Spotted! Nico Lim

Nico Lim is a 22-year-old Graphic Designer/student working on her degree at the London College Of Communications. The featured project is Nico’s submission to the YCN European Student Awards, for the artisan paper company Fedrigoni, and takes inspiration from the movie Interstellar and the theory of Black Holes. Nice!

Random Blends 2015 : Inter (_____)

Scrap Snag by Lim Ying Hao Vincent, Darius Foo Tsien Wei, Janell Tan Shi En and Lee Gim Koon.
With the efficient government taking over the role of recycling old items and keeping the city clean, Karang-Guni men increasingly face difficulties in sustaining their livelihoods. Scrap Snag is an interactive role-playing game that allows players to compete against “government personnel” by bringing recyclable ideas back to the “central recycle station” under a time limit.

The Loneley Flag by Ng Kwok Yang Paul
The Lonely Flag is a short excerpt that seeks to reflect the changing attitudes of Singaporeans towards the displaying of the national flag during National Day. In recent years, there has been a declining trend in the number of households who exhibit their flags during National Day. In scrutinising this trend, the author hopes to challenge readers to contemplate the significance of displaying the flag, and questions if this overt display is indeed nothing but a meaningless ritual.

Mini-ons of Manhattan by Jeremy Chan, Joshua Wong and Yap Yoke Ling
Mini-ons of Manhattan is a light-hearted and engaging spoof using humour to critique and poke fun of the commonly-used tropes found in Hollywood movies, specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tongue-in-cheek language and drawing, alongside the less-than-serious script, are the fundamental building blocks of the sequential art piece, and the piece is meant to entertain, according to its creators.

World Poverty Map by Goh Raphael
World poverty remains one of the biggest threats facing humanity in the modern day. This infographic sheds light on the different levels of poverty faced around the world, and shows how trends in different regions have changed over time. At the same time, it challenges readers to relook the global rich-poor gap and question if more can in fact be done to bridge the existing gulf.


Next Saturday will see the opening of Random Blends 2015,  the National University of Singapore’s annual Communications and New Media (CNM) student showcase. In conjunction with SG50 and NUS110, this year’s exhibition celebrates kampong nostalgia and technological innovation.

“The artwork revolves around the theme “Inter (_____)”, which focuses on audience interactivity and meaning making. Exhibits include games, application prototypes, infographics, comics and photograph series. Alongside art pieces contemplating Singapore’s past, present and future, the exhibition will also feature prototypes incorporating interactive new technology such as Google Cardboard, a virtual augmented reality tool, and iBeacon estimotes, exciting location-aware mobile technology.”

Random Blends opens on 4 April and runs until 6 April at the ArtScience Museum.

Spotted! Grace Kwan

Something modern, something playful, something utilitarian and something made completely by hand, that is what Grace Kwan creates for her label GSEWS. Grace went to Architecture school but her interests have always meandered around her creative endeavors. She took a leap and dropped out of school after two and a half years to throw everything into the making of customisable bags. “The most crucial thing was that I could design without submitting to the likes of others, which was the case in architecture school. Now, I get a sense of fulfillment every time customers get back to me and let me know how much they love their items.”

GSEWS started out as a carousell account selling ready-made tote bags. “Soon it grew into a made-to-order business when customers started to ask for different features on their tote bags, straps of different lengths, more inner pockets, etc. I built my website as a tool to ease the hassle and inherent complications of customisation because certainly not everyone is a visual animal who can picture what things look like together in their mind.”

Browse more products by GSEWS here.

The Lucas Lamp Series by Deslogue

Deslogue is a young start-up, conceived and run by two Industrial Designers with a passion for crafting interesting and affordable lifestyle products. Clement graduated from the industrial design programme at the National University of Singapore in 2012, and is now based in Atlanta. Lim Kim graduated from the industrial design programme at the National University of Singapore in 2014. “Design experimentation forms the core of our business, and we use a range of digital fabrication tools and custom-built software to support our research and development.”

Lim Kim about their first design: “Lucas is a lamp created from a mathematical logic. We designed Lucas from our proprietary algorithm that allows a myriad of different lamp designs for different contexts. This algorithm unfolds each shape into its flat modules for digital fabrication. You will find that the resultant form, after assembly, not only secures itself to the bulb but also serves as both a light reflector and diffuser.”

The Lucas Lamp series is available at the Ion Orchard and Marina Square Home-fix store or online from Naiise and Hipvan. You can also view the lamps at the 2015 International Furniture Fair Singapore.

What’s goodies this CNY?

131 T-shirt by Wet Tee Shirt. Seven Lontongs Tee by Temasek Clothing.

CNY Throw Pillows by Ownselfdo. Pink Prosperity Red Packet by Tofu.

Spring Couplets Pin Set by WHENIWASFOUR. Goat Writsband by Little Red Box.

Chubby Chubby’s Pop-Oriental CNY Collection

Yes, it’s CNY holiday season and everyone is probably looking for something to dress up the lil’ ones, so here’s a hint for you, Chubby Chubby’s Pop-oriental CNY collection.

I love the candy shop pastels on the Hanako Sakura Cheongsams, the cool retro flower prints on the dolly Cheongsam and the triangle mandarin shirt with the multi-colour Chinese knot buttons. The collection is hand-made and unique, practical and fancy at the same time.

Say Hello to Noodles the Panda

Our favourite Panda was honoured in a resin toy designed by Visual Development artist and Toy Designer Sarah Isabel Tan . Noodles the Panda is Sarah’s first designer toy and we caught a glimpse of this lovable edition at the STGCC.

“Noodles the Panda loves to eat noodles and is always seen with a red bowl of ramen sitting atop his head. This hungry panda is made of polystone resin and measures about 4″ tall and 3.5″ wide.”


ampere, a Wireless Charging Phone Sleeve

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Industrial Designer Delane Foo was pursuing a degree at NUS Industrial Design, when she decided to take leave of absence and co-found Novelsys. Her first product, the ampere wireless charging phone sleeve launches today at 8.10 pm on Kickstarter. Wireless is one way of describing Delane’s first product; another way is ‘just-drop-and-charge-works-every-time’. The sleeve is made for Android and iPhone, comes in a petite or plus size and is available in blackest black, blushberry, brogue and -my choice colour- midnight black.

Here’s Delane, getting all technical on us: “ampere’s easily-accessible USB ports enable you to recharge the sleeve, charge an additional device, or to fast-charge your smartphone when you urgently need more power. Charging is four times faster than a normal USB. Designed with the highest build quality, ampere has a battery slimmer than a pencil, encased in unbending aluminium to dissipate heat, wrapped in premium, durable fabric that can weather the pressures of daily use. ampere includes a battery and wireless charger so you can keep your smartphone going all day. You can control when charging begins, monitor ampere’s battery levels in minutes and hours, use your phone to find ampere when you’ve misplaced it, and password-protect ampere.”


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