Garth Walker – what does “being African” look like?

Durban-based graphic designer Garth Walker founded experimental graphic design magazine Ijusi in 1994 – the same year as South Africa’s first full democratic elections.

Walker says: “I was trying to provide some guidelines, a roadmap, some inspiration to develop a new [visual] language that was based on the South African experience as a graphic designer.[I was trying] to say this was not a new visual language – it is heading towards a new language and we want you to join us in determining what that new language is and how we get there.”

In this video from Design Indaba, Walker talks about Ijusi and the issues it tackles and showcases some of the work it has featured.

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