Justin Zhuang is a writer and researcher with an interest in design, cities, culture, history and media. Together with Sheere Ng, he co-runs Singapore-based writing studio In Plain Words.

The journalism graduate has contributed to various architecture and design publications, including local magazines such as CUBES and Skylineas well as overseas titles such as Eye on DesignDesign Observer and Works That Work. Previously, he served as an editor for visual culture publication The Design Society Journal and the now defunct FIVEFOOTWAY, an online journal about cities in Asia.

Zhuang has worked on various books and websites about design and urban life in Singapore. These include INDEPENDENCE: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s (2012), Mosaic Memories: Remembering Singapore’s Old Playgrounds (2013) and School Crests Examination: The Stories Behind the Symbols (2013). A multimedia journalism website he co-authored, Reclaim Land: The fight for space in Singaporewon an award from the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore in 2009. He is also the founder of the Singapore Graphic Archives, a digital platform that collects local graphic design to aid research and discussions on design and culture in the Southeast Asian city-state.

In 2013, Zhuang was awarded the DesignSingapore Scholarship to study in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design Criticism program in New York. He is currently an adjunct editor at the Centre for Liveable Cities, and a Southeast Asia editorial consultant for book publisher Thames & Hudson.

Write to justin@inplainwords.sg, or follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.