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Type design in Suriname


Afrikan Alphabets
[Saki Mafundikwa]

Saki Mafundikwa (Harare, Zimbabwe) is director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA). Author of Afrikan Alphabets, the story of writing in Afrika (Mark Batty Publ., 2003). In this book, he covers all south of the Sahara, and divides things as follows:
A. Liberia and Sierra Leone:
a. The Vai syllabary---212 characters 1883
b. The Mende syllabary---195 characters 1921
c. The Loma syllabary---185 characters 1930
d. The Kpelle syllabary---88 characters 1930
e. The Bassa 'Vah' alphabet---30 characters, 5 diacritics 1920
f. The Gola alphabet---30 characters 1930

B. Guinea, Senegal and Mali,
a. The Mandingo alphabet---25 characters, 8 diacritics 1950
b. Bambara "Ma-sa-ba" script 1930
c. The Wolof alphabet---25 characters, 7 diacritics 1960
d. The Fula (Dita) alphabet---39 characters 1958
e. The Fula (Ba) alphabet
f. The Gerze script

C. Cote d'Ivoire
a. The Bete syllabary---401 characters 1956
b. The Guro script

D. Cameroon and Nigeria
a. The Bamum syllabary---80 characters 1895
b. The Bagam or Eghap syllabary---100 plus characters 1917
c. The Ibibio-Efik alphabet---34 characters 1930
d. The Yoruba holy alphabet
e. Nsibidi
f. A syllabary found among the Djuka of Suriname

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Boudewijn Rempt
[Constructed Languages]

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Constructed Languages
[Boudewijn Rempt]

Boudewijn Rempt's fonts for imaginary and not-so-imaginary languages: Afaka-Roman (from Suriname, with the help of Rob Nierse), Bugis-Makassar, DendenChancelleresca, Eqalar3 (for Pablo Flores' language Draseleq), goidel, gothic-1, Keiaans-(Kayenian), Mandeville-Hebreeuws, Meroitic-boldItalic, Mandeville-Chaldeeuws, Mandeville-Grieks, Mandeville-koptisch, Mandeville-Saracen, Nosjhe-standard (with Christophe Grandsire), hPhags-pa-(rotated), selang, selang-cursief, Ü-chan, ValdyaansKlerkenschrift, 2ValdyaansKlerkenschrift. He created Gothic after the alphabet devised by the Visigothic Bishop Wulfila (Lat. Ulfilas), 311-383 AD. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ravi Rajcoomar

Paramaribo, Suriname-based designer of the vintage / Western typeface Westa (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saki Mafundikwa
[Afrikan Alphabets]

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Studio for Transcultural Design-Creative Solutions

Foundry in Vienna that makes gorgeous commercial fonts for African languages. These pictograms are so nice that I will list each of them. The complete font set retails for about 1000 USD.

  • Akelouke1: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Bete: symbols from Cote d'Ivoire, 1956.
  • Mezzouliet: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Indalag: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Adinkra: modern symbols from Ghana.
  • Meroitic: Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  • Celto-Iberic: Spanish and North-African runes.
  • Canary: runes from the Canary Islands.
  • Bamum: pictograms from Liberia, 1890 and 1894.
  • Loma: Liberian script, 1930.
  • Vai: Liberian script, 1894. The Vai script was devised by Momulu Duwalu Bukele in about 1833 (Near Cape Mount, Liberia).
  • Nsibidi: a complex Nigerian system of pictograms and ideograms, known as Nsibidi (or Nsiberi) has been used traditionally in the cross river area of Nigeria, especially among the Ekoi, Igbo and Ibibio.
  • Nubian: Ethiopian script.
  • Amharic: Another Ethiopian script.
  • Ibo Geneva Style: Geneva with proper diacritics for Ibo.
  • Nigerian Times.
  • Pan African Arial Style.
  • Orisha Arial Style.
  • Djuka: A pictogram language from Suriname, 1910.
  • Voodoo (Veve): A particularly elegant set of pictograms found in Haiti.
  • Abakuá: Pictograms from Cuba, 1980.
  • Cabbal: Pictograms from Tobago, 1990.
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