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 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 FIVEFOOTWAY, an online journal about cities in Asia.

Zhuang has worked on various books and websites about design and urban life in Singapore. They include INDEPENDENCE: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s (2012), Mosaic Memories: Remembering Singapore’s Old Playgrounds (2013) and Control Chaos: Redefining the Visual Cultures of Asia (2020). A multimedia journalism website he co-authored, Reclaim Land: The fight for space in Singapore, won an award from the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore in 2009. Besides creating media about design, he founded the Singapore Graphic Archives to document local graphic design and aid research on the subject in the Southeast Asian city-state.

In 2013, Zhuang received 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 expanded his practice into teaching and also producing design books as a editorial consultant for Thames & Hudson.

If you have a commission or like to chat, please get in touch at justin@inplainwords.sg.