The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of lectures on design in 2016-2017. The third lecture in the series will feature designer and educator Saki Mafundikwa, in conversation with Charles Mudede, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is required. Tickets will be available at noon on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

As the founder of Zimbabwe's first school of graphic design and the author of "Afrikan Alphabets," the first book on Afrikan typography, Mafundikwa has influenced typography and graphic design all around the world. He was educated in the USA with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design instructor. Mafundikwa also directed the award-winning documentary film "Shungu: The Resilience of a People."

Mafundikwa urges African designers to learn from the past and draw on the history of Africa's written words and symbology for inspiration. "The dream," he says, "is for something to come out of Africa that is of Africa."

Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker and writer.  Mudede collaborated with director Robinson Devor on two films, "Police Beat" and "Zoo," both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "Zoo" also screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Mudede, who is an editor and staff writer at The Stranger, has contributed to the New York Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Souls, e-flux, C-Theory, Cinema Scope, Keyframe and Filmmaker Magazine. He is also on editorial boards for Arcade Journal and The Black Scholar. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

The next lecture in the Design Lecture Series will be given on Friday, March 10 by Jessica Walsh, an American graphic designer, art director, illustrator and a partner at creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh.

These lectures are part of local design firm Civilization's free public lecture series featuring highly-regarded visual and graphic designers. The series provides an opportunity to bring industry professionals together for a lecture, Q&A and networking.