Simon Charwey - About

About Me

Simon Charwey is a brand identity designer and anthologist on indigenous African design systems and African Symbology. Charwey’s works underpin a keener study of the heterogenous visual culture of his home country Ghana and Africa. But more resonantly, his experiences growing up in unique locales where symbols were seen as part of shared knowledge systems –– cultural expressions, identity, and values. Charwey rely on these knowledge systems because it is a deeper realm of creativity by which our ancestors create the relics we accept as part of our rich cultural history.

As a go-to expert on creating unique logos and symbols inspired by indigenous design systems, Charwey’s has embarked on two book projects: The Museum of Adinkra and the African Logo Design. Check his Projects tab to see all. The Museum of Adinkra and the African Logo Design.

The second phase of his research focuses on working with black creatives and creatives of African descent on the African Design Matters free directory initiative –– a project in solidarity and in support of black creatives and creatives of African descent whose works are less represented within the world’s design community.

Charwey has served as a jury member for the Graphic Design Awards Ghana (GDAG) 2017 edition (now, Graphic Design Awards Afrika (GDAA)). He is the secretary of DesignGhana, and a member of the Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI), which is the Design Council of Afrika, among others.

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Press

  1. A Typophile’s Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe: Saki Mafundikwa (Online Lecture [held on ZOOM] at Letterform Archive, Co- presented by San Francisco Public Library, Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 6:00pm–7:30pm PDT).
  2. The Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI) . Our Time is Now! Afrika Design Day (ADD). PADI is the Design Council of Afrika.
  3. Cumulus . PADI 1st International Design Educators Conference (iDEC) 2019 (February, 2019)