Category Archives: Graphic Design

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Colonial Bastard Typeface

A graphic design project by Zimbabwean born illustrator and graphic designer Osmond Tshuma.
The Colonial Bastard Rhodes typeface is a post-colonial critique of both Cecil John Rhodes and the impact of Colonialism in South Africa. The typeface is based on identifying certain key characteristics of fonts and typography used during the Colonial Era. Taking the … Continue Reading ››
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Joloff Branding & Identity

Designer Saana Hellsten rebranded an existing restaurant for a school assignment in New York that offers traditional Senegalese food.
The branding of Joloff reflects the colorful culture and lifestyle of Senegal. The vibrant mix of patterns is balanced with white washed pastel colors. Both the colors and patterns are inspired from aspects of the culture; such as … Continue Reading ››
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Sho’t Left: Celebrating South African Occupations

South African illustrator Karabo Poppy Molestane was inspired by the working people of Pretoria. She created a Zine that showcased the working life of many people in South Africa.
I took a trip to Church Square (Pretoria Central Business District) and interviewed people I met about their occupation and the tools they use. I came across a … Continue Reading ››
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We The People of the Diaspora-Black Culture Exploration

We the People of the Diaspora-Black Culture Exploration is a fashion illustration series by Jamilla Okubo. Okubo is a textile design artist influenced from her Kenyan and Trinidadian culture. Okubo is heavily influenced by African fabrics that are seen in her artwork.
Just like quilts, I feel like I can use textiles (designing patterns) to tell stories … Continue Reading ››