Hello, I am JUSTIN ZHUANG, a writer and researcher with an interest in DESIGN, CITIES, CULTURE, HISTORY and MEDIA. I run a Singapore-based studio In Plain Words and I am currently studying for my MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
My writings have been published in various magazines including the Design Observer, art4d, AIGA's Eye on Design, Singapore Architect, and POSKOD.SG. Previously, I've also served as editors for visual culture publication The Design Society Journal and an online journal about cities in Asia, FIVEFOOTWAY.
I've been involved in various publication projects over the years. I co-authored Reclaim Land: The fight for space in Singapore, a multimedia journalism website that won an award from the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore. Since then, I have written several books, including INDEPENDENCE: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s and Mosaic Memories: Remembering Singapore's old playgrounds.
My fascination with Singapore's design culture also led me to start D-D.SG to host documents and discussions as well as archive the city's designs.
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