2009 TYPETITLE: Burkina Gothic
ABSTRACT: TYPE DESIGN BASED ON ARTIFACTS FROM BURKINA FASO
A rejected but loved exploration from the packaging design for Burkina Electric’s album Paspanga. The alphabet is inspired by mid-20th century iron currencies and other sculptures from the Lobi tribe of Burkina Faso.
Many years later I revisited this alphabet when artist Jake Brush approached me to make the title for his show The Multiple Murders of Lady Gilgo. For this I created a lighter version by using the stroke of the original alphabet.
3D effects were applied to the outlined letter-forms to integrate them into the weird world of Jake Brush’s video art. They were also used as window decals for the exhibition.