Selected books, websites and projects
By Design: SINGAPORE (2019)
Additional stories by Sheere Ng, Don Wong, Vikas Kailankaje, Atelier HOKO, Timothy Misir and Jovian Lim
Design by Modular Unit
For DesignSingapore Council
A collection of 10 stories from the city-state of Singapore that reframe what design is today.
TOMORROW: Design Stories of Our Future (2017)
Concepts and Illustrations by Alfie Leong and Teresa Lim; Danny Tan and Caleb Tan; forest&whale and Koh Hong Teng; Hans Tan and André Wee; Joshua Comaroff and Esther Goh; Kinetic Singapore and Chris Chai; Nathan Yong and Ng Xinnie; Randy Chan and Lee Xin Li; STUCK Design and Dan Wong; Tan Cheng Siong and Sonny Liew
Project Concept and Design by BLACK
Exhibition Design by LAANK
What would a day in Singapore look like in 2065? Local designers and illustrators were paired up to each speculate on how an aspect of everyday life in Singapore would be transformed when it turns 100. Based on their concepts, I penned 10 vignettes to bring these stories to life.
Designing with People and Not Just for People (2016)
Written by Mizah Rahman and Jan Lim (Participate in Design (P!D))
Design by Studio VBK
Published by P!D
This book documents the research and work of Singapore-based participatory design studio P!D. Working off the authors original report, I helped reorganise and edit the content to create a book that is targeted at general readers interested in carrying out citizen engagement and community participation in the Singapore context.
Fifty Years of Singapore Design (2016)
Design by H55
Assisted by Dawn Lim and Sheere Ng
Published by DesignSingapore Council
This book expands upon the Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition curated by WY-TO for Singapore’s National Design Centre in 2015. Expanding on the original chronological approach, this 333-page volume introduces thematic collections, captions for all objects and a Singapore Design History Timeline.
Eating Together (2016)
Design by ROOTS
Photography by Caleb Ming (SURROUND), John Nursalim (VISUALMIND), Clarence Aw, Zeng Liwei and Samuel He (WEAVE)
Commissioned by FoodCine.ma
What does it mean to eat together? This exhibition examines the objects, systems and spaces designed to help us share food in this increasingly connected world. Far from a state of bliss, eating together serves up issues that takes time to digest.
Design Piracy Institute (2015)
Design by Melvin Tan and Darius Ou
For School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design Criticism
Set up to promote piracy as a force for creative innovation, this project builds upon my thesis Piracy & Design: Re-thinking Intellectual Property in the Third Industrial Revolution (2015), which examines how the rise of digital fabrication technologies is changing our understanding of piracy.
Word by Word We Build Ourselves (2015)
Design and published by H55
A dictionary of 55 terms commonly used by creative director Hanson Ho, the founder of Singapore graphic design studio H55. Starting from “Absolute” and ending with “Work,” this handy paperback that I edited outlines the philosophy of this award-winning designer who is known for his systematic and efficient approach to distilling modern-looking designs.
Singapore School Crests (2013)
Design by Somewhere Else
Photography by Jovian Lim
Published by Singapore Memory Project
An examination of over 100 Singapore school crest designs to trace the evolution of the country’s education system. This e-book also features interviews with teachers and students on memories they have of their school crests.
Art in Transit · Circle Line (2013)
Design by H55
Photography by Darren Soh
Published by Land Transport Authority
A collection of stories on the creation 32 public artworks installed in the stations of the Circle Line, a network of Singapore’s mass rapid transit system. They were commissioned as part of the Arts in Transit programme.
Design by H55
Published by The Design Society
The first-ever book tracing the evolution of the graphic design community in Singapore. The 376-page volume examines the scene from a socio-political standpoint, and contains interviews with pioneering designers as well as an album of their works.
Reclaim Land (2009)
Co-authored by Serene Cheong, Sam Kang Li, and Wong Shu Yun
Photography by Sam Kang Li
For Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
A website featuring stories of ordinary people in Singapore “reclaiming” spaces for themselves in a city where land use is tightly regulated by the state.