Sunday, June 12, 2022

MINIMALIST design

 

Romans 8:5-6

King James Version

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; 

but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; 

but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.


It was a lovely day outside.

I had set up the hangers in a closet.

They were Japanese-made wooden hangers.

Lovely to look at.

Easy to use.

I love hearing the clanging they made with the other.

The light was too good to ignore.

I took a photo.

That was the result above.

How the light played with the elements.

How the elements loved the light.

How the hangers fell in place.

Perfect composition.

Such is design, for me.


Simple.

Fun.

Functional.

Unpretentious.

Useful.


Everything seems to breathe.

You use available elements.

Such as natural light.

Natural ventilation.

You use less of the world's resources.

Really pretty simple.

You love the purity of line.

The simplicity of structure.

The perfect function of things.

Things are designed for people.

Not people, for things.

You possess things.

Bur are not possessed by things.

Always have heart, when you design.

Tantamount to saying, always have GOD, when you design.

Or whatever work you may do.


Having less doesn't necessarily means you're poor.

Having less can mean you've gone beyond materialism.

You know what matters most.

Not wishing to acquire more, than you already have.

But always making room for more important things.

Such as GOD, others, service.


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MAKE reading FUN

 


Matthew 18:1-4

King James Version

18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, 

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, 

and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, 

the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


How can reading be fun?

Simple.

DESIGN an EASY-to-READ book.

A childlike book, for one.

Never mind that it might be for you.

A grown up.

Important thing is you're learning.

Everyone's learning.

The fun way.

The easy way.

And the learning sticks.

There is no pretension.

No philosophy.

Only play.

I have such a book.

It has pull-out, fold-outs.

And a HUGE map of the U.S. on the last page.

The book was published by Publishers International, Ltd.

I've had it for quite sometime, at least 12-15 years.

It was part of my ongoing search for something cool.

Something educational.

Something simple.

Something true.

Inexpensive.

For it was bought at a thrift shop.

That's where you find "treasures".


I used to read TONS of books.

After becoming born again, I only needed the Bible.

Nevertheless, I kept this "States" book for fun.

As writer, designer, and communicator, I found it a model design for a book.

Keeps your brain cells young.

And happy.

I always feel like that when I find a "find".

Thus, I keep it forever.

Like a child who's found a really cool toy.

The bulk of my books have been given away, sold, or thrown.

When GOD makes you born again, you know the stuff you need to throw.

The rest are kept for the cool subject, the content, the large letters, the weightlessness of the book, the fun colors, and images.

And the kindness of the author and publisher -- for doing all that.

One would think you're buying the book for a child.

"Are you buying the book for your child?"

'Nah, it's for me!"

With matching, wide grin.

Unapologetic.

Well, I'll forever be childlike.

That's how I understand the Bible.

As you can expect, I bought a Bible with LARGE letters.

I only care to know GOD's TRUTH.

No pretensions.

No distractions.

Just the WORD.

And yes, no need for pictures.

GOD's WORD suffices.

It is LIFE itself.


Make reading fun.

Write simply.

Design simply.

Write, to be read.

Don't write, to impress.

People want to learn.

Make it easy for them.

Pray to be born again.

WATCH how things will change.

You will create superb material.

Only because the SPIRIT of GOD is guiding you.

Let your work stand on those merits.

Don't worry who may buy.

SPIRIT will take care of that.

Faith, dear writers, teachers, designers, and publishers.

It's all about FAITH.

Let GOD take over.


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Sunday, May 22, 2022

SAND shortage?

 

Matthew 7:26-27

King James Version

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, 

and doeth them not, 

shall be likened unto a foolish man, 

which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, 

and the floods came, 

and the winds blew, 

and beat upon that house; 

and it fell: 

and great was the fall of it.


There's a fictional character called "Sandman".

He's supposed to sprinkle sand in children's eyes, making them sleep.

Is there a Sandman sprinkling sand in our eyes?

Making us spiritually sleep?

Are we really having a sand shortage?

Are industries in a panic for they can't build, or chip?

After all, sand is used in concrete, in glass, in electronics.

And in whatever man has deemed it necessary for.

I do know what I see around.

An over-supply of buildings.

Lots of electronic, obsoleted junk.

An overturning of still-decent roads, and sidewalks.

Contractors building, right and left.

I also know what else I see.

Wastefulness.

If there's an over-supply of buildings, how come many are homeless?

Roads and sidewalks are overturned.

Each time administrations are overturned.

New mayors replace projects of previous mayors.

Construction never ends.

All is dust, soil, silica.

