One key lesson I learnt from one of my greatest graphic design tutor Tim Foster was flipping or reversing if you may 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 me art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.” _Mark Rothko
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.
Design, Art/Creative direction, Post
By Philip Abang
I was asked what diversity meant to me, so I thought I’d put this 0.17 second clip together.
Diversity to me is about embrace, the embrace of different race, ethnic backgrounds, gender or culture.
I have represented this by putting together different coloured pencils as a visual representation of different backgrounds from race, gender, culture or ethnicity, and certain keywords that reflect diversity from varied context.
I was thought to flip the word ‘Me’ to ‘We’ in design practice as collaboration, communication, working together as a team takes us farther than in isolation. Similar can be applied to diversity and other areas of life.
Diversity = Embrace. Diversity = We.
Design, Art direction, Post
By Philip Abang
Song credit: Keith Kenniff - Receives