BI NKA BI: The symbol of Peace and Harmony

2015 was another year of war, misery, refugees, injustice, hatred and joy, optimism, success, love … For every person individually and for each nation as a whole …
I chose the symbol that should symbolize the new year of 2016 to be the symbol Bi Nka Bi, symbol of Peace and Harmony (according to the West Africa symbolism of Adinka), with the hope our world to become more beautiful and people love each other …

Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan. The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.

BI NKA BI means : “No one should bite the other”. The symbol of Peace and Harmony!
This symbol cautions against provocation and strife. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from and Maria Papaefstathiou.

Happy New Year from GraphicArtNews to the world

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (