African beach calligraphy
I have found a great example of African inspired graphic design. Andrew van der Merwe is a typographer who writes his calligraphy into sand.
South African calligrapher, Andrew van der Merwe, has taken writing in the sand to the ultimate next level. A professional calligrapher and typographer, Andrew has developed his own technique of carving letters in the sand. Most of the forms he designs are inspired from African writing systems. Utilizing digital photography, Andrew shoots his masterful typefaces on beaches throughout Africa.
'Sun, water, sand and wind are strong themes in my work. I particularly enjoy playing with African and other ancient writing systems in an asemic way.'
These are beautiful examples of typography, and I love the idea of using African writing systems to influence today's typography and calligraphy. A touch of traditional African culture used in modern art and design.
A modern font African font inspired by the tribal rhythms of Afrobeat music. Although to me, aesthetically it doesn't immediately show traditional African styles, I can see how it has been influenced by the upbeat music, the typeface itself looks lively as if dancing to music.
Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic artist who opened the first school of graphic design and new media in his native Zimbabwe. He is the author of Afrikan Writing Systems, which explores typography and graphic writing systems in traditional Africa.
Mafundikwa published the book Afrikan Alphabets, a history of African scripts and typography. This book is an illuminating and rare look at indigenous African graphic art tracing all the way back to ancient Egypt. This ‘Story of Writing in Afrika’ is one that every African designer should have on their bookshelf. It is a culmination of 20 years of research in to the collective writing and graphical representation of African history.