Not Just a Pretty Face

Dear ZedTears, Not Just a Pretty Face #2 By Tambu Geeray

Book Design. Book cover design. Graphic design. Not Just a Pretty Face. Philip Abang. Tambu Geeray

There he stood, looking at her
In ways she’s never been looked at
There was a lot to say
To give peace to her troubled soul
But the words wouldn’t come out

He feared the outcome of his eventual outpouring may spell doom
“Hold your tongue man,” he said to himself.
Still he held her so tight and gently placed his lips
On her left ear
Like he had found that perfect diction
Again, the words failed to come to fruition.

In his frustration, he reluctantly took another deep look in her eyes
As dark clouds gathered therein
In a whisper, slowly he said her name
Then hesitantly walked away
Doing all he could to stifle the tears from trickling down
Denying her the luxury of his weakness.

She didn’t want him to leave
But made no effort at holding him back
She had felt his heartbeat the whole time in that bitter-sweet embrace
Wishing he said something, anything
Even a true lie wouldn’t hurt now
But suffice beautifully

The spasmodic rhythm on his chest was too much to bear
There was more to this than mere words
Of that she was sure
She knew him so well to understand that right there
That heartbeat was that of a bird
Like Big bird in sesame street
In dire need to flap her wings and touch the sky.

With sad eyes she let him leave
She watched him close the door
And with parted lips, she knew he loved her
But something was missing.

Check out Not Just A Pretty Face #1 in case you missed Tambu Geeray’s beautifully written piece.

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By Philip Abang
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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.”

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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!

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By Philip Abang

 

 

Being a writer

Dear ZedTears. Being a writer

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It was really inspiring reading ‘The Bitter Price’ by Cristian Mihai. It is an excellent read.

Cristian Mihai talks about the price of being a writer. Beneath every success there is an underlying sacrifice or pain that one encounters. Referencing Oprah as one very successful and one that tells you you can be just as great. Well, maybe you can or maybe not! This is the pain of a writer.

To have lean muscles one must sweat and burn calories. The physique you gain as a result may be admired by some and probably not by others. The writer might gain success and fame or the reverse is the case. But the writer writes because they enjoy writing.

“You write from the heart because you enjoy the pain of being a writer.” _Cristian Mihai.

I love quotes so I do my best to design and post some on my site using expressive typography. Some days I get a few thumbs up by those inspired by the message, some days not at all. But my love for quotes lingers on as quotes are expressed as words, and words are powerful.

Designing peoples words (what they have said) and occasionally sharing my thoughts on my blog gives me joy.

“Not money, not fame, not glory, not even a thank you” as Cristian has eluded to, will be a stumbling block for the joys in the pain of designing these words that inspire others on certain days.

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By Philip Abang