One important lesson I learnt at design school

One important lesson I learnt at design school
It's all about me
Nope! You’re wrong
It's all about we
Yep! That’s right.

One key lesson I learnt from one of my greatest graphic design tutor Tim Foster was flipping the word ‘ME’ to ‘WE’. The message was that in uniting or in collaborating with others takes us and our ideas further than we could imagine.

To add to that, there is popular African proverb that goes, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This principle can be applied in all works and facets of life.

To go further, ‘WE’ go together.

It’s all about we, we, we!

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By Philip Abang

The Egg and Life metaphor

The Egg and Life metaphor

Your life is like an egg. life begins. Jim Kwik,

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Your life is like an egg. life begins.   Jim Kwik,,,.png
“Your life is like an egg. If an egg is broken by an outside force life ends, but if an egg is broken by the inside force, life begins.” Jim kwik

Great quote from one of my favourite speaker and Brain Coach.

I hope that my visual metaphor does it justice.

Have a brilliant day today.

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By Philip Abang

A little of what I love… Period

A little of what I love… Period

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I love pretty much everything to be honest, and I sincerely love my neighbours too period! 😉

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By Philip Abang

Look on the bright side

Look on the bright side.
no one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.
No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.

I came across this great quote from a friend. I am delighted to be sharing this powerful quote on this occasion as this marks my one hundredth post since starting on this platform.  I hope the image I created above serves as a visual metaphor to denote the great quote.

It’s been an honour to have met so many incredible individuals on this platform, sharing powerful and insightful contents. I hope to continue on this journey of growth, learning and discovery from this great platform.

This is to you that is optimistic, ambitious, passionate, a believer, an achiever, a goal-setter, a dreamer, a go-getter, a pacesetter, …I salute!

Keep looking on the bright side regardless of what obstacles you come across in your pursuit to excellence.

It has been a privilege sharing my works here.

Thank you once again for stopping by.

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By Philip Abang

Take a Moment, Be Thankful

Take a Moment, Be Thankful
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Take A Moment and be thankful to those that want you to succeed.

It’s been a while since my last post. Hope you are well. Last time I uploaded a post was on 1. 1. 19., how can I forget. To be honest, I am still saying my ‘Thank YOUs’, especially for being on this platform and meeting so many amazing and talent people. Life in general have been a good teacher despite its sweet and sour combination.

I learnt so many things from reading, listening and watching some incredible video contents. A lot were motivational, inspirational and educational. I guess you see why my ‘Thank YOUs’ lingers on. Collaborating with Dr Perry on Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour was truly special. I gained more friends in the community as a result.

Without wasting time, I am starting another website http://www.zedtears.com where I try to explore experimental image making to visually represent nerve pain or nerve sensations in abstract forms. It is a different kind of challenge I know, but it is truly remarkable how the nerves work if you’ve ever experienced any form of nerve issue or nerve pain. I will also attempt to explore pain in general. I have carried out a few interviews where I try to examine how people describe any form of pain condition they are going through or been through. Some of these will feature on the platform.

Pain, be it psychological, emotional, or physical is non-visual. The question is, can abstract images visualise pain? A Picture speaks a thousands words they say. One thing I can say though is that pain by its nature is abstract. People describe their pain in metaphorical or in abstract terms because they can’t physically see it but they can feel it.  Let’s attempt to capture our pain in writing or other forms and express these in a form of art, how about that?!

The images that I create are visual representations and are entirely open to interpretation. You are welcome to join me as I explore the abstract world of pain.

Your thoughts and comments are highly welcomed.

Visualising pain by Philip Abang

Abstract image denoting the a form of nerve sensation.

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By Philip Abang

 

 

 

31.12.18 and Thank YOUs

31.12.18 and Thank YOUs

Thank You.

I know it is New Year’s day at some regions/places. It is 22.40 GMT here at the United Kingdom. I will like seize this moment to thank you all for being part of this adventure of mine.

I started my website in late February 2018 and posted my first blog post on Mar 4, 2018 7:07 PM titled Happiness followed by Potential and Confidence respectively.

Some of my favourite posts have been Living, Together, Storybook, and of course, Kojo and Not Just a Pretty Face by Tambu Geeray respectively. I must state that Collaborating with Tambu Geeray brought out the best in my design concept to bring his story to life.

96 posts and counting, I wouldn’t have been here without the amazing followers and readers that have become a huge part of this journey.

My initial intention when I started was to at least have someone have a peek at my portfolio (which seems outdated now) having gone and studied Graphic Design as a mature student and doing the best I could. Life is about learning and discovery, and also rising to challenges. Studying Graphic Design in my mid to late thirties was no exception. It was very tough, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Imaging not trying at all. I gave my all despite my struggles, and in the end I graduated with a First Class Honours in Graphic Design.

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” _Jack Canfield

In all these, I have met so many wonderful people along the way, and on the WordPress platform I have discovered some gems in people, their writings and stories. Simply amazing!!

Thank You

This post barely has the space to express my gratitude. But here is to you all that have helped shaped and moulded me to who I have become. I can proudly say that I blog, I design, I inspire (I’d like to think so), I aspire, I illustrate, I……,  I TRY.

2019 holds greater challenges but we will all rise to the occasion. Let’s go!!!!!!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and have a blessed 2019.

Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Abang

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By Philip Abang

Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour

Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour. _Dr Perry

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Life is an ever-changing blend of sweet and sour, sometimes it parallels the sweetness of honey and other times it can be as sour as a lemon. It is easy to become overwhelmed when we think of the frailty of life. Every day of our lives we have one foot stepping forward into the unknown while the other momentarily remains suspended in the past. Life is a flux of constant energy in motion. We grasp for it, only to momentarily hold onto it, as it slips away.

I wish I had the ability to suspend the forward motion of time. I would choose to live in certain moments of my life; only moving on when I was completely ready to do so. Sadly, life does not allow us to hit the pause or replay button. Every moment blooms and wilts replaced by countless others. We must treat our time with reverence and not waste it foolishly. Life should be lived consciously and not in a state of reverie.

Dr Perry.
MakeItUltra™ Psychology

I read Dr Perry’s Awaken The New Year 2019 and I was totally blown away by how he poetically summed up ‘life’. Being a lover of words and quotes, I reached out to Dr Perry to permit me to post these two paragraphs from his post. Being the gentleman that he is, he kindly accepted. I did what I usually do as a designer and that is to give a visual context using text and image to elicit the emotional connotation of what he was trying to convey.

I would highly recommend that you visit Dr Perry’s blog which is packed with words of wisdom and super knowledge on psychology and state of being.

Have a beautiful time.

Many Thanks.

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By Philip Abang

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

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By Philip Abang

The shackles of human expression

The shackles of human expression

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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.

_Deji Akingbaje.
Be the Verb, Not the Noun

This quote says a lot in my humble opinion, period!

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By Philip Abang