You’re never too old to set another goal

You're never too old to set another goal

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” _C.S. Lewis

Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang

Let’s all create

Dear ZedTears, Let's all create

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“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening—everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say ‘I did that.'” _Ricky Gervais

Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang

Art #2. Into The Unknown

Art #2. Into The Unknown [Artwork]

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“To me art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.” _Mark Rothko

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Mark Rothko’s quote inspired my initial post ‘Art‘ and also this artwork. I created this artwork ‘Into The Unknown’ as an abstract representation of the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious mind. The eye denoting the conscious, the subconscious represented by the abstract layers and patterns of type and forms floating in space and the unconscious are the ‘blacks’ found in every existing space.

There is a complexity about the subconscious and the unconscious mind, and human behaviour is influenced by the abstract nature of this complexity. The floating layers of information in the subconscious are a culmination of things seen, heard or experienced. In the unconscious mind lays a deep tunnel of things the conscious mind cannot conceive or comprehend. In it lays a wealth of uncharted knowledge, strength, weaknesses, potential, goals, wisdom, vulnerability, power, you name it.

Like Mark Rothko’s quote, exploring that space of our subconscious and our unconscious mind can help unravel our inner stardom and realizing our full potential. Being the hero of our story lay in how deep we are willing to dive, how deep we are willing to look from within to make our story a best seller.

Lest I forget, I created this artwork exploring with torn pieces of papers, sketch and ‘scanography’. I tried something different and the result is this digital collage. Let’s take an adventure into the unknown (our inner self) and see how we become a beautiful piece of art.

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Design, Art/Creative direction, Post
By Philip Abang

Lighten up

Dear ZedTears, Lighten up

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“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” _Kenneth Branagh

Is there a better way to live? I very much doubt so. : )

Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang
Artwork: Rene Abang

Be the verb not the noun

Dear ZedTears, Be the verb not the noun

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I came across a talk ‘Perception is the root of all evil by Deji Akingbaje on TEDxMHK. He used the term ‘be the verb, not the noun’ which segued to the point he was making. This led me to another of his talk with the title ‘Be the Verb, Not the Noun. In this talk he clearly stated why ‘Be the verb, not the noun’ formulates his strong philosophy. We become imprisoned by the nouns we choose to define ourselves, and as a result, limiting ourselves and our creativity by this association. Be the verb, not the noun applies to race, nationality, gender, age, religion, social statues, career specialization, etc.

In terms of career specialization, I identify myself as a graphic designer. By so doing, I have come to the realization that, not only do I feel a sense of entrapment, I feel like it limits my innate gift to perform, to paint, draw, act, podcast, take photos, write and so on. These things I have mentioned are also labelled as nouns in career specialization, how ironic. Think about it, a painter, an artist, an illustrator, a photographer, a writer, — you get the point.

The message is to break out from ‘the shackles of human expression’ as Deji puts it. I feel more emboldened when I say ‘hey! I paint, draw, design, rap (maybe), act, podcast, blog, etc’, without using ‘hierarchical nouns’ in this context as described by Deji.  There is no limit to what we can do. We become more proactive when we begin to see ourselves as verbs. We feel miserable to some extend doing the things we have limited ourselves to over and over again. We fall short of realizing our full potential by labelling ourselves as common nouns. Being the verb allows us the power to harness our innate ability to experiment, explore, create, express of geniuses guided by the actions of our instincts, our essence and passion.

I will leave you with this quote from Deji on his view on ‘be the verb’.

“If common sense tells us now that living with passion is the key to leading a successful life, why are so many of us still miserable? Why do we still struggle to live out loud as inventors and pioneers of our creative process? Why do hierarchies, racism and hate even still exist? — what I discovered on my journey is what I now believe to be ‘the shackles of human expression’. For as long as we continue to define ourselves as nouns, — race, nationality, gender, age, religion, career specialization, social statues, — we will never live to our fullest potential.”

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

Focus your time on what is most important

Dear ZedTears. Focus your time on what is most important

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It’s been over a month since I last designed a quote and posted on my site. My apologies to those who have always tuned in and to the numerous blogs I haven’t read during this period. My time have been occupied by certain events, although, I have been seldom active on Instagram if I must confess.

I still listen to talks, lectures and watch some insightful videos which is beneficial to acquiring new knowledge and eliciting growth. I thought I’d share a few lines below from a lecture Get enough time for the important things by Chris Croft, author of Success Habits on Lynda.com.

“Successful people are careful about how they use their time — because if you think about it, all you can put into an enterprise is your money and your time — as you become more successful your time becomes more valuable, not less. And the options for what to do with it usually become more complicated — So the key is to focus your time on what is most important.

We have to deal with the urgent stuff in order to keep everyone else happy. But finding time for the important things, that’s the key.

And anything that takes you towards your goals is important. If it doesn’t contribute to either enjoyment or achievement of a goal, then it’s not important.

— Successful people — They make time by being a little bit more ruthless than other people on the unimportant stuff.

I often question if I use my time wisely. Lectures like that of Chris Croft’s have been very helpful in keeping me focused and channeling my attention towards my goals and growth.

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

A good teacher can inspire hope

Dear ZedTears, A good teacher can inspire hope

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“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” _Brad Henry

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

Let your mind see every detail

Dear ZedTears. Let your mind see every detail. _Ralph Marston

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“Let your mind see every detail of your own special version of the very best that life can be. If you could make the world exactly to your liking, consider very specifically just how that world would be. If you could spend your time doing precisely what you wish, how would the moments of your life be lived?” _Ralph Marston

Design, Art direction, Post 
By Philip Abang