Who really benefits?

We are the Sandman ourselves.

We have put sand in our own eyes.

We don't see clearly anymore.

Our vision's grainy.

All of us have fallen asleep.

While many are still homeless, jobless, starving.

On the forgotten fringes of society.

That's not how GOD designed the world to be.

John 15:12

King James Version

12 This is my commandment, 

That ye love one another, 

as I have loved you.


You've also read Genesis.

In six days, GOD created.

Genesis 1:31

King James Version

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, 

and, behold, 

it was very good

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


ALL His designs are intelligent, and purposeful.

For, it's for GOD's pleasure.

Colossians 1:16

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible,

 whether they be thrones, 

or dominions, 

or principalities, 

or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:


Why, then, do we waste GOD's resources?

Why do we build concrete structures, and blow them up anyway?

Why do we build structures for industries, and not for people?

Why do we produce movies that blow up everything?

Why do we make everything so expensive?

Why do we destroy decent roads and sidewalks?

Why do we build dead cities?

We do all that, because it reflects our soul.

We are all spiritually dead.

Romans 6:1-2

King James Version

6 What shall we say then? 

Shall we continue in sin, 

that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. 

How shall we, 

that are dead to sin, 

live any longer therein?


Let us make wise use of resources.

Let us not create artificial shortages.

Let us create something useful for each other.

Let us make everything affordable for each other.

Let us not be beholden to pride, greed, and vanity.

Let us not lust for things of this world.

Let us truly love one another.

Let us not play favorites.

For GOD favors no one.

Perhaps, it's true.

We're out of sand.

We're out of time.


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

How a CHILD would DESIGN

 

Matthew 18:3

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


Sure you want a child to design?

Or to create art?

Then, you must let him.

Brace yourself.

Prepare yourself.

To fall off your chair.

Or to be wowed.

To appreciate what you never thought of.

Or what you'd never even think of doing.

Such as drawing on your newly-painted walls.

Or leave a trail of stuff all over the place.

Expect lots of unfinished "projects".

Expect unusual combinations.

Expect a desire for privacy.

What is she drawing?

She won't show you.

Till she's ready.

Expect a giggle.

Lots of mirth.

And then she presents it.

She drew a dragon.

Breathing fire.

In a purple skirt.

"That's you!"

"Me?"

"Yup!"

Or depicting that crazy hairdo of yours.

Well, can't blame her.

That's how she sees you.

The thing about children -- which JESUS loved -- is this:

They're so first base.

They're so original.

They're so creative.

They're so imaginative.

And yes, their ideas are wild.

To the mercifully untrained, and unadulterated mind, a tree can be orange, and an orange -- the fruit -- can be green.

A dress can be a blouse.

A pair of pants must be a pair of shorts.

Different color socks are more exciting.

And please, don't put hats on them.

That'll be thrown away, or stomped on.

First chance they get.

I'm perpetually stumped at adults who are gender-crazy.

They put headbands and clips on their baby girls.

Just making sure they won't be mistaken for boys.

Child cries.

Child can't wait to take off.

How can you cramp and clamp that brain?

You must leave the child's brain alone.

It's a work in progress.

Let the scalp breathe.

Let the brain blossom.

What identity crisis?

You're the one with the identity crisis.

All babies are basically born bald.

Please don't pull the few dainty hair, putting clips and bands and ribbons.

And you wonder where these went after a while.

In a panic, you check if your child swallowed it.

No wonder parents are so stressed.

They project themselves too much on kids.

They want their kids to be geniuses.

I heard it's genetic?

Are we geniuses?

Did GOD make a mistake creating us?

Surely, we each have our own genius?

Leave the kid be.

Let the SPIRIT of GOD in that child be.

Let GOD and the child play.

And be amazed at what they can do.

You've seen how GOD creates.

Everything is for His pleasure, and purpose.

Well, the little ones pretty much think along the same line.

That's why JESUS loves having them around.

Matthew 19:13-15

King James Version

13 Then were there brought unto him little children, 

that he should put his hands on them, and pray

and the disciples rebuked them.

14 But Jesus said, 

Suffer little children, 

and forbid them not, 

to come unto me: 

for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

15 And he laid his hands on them

and departed thence.


Now, I spotted some kitchen cabinets a friend had.

He's waiting for his handyman to finish the job.

GOD and I thought up an idea.

Blank canvases.

Someone please tie my hands.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The WHITE weasel

 

Genesis 1:24-25

King James Version

24 And God said, 

Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, 

cattle, and creeping thing, 

and beast of the earth after his kind: 

and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind,

 and cattle after their kind, 

and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: 

and God saw that it was good.


