts of the West Africans – Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum and the Somali, and Ethiopian scripts.

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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. Jesus marked it as to-read Jun 21, Because the book sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich cultural and artistic histories of Afrikan alphabets, this title should appeal alphabers individual Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic designer, typographer and design educator.

Camille marked it as to-read Feb 21, My book is an attempt at telling a small part of it.

Account Options Sign in. Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts ZIVAthe book documents the rich alphabets and visual symbols of Africa and reveals the continent’s valuable contributions to the history of visual communication.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. Michael marked it as to-read Feb 04, Other alphabets, syllabaries, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are also compared and contrasted. Aries Eroles marked it as to-read Aug 09, About Saki Mafundikwa Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic designer, typographer and design educator. Many continue to be used today.

Karen Davis o it really liked it Feb 07, This book gives the history of many African alphabets and shows you what they look like. Peter Wunderlich rated it it was amazing Jun 08, No eBook available Amazon. James rated it really liked it Jul 29, The Story of Writing in Afrika. Afrikan alphabets have a long history, fantastic variety, and some continue to be in current use today.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

Hardcoverpages. This informative book will be of interest to anyone fascinated with African culture and art. Apr 11, James Coleby rated it it was amazing. It does have some beautiful illustrations. Alicia Coca marked it as to-read Aug 07, Few people realize that African societies were writing before the arrival of Europeans, in fact at the time Europeans ‘discovered’ the Vai script of Liberia in the early 19th century, literacy was more widespread among the Vai people than in certain parts of America and Britain.

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Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa by Saki Mafundikwa

Contents Roots of Afrikan Alphabets. Luk Gama marked it as to-read Aug 14, Diane Warrington marked it as to-read Aug 10, References to this book Design Studies: An entertaining and alphabfts text explains the wealth of highly graphical This reality is completely at odds with the popular ‘Dark Continent’ theory.

From inside the book. Cynthia marked it as to-read Aug 09, Brussels Belgium – African alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history.


Other editions – View all Afrikan Alphabets: Due to popular demand for the first edition, Mark Batty Publisher proudly announces a reissue of this title in paperback. Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, This is an extensively illustrated and informative visual journey through an aspect of African culture and art.

Elizabeth Van hodson marked it as to-read Aug 22, Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, News Features Events Newsletter. Judah marked it as to-read Mar 09, Mark Batty- Art – pages.