Author: Justin Zhuang

JUSTIN ZHUANG is writer and researcher with an interest in DESIGN, CITIES, CULTURE, HISTORY and MEDIA. I run a Singapore-based studio In Plain Words and a recent graduate from the MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Lessons in the “New Ugly” School of Design

“If we always follow the rules set by designers who lived in the 20th century—but we live in the 21st century—then what are we blindly following?”

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Colour and Design

Conversations with Singapore designers on colour, a series commissioned by Dulux and &Larry:

[FEATURED] Devour the extensive design feast that is The Singapore Graphic Archive

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The Singapore Graphic Archive is a visual treat for any design enthusiast. Founded in 2011 by Justin Zhuang, the archive is a treasure trove of vintage Singaporean design created before the 2000s. The entire archive, in its web and Instagram form, is solely down to Justin’s interest in his country’s design history.

After writing a book titled Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singapore since the 1960s, Justin compiled his research into the archive. Collecting material from interviewees, old newspapers, publications and more, the archive highlights beautiful design from matchboxes to bus times guides uncovering Singapore’s rich layers of history, from its colonial past to its economically prosperous present.

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