Spotted! James Chin

There is nothing so soothing as sitting on a park bench surrounded by cooing pigeons pecking greedily at bread crumbs. James Chin perfectly captures this feeling with his Pigeon outdoor furniture. “With the furniture set I hope to promote communal activities by inviting people to come together and sit to have chats or meals. The set is made up of two different recycled carbon fibre pieces. Most of the pieces in the set are seen in a feeding frenzy while only one piece looks up curiously, as if inviting curious passerby to join in.”

James is a graduating product designer from NTU, school of Art, Design & Media. “My design encompasses practicality and function, with a preference for minimalistic beauty. My works that I do constantly challenge the existing normal. Most of my creativity is inspired by humour and the observation of life’s quirk.”

Singapore Design Week: Design Futures

(from the press release)

An exhibition by the Design Incubation Centre, Division of Industrial Design, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore; The Design Futures exhibition will be held at the National Design Centre of Singapore, in conjunction with the Singapore Design Week 2014.

What is the future landscape of design in Singapore? What new possibilities are there for the practice of design and what are the tools that will be relevant to the new generation of designers to navigate this changing terrain? These are some of the questions the Design Incubation Centre (DIC) has set out to investigate since its inception.

The exhibition will showcase research, projects and capabilities developed both in the Centre and in the Division of Industrial Design. Featured projects include Roly Poly, which touches on the realm of augmented sensibilities; Fusilli App, which allows users to customise bracelets through hand gestures, medical projects such as Functional Prosthetic Finger and interactive games like Pump-O-Mania.

The exhibition also features a 3D Scanning Event; “Collective Consciousness in 3D – An invitation to be digitised in 3D”. Part art installation, part documentation, part archival, the event invites the public to have themselves digitised in 3D using the 3D Scanning Technology. These 3D versions are available on a website for viewing, downloading or 3D printing.

The exhibition runs from 8 till 16 March at the National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road.

Spotted! Lucien Ng

Lucien Ng‘s just graduated with a Diploma in Communication Design from LASALLE, College of the Arts and he is now working towards a degree in Advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Lucien about his work: “Over the years my work and ideals have evolved many times, but now I would say that the most important thing for me/us – the younger generation – is tradition/history. We need to have a clear understanding of what tradition is before we can innovate. To make something new but at the same time respect the classics.”

CNY: Naiise Things For Good Fortune

Choy Charm Keychain designed by Singapore Souvenirs with FARM  - Choy Charm Necklace designed by Singapore Souvenirs with FARM - Huat Kueh Tote Bag designed by Wheniwasfour - Pigxel Piggy Bank by Randy Chan, ZARCH COLLABORATIVES - Everybody Huat Ah T-Shirt designed by Statement - Peranakan Coffee Table designed by art from junk -  A Bag of Gold designed by Yong Jieyu - Hong Bao designed by FARM.

Our new outfit is finally hanging in our closet. So, what else needs to be done as we gear up for CNY? We need to stock up on stuff to boost our good fortune of course.

The Naiise folks have a serious way with the art of shopping for quirky-cool design products, and they curated a collection just for us. Think a block of wood to dispel and neutralise unlucky omens, a Huat Kueh representing wealth and prosperity, a T that says “Everyone, let’s get rich” and more.


Project Plug: #typesettingsg by Sun Yao Yu

The #typesettingsg project by Sun Yoa Yu is totally worth making a fuss about. Letterpress typesetting is a slow, most intricate process and the pieces of print  produced using this tactile technique are simply beautiful.

“It is basically a personal project to promote this traditional printing method using handset types. The handset typesetting era started in the 15th century and ended in the 70s, replaced with modern ways of printing. Although there has been a revival of letterpress, studios often use photo-polymer plates. The handset type printing method has been long forgotten. #typesettingsg also serves as the # for twitter and instagram to encourage more interaction with the public.” – Yao Yu.

This man deserves some serious respect!


’cause it’s Christmas with Ying Zhen

I came across these fantastic cards on the NUS Coop e-store. They are designed by Ying Zhen, a final year Industrial Design student from the National University of Singapore. Find out how they were made …

“The ring pattern on the greeting card is created from the application of chromatography using the tree extract obtained from boiling the tree branches. Chromatography is a method of separating a mixture by passing it in solution or suspension through a medium in which the components move at different rates. For each successive layer, the number of drops used was reduced and over 3,000 drops was placed in creating the pattern. Two designs were produced using the branches of Rain tree and Tembusu tree which were found within the campuses of National University of Singapore. Although the process of creating each of them is laborious, the end result never fails to intrigue me. Each pattern seems to have a life of its own, which has an uncanny resemblance to tree rings that grows with age as if the tree is making a drawing to unveil memories that is deeply rooted within its core.”

Make sure to watch the video showing the process of making the rings. Awesome!

Spotted! Warren Tey

Warren Tey is a year 3 student at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), majoring in Visual Communication. Last month Warren received a Behance Appreciation Award and flicking through his portfolio it’s really not hard to see why.

Warren: ”When I enrolled at ADM, I knew for sure that I wanted to be in Visual Communication. I was studying film before, but I always had a love-hate relationship with it. Over time, I realized my growing appreciation for graphic design. So when I finally had an opportunity to study something different, I did. What I find so intriguing about graphic design is that it might look so easy at first, but the moment you try your hand at it you realize how much effort it takes. Within that single 2D surface there is already so much to consider: typography, materials, composition, colors etc. I also recognize that I still have so much more to learn in this field. In my designs, I always try to make sure that there is a distinct concept that anchors the entire work together. From there I’ll explore different ways of portraying the chosen idea. To me the greatest challenge is always to come up with something fresh. That’s also why I constantly seek inspiration from the people around me, all from different disciplines and with different perspectives to offer.”

The Ang Ku Kueh Girl

“My products showcase our local heritage in a light-hearted manner and I inject food characteristics as well as local history and culture into my designs.”

Kueh Totes!  Kueh Soap!  A Kueh Folder! These are just a few designs by Wang Shijia that will leave you craving for your guilty treats and squeeze out a smile somewhere along the way.

Shijia is the founder of Ang Ku Kueh Girl, a design house featuring local designs inspired by – you guessed it – local snacks and pastry. “Ang Ku Kueh Girl is inspired by a local Chinese pastry – ang ku kueh (红龟粿); this pastry signifies good fortune and longevity. Ang Ku Kueh Girl is cute and has distinctive local characteristics, for example, she wears her slippers almost everywhere! Ang Ku Kueh Girl also likes to play traditional games like bubble-blowing, hopscotch and five stones with her brother, Ang Ku Kueh Boy and her friends like Png Kueh Girl. In addition, we have also reinterpreted Singapore’s 1980s national campaigns like the “Stop at 2 Children” and “Speak Mandarin” campaigns with Ang Ku Kueh Girl as the main character. This series is a cheeky take on our memorable 80s campaigns.”

Lavender soap …nomnomnom … just how we like it!

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