PROJECTS

Selected books and websites I’ve worked on.

Designing with People and not just for People: A Publication by P!D (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. I helped to edit and organise the content of the studio’s report into a book targeted at general readers interested in 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 WY-TO curated for Singapore’s National Design Centre in 2015. Following the original exhibition’s approach of presenting the national design history in five decades, this 333-page volume further classifies the selected designs into themes, and includes detailed captions 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

This monograph of Singapore graphic design studio H55 is a dictionary of 55 terms commonly used by its creative director Hanson Ho. Starting from “Absolute” and ending with “Work,” this handy paperback outlines the philosophy of his award-winning outfit known for its systematic and efficient distillation of designs that are modern and pure. 

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 publication documenting how 32 public artworks and seats were conceptualized, produced and installed in the stations of Singapore’s mass rapid transit system network, the Circle Line, as part of its Arts in Transit programme. 

INDEPENDENCE (2012)

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.

Mosaic Memories (2012)

Illustrations by Wee Ho Gai
Photography by Zakaria Zainal
Published by Singapore Memory Project
Stories of how four Singaporeans remember the fast disappearing public playgrounds that were designed locally by the country’s public housing authority between the 1970s to 1990s.

Divercity Singapore (2010)

Edited by Cherian George
Illustrations by Morgan Chua
Published by Mix Media
A cartoon history illustrating how open Singapore has been to immigrants in its 700-year history from island to metropolis.

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.