Bon anniversaire Le Prof Wenger

Hello ZedTears, Bon anniversaire Le Prof Wenger
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I believe one of the best things about managing people is that we can influence lives in a positive way. That’s basically what a manager is about. When I can do that, I am very happy. _Arsene Wenger

I want to cease this opportunity to wish Arsene Wenger a happy birthday. You have been one of the greatest managers the English Premier League has ever seen. You helped change it’s history and arguably the way modern football is perceived and played. You are one of the greatest Arsenal manager of all time, and many will agree that you are the greatest. You made history going an entire season with a team that was unbeaten thus garnering worldwide recognition and tagged The Invincibles.

I have been a huge admirer of your works, your ethos, and how you exude class. Your quotes are gold especially for me being a sucker for one. How about this for a start…

“A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”

Your sense of humour is epic. There is no denying that the English media miss all that you brought to the table, your constant battle zipping your elongated and oversized coat at most match days thus giving the viewers a bucket full of laughter, montages of gold footage, your press conferences, your banter with other rival managers but above all your incredible intelligence of the ‘beautiful game’ and life itself.

Thank you for inspiring this sketch

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Let me once again thank you for inspiring my third post ‘Confidence’ on the ZedTears platform…

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Thanks for inspiring this project Football and Tech. You’ve been an advocate for sport science and VAR from the cradle.

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Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art. _Arsene Wenger

Happy birthday Arsene Wenger.

#genius #great #class

Find some of Arsene Wenger’s amazing quote here.

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration
By Philip Abang

 

 

 

 

Life is a succession of moments

Life is a succession of moments. Corita Kent #1

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Many thanks to Chris Do, Founder/CEO of Blind and The Futur for yesterday’s YouTube life stream Why Redesign the Dropbox Logo? Design Master Brian Collins Explains. I have learnt so much about design from Chris Do, his lectures, talks and videos. I am a big fan.

Chris Do is one of the most influential designers presently in my opinion, changing the way design is viewed and communicated. He also teaches about the business of design. The wealth of knowledge which he has accrued over the years as a designer, director, strategist and educator, is helping both young and experienced designers on new ways of approaching design and strategy.

One of his greatest attributes is his act of giving. He features some of the biggest names from the design industry on his media channels. His kind gesture also extends by featuring personalities from a non design background.

Yesterday’s live stream was remarkable featuring Brian Collins, CEO/Founder of Collins. Brian Collins’ achievements are immeasurable. His design work spreads across brands like Coca Cola, Ogilvy, Spotify, Dropbox and so much more. Collins was sensational, sharing tips on how he approaches design and branding. It was nice to see him surrounded by books from his office library which contained over 2000 books. He states that “books are rockets, they can take you anywhere, past, future…”  — Books are the genesis in helping you create new and future design solutions by looking through past designs.

These are my take away from the live stream:

Seek influence or inspiration outside of design (if you are a designer).

Design something that will last for a long time.

Extend your idea through time, and be in the moment.

Put sincerity and honesty in your work.

Be authentic and extraordinary.

Fame is easy but mastery is hard.

Seek mastery.

Mastery takes time, mastery is earned.

Poetry is branding.

Brands are based on two things, the familiar and the surprising.

Brian Collins also shared the work of Corita Kent, a nun, artist and educator. Corita Kent is one of his influences. Her works are a breathtaking. Her philosophy in life is as the quote denotes; “Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.”

It is good to be in the moment, and appreciate the little details which are often ignored.

I will be sharing more wonderful quotes from Corita Kent and more insights from design icons and role models from the industry.

Thanks again Chris Do and Brian Collins, you are both geniuses.

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration, Post 
By Philip Abang

Believe

Verse 35. Believe

Believe

Believe..

“If you don’t believe in your work who else is going to believe in it?” _Milton Glaser.

Inspirational words from a graphic design icon and one of my favourite designers of all time; designer of the iconic ‘INY’ logo.

The saying applies to whatever work you do be it a designer, an illustrator, an artist, a blogger, musician, photographer, painter, writer, doctor, psychologist, nurse, etc.

If I didn’t believe that my posts could inspire myself and at least one person out there, I wouldn’t be posting at all.

Meanwhile, thank you for finding this post inspiring.

Believe in your work, simples!

Design, Art/Creative direction, Post 
By Philip Abang

 

 

Kojo

Dear ZedTears. Kojo by Tambu Geeray

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So young Kojo ran as fast as his feeble legs could carry him. He knew he couldn’t outrun his pursuers but had to keep going.

Qotari’s voice echoed through the forest as though from a thousand sad choirs. “Run Kojo, run!”

He had just seen Qotari go down like a tree without roots. Was he dreaming?

“Shoot him, shoot his legs you fools”, he heard one of the men say.

What was happening? Who were these people and where have they emerged from? Would a lovely day turn bloody in split seconds? Was that the last he saw of Qotari?

Immersed in this sea of thoughts, he kept running and wouldn’t stop.

He was gasping for breath and in need of rest but the angry voices behind made it a luxury he couldn’t afford.

He would rather go down like a haunted endangered specie than see it coming…he thought with defiant finality.

The gunshots kept ringing behind him with bullets ricocheting against iroko trees all about. He heard a loud cry, more like a roar. That was the last he heard of Qotari, he knew.

“Shoot the kid! Don’t let him get away you bloody amateurs!”, he heard their leader yell out again.

Still buried in his thoughts while running, Kojo tripped on some undergrowth and went tumbling down a steep cliff into what turned out to be a cave.

Exhausted from the entire ordeal, he opened his eyes and looked around. A lion’s den, he thought. He was going to be devoured by whatever beast lived there, he realised helplessly.

There would be no rescue. He clenched his little fists in anguish and sobbed uncontrollably, convinced that it would end there.

Finally he opened his eyes facing the ceiling of the cave, he could only hear the angry voices of an angry lot. He gazed at all that lay around and above him, all he saw was sticky walls full of Spirogyra and stalactites.

Qotari was gone, he would follow sooner or later, vanished in a nightmare.

…The beginning…

_By Tambu Geeray

Tambu Geeray sent me a brief introduction to a book he is currently writing inspired by an African folklore. The story of Kojo, hailing from a tribe on the verge of extinction similar to a fictional documentary project I worked on about the life of Tora.

Worth checking out “Not Just a Pretty Face” also by Tambu GeerayGreat stuff!

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration, Post
By Philip Abang
Credit: Tambu Geeray - Kojo