Joe Songhurst
The Divine Commission

Joe Songhurst

Harrogate, United Kingdom
joesonghurst.co.uk


The Divine Commission
Booklet
5.3″ × 7″
2015


For this brief I wanted to explore the non-Latin alphabets used across the world. Mandombe is an African alphabet that was proposed after its creator was visited in a dream by Simon Kimbangu, a man who claimed to be a prophet sent from God. I wanted to tell the story of Kimbangu and the Mandombe alphabet so I created a document that illustrates the story while teaching the reader how Mandombe works. The structure of the document relies on the ‘5’ shape of the
alphabet and utilises the reflection and rotation that features in the letterforms.

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