Decolonizing typography: creating a font for Afrikan writing systems
The driving force behind my relentless mission to create digital fonts for Afrikan writing systems, one letter at a time. In this case study I’ll walk you through the process of designing a font for the Bassa Vah Alphabet. — Background Bassa language is spoken by about 600 000 Bassa people of Liberia and Sierra Leone. In the late 1800s, Dr Thomas Flo Lewis created the Bassa Vah alphabet to write the language, drawing inspiration from traditional Bassa symbols and motifs. Vah means ‘to throw a sign’. Interesting.