ABOUT

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 recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design Criticism program in New York contributes to various architecture and design magazines, including  Design Observer, Bangkok-based art4d, and American Institute of Graphic Art’s Eye on Design. 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.

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