ABOUT

Justin Zhuang is a writer and researcher who sees the world through design. Together with Sheere Ng, they run the Singapore-based writing studio, In Plain Words.

The journalism graduate has contributed to various architecture and design publications, including Singapore design magazine CUBESas well as overseas publications 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. Besides creating media about design, he has also founded the Singapore Graphic Archives and Singapore Design Archives, two platform for documenting 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. Returning to Singapore in 2015, he has continued running his practice while teaching Cultural and Contextual Studies to graphic design students at the LASALLE College of the Arts and creating design books on Southeast Asia as an editorial consultant for Thames & Hudson.

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