If there's one thing GOD designed me for, it's probably to laugh at anything downright funny.

I was praying before bedtime, thanking GOD for everything.

Then remembered the white weasel from a BBC Earth documentary I watched yesterday.

I started laughing.

Simply had to tell you about it today.

Sure, people use the word "weasel" to describe an untrustworthy person.

Someone who'll "weasel" their way through something.

After watching the video, I realized what they meant, merely because of this creature's way of rapidly moving about.

(Not to mention what other sites say about his destructive abilities.)

What caused me great laughter was at how he dragged a mouse he had preyed upon, put on reserve, from his underground snow den.

To keep himself warm, the weasel took out tufts of the rat's fur, covered himself swiftly and sporadically with it, then just as quickly, dozed off.

Just like that.

Nestled against his prey, too.

When you watch such documentaries, you'll be amazed at GOD's creation.

At how He designs everything perfectly.

And with great humor, and creativity.

Every creation, plant, human, animal, earth, has its own distinct character, and characteristic.

The earth is truly GOD's playground.

And to think He created everything in just SIX days.

Genesis 1:31

King James Version

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, 

and, behold, 

it was very good. 

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


If you have the heart of a child, you will marvel at GOD's creation.

And laugh.

Uncontrollably.


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Sunday, May 8, 2022

What is DESIGN?

 

Psalm 19:1

King James Version

19 The heavens declare the glory of God; 

and the firmament sheweth his handywork.


How would you define "design"?

Strangely, in the five years I was in college, taking up Architecture, no one defined it.

Everyone presumed we'd know it.

Thus, everyone had ideas of what it would be.

But let me tell you how the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD defined it last night, just as I was preparing for bed.

Just as we had written six articles before closing in.

Here's how SPIRIT defined DESIGN:

"The creation of something with purpose."


What a MAGNIFICENT definition!

Of course, GOD's SPIRIT always has purpose.

Everything GOD created, had purpose.

Everything was for His purpose.

Nothing was random.

Nothing was by accident.

Everything was by purpose, perfection, and precision.

Everything reflected GOD's joy, creativity, and genius.

Even the way the Bible was designed was through "mathematical" precision.

No wonder no man could really define design.

No one knew.

Only GOD knew.

The farthest I got to understanding design during the early years, was through a revolutionary book.

Of how man copied nature in design.

But more on that in another post.

But who designed everything?

Who designed what man copied?

Aha!

You get it, right?

There is only ONE MASTER.

And He is CHRIST.

Everything was created by Him, for Him.

Colossians 1:16

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible, 

whether they be thrones, 

or dominions, 

or principalities,

 or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:


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BEST book DESIGN

 


John 1:17

King James Version

17 For the law was given by Moses, 

but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


The best BOOK design I ever came across?

It's an old Bible I bought at a thrift shop.

Had HUGE letters.

Bound simply, in black cloth.

Huge, but lightweight.

Nothing slick.

Nothing shiny.

No images, nothing.

Just the WORD of GOD.

How refreshing in this over-designed society.

Just the WORD of GOD speaking to you.

In its simple, beautiful clarity.

You know the difference among crafty lawyers, slick businessmen, egotistic designers, and the LORD?

Many differences, actually.

The first three will make sure you can't read their words.

GOD makes sure you can read His.

The first three will hide stuff.

GOD reveals stuff.

The first three will twist truth.

GOD reveals truth.

The first three will over-design.

GOD is simple.

The first three is all self.

GOD is all JESUS.

The differences can be summed up in one verse.

GOD's Bible says it all:

Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


Of course, there are Bible versions written for ants.

What were the publishers thinking?

But I'm not an ant.

I like reading LARGE, readable letters.

And that to understand the Bible, we need the SPIRIT of GOD.

Only the HOLY SPIRIT can teach us the WORD of GOD.

Only then can we have precise understanding.

GOD led me to His Bible 32 months ago.

SPIRIT led me to the King James Version (KJV).

It has been my SOURCE for GOD's TRUTH since.

The BIBLE is the MOST beautiful book in the world.

Get a people-friendly copy.

Get the simplest, the lightest, with HUGE letters.

Consider it a GIFT from GOD.

He knows your heart.

He will give you a copy suited for you.

He also knows who will actually read.

There can be no more excuses.

The Bible is not a prop.

It is meant to be loved.

Read, and respected.

Live by it.


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MINIMALIST design

  Romans 8:5-6 King James Version 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;  but they that are after the Spirit t...