…is a London-based design studio that was established in 2011 and named after founder Nick Hand’s grandfather’s design studio of the same name. Since launching, they’ve worked on some high calibre projects, including developing a huge suite of icons for the BBC’s digital platforms, designing the D&AD 50 Book and creating artwork for cutting-edge electronic music label Planet Mu.
Adinkra is not the only exceptional form of communication to stem from the Akan people. As well as jewellery and weaving, narratives and philosophical ideas are also conveyed in Akan goldweights, a copper, bronze or brass weight cast using a method called lost-wax technique. In practical terms the forms were used as counterbalances on scales for transactions using gold, but often depict scenes to celebrate social or historical events, the local flora and fauna or religious ideas.