Fungi Dube shares the inspiration behind the designs for GEO Week 2022 event currently being held in Ghana

Harare-based Zimbabwean designer Fungi Dube was tasked to create the official designs for the GEO Week 2022 - an event organized by Geneva, Switzerland-based Group on Earth Observations (GEO), being held from today, 31 October to 4 November 2022 in Accra, Ghana. 

The gathering will showcase how global collaboration is accelerating the use of Earth Observations as evidence for local impact, both in Africa and around the world as eyes turn to Africa for COP 27.

Fungi Dube shares the inspiration behind the designs for GEO Week 2022 event currently being held in Ghana

Fungi Dube who will also create the designs for GEO Blue Planet symposiums recently shared the inspiration and ideas behind her designs via Observations Blog

The visual identity for the GEO Week and GEO Blue Planet Symposium for 2022 was inspired by Kente fabric, the regal cloth of Ghana. Kente fabric is made up of individually woven strips that are then joined together, with each telling its own unique story. To me, the visual language comprises a mosaic pattern style that incorporates elements that speak to biodiversity, urban development, agriculture, the ocean, and the coast—in line with GEO’s focus on sustainability and the planet. 

The design language also features specific aspects of the Ghanaian culture, like the weave patterns in Kente and some Adinkra symbols that were designed by the Akan people. The symbols are aphorisms that generally bear meaning towards unity, collaboration, wholesomeness, and innovation. Collectively, each square tells its own unique story. 

Furthermore, the background design for GEO Week features topographical lines that are a nod to Earth observation systems. The Blue Planet background has hints of the ocean and water bubbles, underlining GEO’s work to protect life on land and life below water. 

- Fungi Dube

Per LinkedIn, Fungi Dube is a scientist by training and a Creative Solopreneur by calling.  She is also a Brand Design Coach at Flux Academy. "I am a strategic, intentional, calculated and self-taught brand and visual identity graphic designer." Reads her bio. "A sunflower obsessor and a lover of African sunsets, I am also an advocate for sustainable practices for the long-term. I am passionate about sustainable packaging and elevating African packaging design systems whilst maintaining and retaining the richness of the African narrative. My work is heavily influenced by the delicate yet profound nuances that are embedded into African cultures like nature and natural elements, patterns, textures, historic writings, symbols and colour as a form of visual and global communication." 

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an intergovernmental partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organizations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.

The GEO Plenary is the highest decision-making body of GEO, composed of Principals at the senior-official level of government, or their Alternates, representing GEO Member governments and Participating Organizations. Plenary meetings are held once a year and decisions are taken through consensus.

The first WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (WSSD) was Held from 26 August to 4 September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the WSSD highlighted the need for coordinated observations relating to the state of the Earth.

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