Friday, 20 November 2009

Andrew Van Der Merwe (OUGD101)

INTERPRETING IMAGES OF THE PRESENT, PAST AND A RANGE OF CULTURES

EXAMPLE 7:

'Piece From The Series 'African Calligraphy Beach Doodles''

This image can be found at: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/African-beach-calligraphy-doodles/284641

In terms of explanation, Andrew Van Der Merwe says it all himself:

"As a calligrapher I have a particular interest in African colonial and pre-colonial writing systems, so when I doodle on the beach its often along these lines. The more angular letter styles take their inspiration from Tifinagh, the script of the Tuareg people of North Africa. It is interesting how that, even to this day, the Tifinagh resembles ancient Greek and Phoenician."

This piece is part of a series of doodles - and I say 'doodles' because that's literally what they are as Van Der Merwe admits they have no real purpose. However, they are a solid example of playing around with design in relation to the imagery of other cultures. In this case, the typography and letterforms of the alphabets of non-germanic languages.

Cheers.

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