by Michele Adriaens, 11 Mar 2013 |
HDB by Chang Shian Wei.
The Dancing Joaquim by Quiet Studio.
Days of Lightning by ampulets.
Tembusu by Desinere.
National Bird of Singapore by Relay Room.
“An icon is symbolic. It can represent a set of beliefs, or values. It speaks of a particular time and place, a people and their culture.”
Today we are slobbering unashamedly at S U P E R M A M A‘s new project where five local design studios were invited to produce a graphic focussed around Singapore icons. Lovely!
About the project:
The Singapore Icons Studio Project is initiated by S U P E R M A M A to create a collection of ceramic ware with Japanese ceramic company KIHARA INC. The Project’s key design intent is to explore the possibility of identifying, beyond the Merlion, new Singapore icons. Five designers and design studios were invited to take part in this Project, and their exploration of what these new Singapore icons can be is launched as a collection of ceramic ware under S U P E R M A M A’s new label Democratic Society .
The ceramic wares can be bought at S U P E R M A M A at SAM 8Q.
Photo credit: Meng Kwang.
by Pat Law, 23 Feb 2013 |
Craft is the activity of creation; the honest, unrestrained pursuit of capturing the invisible beauty of a work, medium or material in all of its inherent glory.
Whether by an industrial process, a digital method or the human hand, each action is conscious, considered and always driven by the will of a highly skilled and trained individual – a craftsman.
This year, The Design Society comes back with a design festival comprising various components: a conference to kick off the event, a design trail, exhibitions, workshops, film festival and other fringe events.
For more details on the programmes, please visit The Design Society Festival 2013.
by Michele Adriaens, 11 Feb 2013 |
Tree super-talented ladies – Ada Leow, Wishing Wiffie and Pigologist - treat us all to some original illustrations and handmade creations in an indie online shop, 森，3 On Tree.
“We are a unique fusion of individual styles under one roof. Each of us is an individual tree that makes up a forest. Together we believe we can fulfill our dreams. We hope our little creations will excite and put a smile on you.”
Go on, have a look!
by Culturepush, 9 Feb 2013 |
Winner of Open Category
22-year-old multi-disciplinary designer Hong Ling Yang
“E.R.P. was conceptualised from the infamous complaining trait of Singaporeans. I believe the controversy surrounding this topic is close to the hearts of most citizens, hence, it would be a straightforward design many can relate to.”
1st Runner-up of Open Category
Head-hunter, Lee Chuen Li with her 2 daughters, Heather and Tara.
“After Heather’s and Tara’s first wrestling match with a chilli crab, we came up with their design, Culinary Art. We believe that food, and the love of it is what unites all Singaporeans. Our wish is for Singapore to continue celebrating its national pastime of culinary pleasures and multi-cultural diversity.”
Merit Award for Open Category
Artist and Illustrator, Mohammed Anwar Bin Rafiee.
“Singapore Icons is a mixture of influence from all things Singaporean – from famous local delicacies to the country’s surrounding greenery to architectures which constitute to the iconic skyline.”
1st Runner-up of Student Category
Researcher, Aaron Thong
“‘Eat, See, Conquer!’ is triggered by a classic favourite – Ice Kacang. Every time I see this desert, I am reminded of mountains.”
Held from 16 February to 3 March at The Arts House, GoodEyeDeer presents Mall Invasion is Singapore’s first T-shirt exhibition which showcases everyday Singaporeans’ personal interpretations and perspectives on the dot’s unique culture.
“The T-shirt designs were conceived from a competition named, “The Great T-shirt Hunt”, to dispute the perception that Singaporeans are apathetic and lack passion. At the end of the competition, ten individuals emerged triumphant with their various representations of Singapore’s unique way of life.”
by Michele Adriaens, 7 Feb 2013 |
Part visual communicator and part daydreamer, some would say that Eunice Yip sees the world through a slightly different lens. Originally hailing from the treacherous jungle of Singapore, her current stop is the fine city of Melbourne.
When she’s not busy slaying dragons, she’s usually caught up in a whirlwind of late nights, bright lights, some wins, some losses, kerning and (font-) shopping. This is what her world looks like when the dust has settled.
Eunice graduated in 2011 from the Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology (RMIT) with a BA (Hons) Design, Communication Design. Since then she has kept herself busy working for Studio Alto.
by Michele Adriaens, 26 Jan 2013 |
Giving in to the suppressed urge for retail therapy, I dropped by the Handmade Movement Craft Fair last Saturday, where BANWAGON gave me a look at their first delivery of leather accessories. With a focus on simply designed, high-quality leather pieces, the collection features a selection of wallets, penholders, cardsleeves and a few other items.
BANWAGON is founded by Lengfei Tok and Gareth Dean Lee, two graphic designers specialized in branding and visual Marketing. Lengfei has been designing bags and accessories for four years, Gareth simply loves to sew stuff.
Lengfei: “The concept of BANWAGON is to advocate the importance of consumers’ understanding of a brand. We envisage a future where most consumers will not only have their focus on the products but understand the brands’ philosophy and stories as well. I am the brand director, taking care of the branding and crafting the goods, Gareth designs the collections together with me.”
by Michele Adriaens, 24 Jan 2013 |
Mmmmmmm, printed loveliness by Nico Tan, a Singapore Polytechnic graduate with a Diploma in Media and Communication who is doing a BFA in Visual Communication at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. The year 3 student is a highly motivated lass who believes in designs that create experiences. In her free time, Nico indulges in her new-found passion, sewing. She also has plans to start a business of handmade goodies.
‘Umami / the fifth taste‘ is a hand-bound cookbook that captures the intricacy of Japanese cuisine and shares it in English and Chinese.
Nico about her book: “Umami is the fifth taste of Japanese cuisine. The cookbook is about the heart and soul of Japanese food. The heart is dashi-japanese stock and the soul is umami-the fifth taste. The book introduces the origins of umami, its use in the world and health benefits. motifs: Being an essential component of Japanese cuisine, it is symbolically represented by a delicate diagonal line permeating through a circle motif, dashi. Dashi is stock made from 5 key ingredients, kombu, katsuobushi, niboshi, shiitake and water. From this 5 different ingredients, 5 types of dashi can be made. The book features in-depth information about the ingredients and recipes for each dashi. It concludes with 5 accompanying cooking recipes for each dashi. interaction: The recipe section has more recipes printed on perforated pages for ease of use. Users can refer to the recipe slips that can be torn and taken into the kitchen when cooking. Each recipe slip has an ingredient shopping list that users can bring along on grocery shopping trips. Users can keep the torn slips into the compartment at the back of the book after use. The meticulous ways of a Japanese chef is not only translated in content but also in the thoughtfulness of the book’s visual and interaction design.”
by Michele Adriaens, 19 Dec 2012 |
Browsing though Jon Lim‘s work for the band For This Cycle offers insight into his talent for graphic design.
“Sometime after I finished my A levels, I realised that graphic design’s the only thing I see myself doing for the rest of my life. To quote Yann Martel, I had found an endeavour into which I was willing to pour all my energy. Then began a mad rush to assemble a credible portfolio. With clients ranging from the Ministry of National Development to local singer/songwriter Weiwen Seah (For This Cycle) thus far, I’m starting to believe I actually stand a chance at doing this.”