OSMOND TSHUMA ON USING DESIGN TO CRITIQUE COLONIALISM

Colonial Bastards Cecil John Rhodes, H.M. Stanley, Otto Van Bismarck & David Livingstone (credit Osmond Tshuma)

Almost a decade ago, Zimbabwe born graphic designer Osmond Tshuma moved from a Harare design studio to Johannesburg University. Influenced by the content he found in South African magazines and on TV, his aim was ‘to be and do better’ than he was. While studying, he developed a passion for typography, which he used as a tool to comment on southern Africa’s history. From this, his Colonial Bastard Rhodes typeface was born…

This interview, by Nana Ocran, was first published in partnership with Let’s Be Brief in July 2018.