Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Hello ZedTears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Thank You

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I haven’t been as active posting blogs or wonderful quotes on my site lately. I am in the process of moving home so it is physically tasking coupled with work and family activities. Although, I still do come across many inspiring quotes that I would have loved to design and post here but obviously things get overtaken by events.

I will love to share in depth why I do what I do, why I love to design quotes and why I use a degree of expressive typography in a subsequent post. But for now let me share my process of how I come across quotes. Leonardo Da Vinci once said that “learning never exhaust the mind”. My approach to learning lead to my path in Graphic Design. The first day I heard of the term ‘Graphic Design’ was the day I pick up the phone and called a few universities if they had vacancy so I could enrol. Thanks to my business partner at the time who mentioned it in conversation and thanks to UEL that had vacancy for me to start a new chapter in my life’s storybook. Learning is never too much in my opinion, we’ll keep learning and discovering new things until we cease to exist.

I try to pay attention to things that I read, watch or listen to. This approach often or most time lead to discovery and a wealth of knowledge. The quotes I post have come as a result. Some quotes posted have also come from some blogs read and from some amazing bloggers on this platform. I wasn’t aware of this platform until I shared my first post. By this I mean a channel where a community of great minds and awesome individuals shared great posts and contents. Sincerely speaking, when I shared my first post it was at the beginning of March 2018. My intention was to have a portfolio website displaying some of the works I had done and something extra that I could share my thoughts and my design process.

Enough of the blah blah blah! Not so long ago, I designed and posted a series of quotes on Corita Kent when she was mentioned in a YouTube video I was watching. I did a research on her and was blown away by this incredible woman, her works, her powerful and inspirational words. I was truly inspired. I could see why Brian Collins mentioned her in that video and why she is an inspiration to many designers, artists, painters, writers, you name it.

Recently, I have started posting on instagram, and shared these quote series there. The quotes had many likes and some comments too to my astonishment. I was discovering another world. The quotes were liked by Designspiration, Corita Art Center and more.

Last week I had a direct message from Corita Art Center based in Los Angeles, CA. saying how they loved my artwork and will like me to submit the artwork as they were celebrating Corita’s 100th birthday anniversary. The artwork is considered for the #coritaartcontest  #coritainspired, #corita100. Needless to say how humbled I was by this very kind gesture and for the work to be recognized. This is an indication that some things we put out or share could mean a great deal to others.

I wanted to share why I do what I do in a subsequent post but I might as well spill the beans on why I design quotes. I design quotes because I am inspired by the powerful words (I hope someone else shares my sentiment). I also design quotes because it lets me experiment with type and typography (as a graphic designer). I see typeface(s) as image(s). I design quote because it gives me so much joy in doing so. I design quotes as it has become somewhat of a hobby. I design quotes because I love quotes period.

The reason for the Corita Kent’s quotes was not to gain praises or recognition, it was for the reasons stated above. Words cannot fully express how grateful I am for the likes and recognition though, for the readers of my blogs and for the followers too. Without you I wouldn’t be wholeheartedly enjoying this process, and wanting to post more content.

I will be sharing my design process on how I created the Corita Kent artwork in a later post.

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Corita Art Center, and to the wonderful community of readers and followers of creatives.

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration, Mock up, Post 
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

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.

Design, Art/Creative direction, Illustration, 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