Face to face with the Afrikan written tradition
Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in AfrikaSaki Mafundikwa, Mark Batty $34.95
Interview with Saki Mafundikwa on African Digital Arthttp://africandigitalart.com/2009/09/saki-mafundikwa/
Contemporary graphic and typographic design histories are mostly America-centric or Euro-centric. Despite a few books on Cyrillic, the occasional study of Japanese and Chinese writing systems and recently more documentation on Arabic lettering, the Roman letter is supreme and western grids are paramount.
Steven Heller, design writer, New York
Read the full version in Eye no. 53 vol. 14, 2004
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