DESIGN>MAGAZINE No 19
DESIGN>MAGAZINE seeks to engage and inspire the design conscious and the design curious throughout Africa and beyond. It also explores contemporary meta-disciplinary convergences within the various fields of design.
15 > My New Maya Language is a unique system, in content and style, which rescues the ‘dead’ written language created by the Maya across Mesoamerica as far back as 300 BC. My vision for the New Maya Language is to recreate, re-compose and develop contemporary appli- cations in different media: art, product and fashion design, brand identities, information design, wayfinding and education systems for archaeological sites and public spaces, as well as children’s toys. Through these di- verse applications I aspire to promote icon- ographic meanings, education and play, whether it is by instigating conceptual thinking through a 0–12 year-old child’s game, T-shirts or simply by creating appre- ciation through my artworks, which to-date have been acquired by collectors around the world. Antonio Avia, Indigenous Educa- tion Director for the Organisation of Iberoa- merican States had this to say about my artworks: “… your work presents another form of seeing, understanding, recreating, and above all, employing again in daily life, millenary means of expression. I am fasci- nated by this new vision of the glyphs.”