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Atelier Fifty Five by Tapiwa Matsinde African Design Writing and Publishing Liz Riley Photography
Writing & Publishing

I feel very privileged that I can, through my writing, bring to life the stories about the people, places and things that inspire me, so those stories may inspire others.

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Books & Articles

I feel very privileged that I can, through my writing, bring to life the stories about the people, places, and things that inspire me, so those stories may inspire others.

Coming from a graphic design background, I have long been a visual storyteller. Revealing the stories of people and the businesses they build through design is part of the art of branding which was my work for a long time.

But it wasn’t until I wrote and published my first blog post in 2010 that my love of the written word was truly unleashed. Words both written and spoken are powerful — they shape our perceptions, our beliefs, our visions, and tell the world who we are.

I discovered just how powerful words are when I began writing about design from Africa; it enabled me to contribute to the development of the industry through my blog posts, interviews, opinion pieces, and books. I write primarily about the areas of design, creativity, sustainability, entrepreneurship, diversity, and lifestyle in relation to Africa.

Books

I believe books, print or digital, make an invaluable contribution to the development of the African design industry. We put information and different perspectives into context to help us make sense of things, and, more importantly, to create records of what has happened and is happening for future generations to look back on, to be inspired and to know what was.

Here you will find a selection of my books exploring African design.

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Contemporary Design Africa Book Tapiwa Matsinde Atelier Fifty Five
Contemporary Design Africa
IFA Pure Gold Upcycled Upgraded Book Tapiwa Matsinde Guest Curator Africa
Pure Gold
Shoko Press Fashion Illustration Africa Tapiwa Matsinde Atelier Fifty Five
Fashion Illustration Africa
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Articles

I have written about African design for and contributed both print and digital content to, a range of publications and organisations interested in diversifying their content and introducing African design to their readers.

Here you will find a selection of my curated articles and written work.

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For my commissioned writing rates, please contact me here.
Publishing

Because writing and publishing my own books was never going to be enough, I now publish others’ work too. I started my imprint Shoko Press, an independent publisher of art books about modern African creativity and culture, to bring the work of hand-selected writers and creatives to print, so that they too can share their unique, diverse perspectives on design and creativity with the world.

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Atelier Fifty Five by Tapiwa Matsinde Publishing books Liz Riley Photography
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Atelier Fifty Five by Tapiwa Matsinde Books Quote Liz Riley Photography

Until the lions learn how to write every story will glorify the hunter

African proverb

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