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Internationally acclaimed Indonesian artist Arkiv Vilmansa debuts in Singapore with his solo exhibition, One or Nothing, a graphical take on Singapore’s relentless pursuit of being number one. Singapore's first designer toy-inspired exhibition ‘One or Nothing’ is a series of twelve paintings that are based on uniquely Singaporean icons. The exhibition invites art and toy enthusiasts to explore the distinct Singaporean way of living through the perspective of an international artist. Arkiv's signature style incorporates fluid and curvaceous lines paired with bright vivid colours which is seen in many of his paintings. ‘Arkiv Instant’, his first vinyl toy figurine, is also one of his most recognised works. The exhibition runs at the FLABSLAB gallery at One Commonwealth from 16 November to 30 November. >>
By Invite Only™ presents its inaugural pop-up store at Nana & Bird with jewellery pieces that sums the year, yet welcomes the future. From all-time favourite pieces of the Nature//Nurture series that feature eye-catching crystals and stones, to new arrivals yet to reach stores, there is something for everyone. 26th & 27th November.
11am to 6pm. Nana & Bird. Blk 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02, Singapore, Singapore 160079. >>
Wake Me Up Music, Singapore's premium indie record label, is taking a long long nap after more than a decade of contribution to the Singaporean music scene. Before we take that nap, let's bring back the old times and have one hell of a party! The two-day show will feature current and past Wake Me Up Music bands and also other bands who have been such great friends to us. This will probably be the LAST TIME you'll see bands like Surreal, Sky in Euphoria, Vertical Rush, Marchtwelve, My Squared Circle and Pension State come together for a show like this. Show Details: Venue - Home Club (20 Upper Circular Road) Date & Time - 10 December 2011 (Sat): 8.00pm-10.00pm 11 December 2011 (Sun): 4.30pm-10.00pm Charge - $10 for 2-Day Pass (Tickets sold at door) >>
The brief is to create an invitation for an event, Annual General Meeting, incorporating the club’s theme for
the year, Venture: Breaking New Grounds. This direction chosen by the club is aimed to bring about change, through bold decisions and actions.
A regular invite (4-page fold) is given a quirky twist, with the thought of wood as the main element of the final product. Hence, a tactile project was the approach chosen to compliment the theme of the year and the nature of the club. It was important to also translate the personality of the club and its members, through the execution of the project.
A Wes Anderson colour palette was adapted upon request of the club. Various forms and dimensions of wood were used, finished with two layers of wood stains. Nails and hinges are also part of the final work measuring at 160mm x 230mm x 40mm.
“Perfect?” is a magazine about the Barbie doll. The topic deals with the conflicting views of the popular doll as a toy. By taking pictures we visualize the surrounding where the Barbie appears and who plays with it. Focusing on the composition between typography and pictures, we layout the magazine on a newspaper format.
Public-Library created the look book for the first collection of Nike Track and Field, a new line from Nike. The collection combines the performance needs of Olympic athletes with the aesthetic aspirations of the fashion conscious. Public-Library blended typographic treatments, image collaging, color applications, and copy writing to create a visual language that paces the NTF look book.
We all should be rejoicing when Singapore is being awarded a UNESCO Creative City of Design and especially so when we are one of the first two ASEAN cities to get the designation, alongside Bandung of Indonesia.
With so many the red tape and its restriction, campaigns championing Singlish and majority of work are unsightly, while most of our citizens don’t value or know good or bad design, I don’t think we deserve this for now, came a bit too early if you were to ask me.
On an external outlook, we may seems to have Thomas Heatherwick’s The Hive at National Technological University, Mofie Sadie’s Marina Bay Sands, National Gallery and Esplanade, PARKRoyal on Pickering by WOHA, Toyo Ito’s Vivocity, Zaha Hadid’s d’Leedon. But is it healthy when two third of our landmarks have been designed and awarded to foreigner companies?
And for applied graphic design projects, you might have heard of these from award shows—Theseus Chan’s WERK, &Larry’s 7 Letters, H55’s A Guide To The Flora And Fauna of the World, Holycrap’s Rubbish Famzine, and a few not so popular ones like Bureau’s Door Wedge, Hair How by Edlo Kawa but how many of these award winning projects are not pro bono or self initiated projects? Probably none. To note, not slamming or shaming anyone cause I am probably the same too.
We still can find hope in very meaningful project in Bishan Park where they turned a lokang into a neighbourhood into a park, Spotted Nyonya Collection by Hans Tan, The Browsing Copy project by Beautiful who he made browsing copies in bookstores and gave them second life.
Singapore Insider, published by Singapore Tourism Board
Inside spreads of Singapore Insider
Covers of A List
Inside spread, A List
Biblioasia, published by National Library Board, Singapore
Inside spread, Biblioasia
Challenge Magazine by Public Service Division
Heritage Trails by National Heritage Board
Inside spreads of Heritage Trails
You will be disappointed if you are hoping to see nicely designed currency notes and passport like the Norwegian in us. And it seems like our media has been populating the best works but none of the above have been circulating around. Are these good? Does the clients or initiator even know what is good or bad? Are these bad because most are civil sector or corporate work? Whose fault is it? Client? Designer? To me, choosing to hire a cheaper and bad designer are it’s a keen to going to a bad but cheap dentist. And you probably need two or three fixes to get things correct. Why not spend a bit more and get a better and slightly more expensive one to get things done once? I still don’t think there are bad designers or clients. But the work shown below are probably better direction or strategy. Or perhaps they are nicer because the clients are in the art or creative industry.
Sandra and I made these posters for the Typoyanchi Newsletres in Seoul, South Korea. Later they went to go on display at the Chaumont Festival in France… In a way they are some kind of follow up of Success and Uncertainty, the poster series and publication we made in 2011 when her and I did a residency in Cairo.
Big Trouble was opened in the Fall of 2014 as a collaboration between Chefstable and Public-Library. Big Trouble is located in Portland’s ever-evolving Chinatown. The branding is inspired by plastic bags, maximalist strip mall signage, and inaccurately appropriated Chinese Culture. Traditionally-styled illustrations were mixed with loud, red, recklessly manipulated typography to voice the arrival of Big Trouble.