A list of databases, essays, publications and exhibition related to Singapore's design and visual culture. If you know of others, please write to info@graphic.sg.

Last update: 24 March 2019.


DATABASES & ARCHIVES

PUBLICATIONS

ESSAYS

  • A Design of Its Time (2010)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 00
    A survey of the publication design of Singapore’s leading newspaper, The Straits Times, from 1959 – 2009.
  • A Vision Realised (2013)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 06
    On how the 20/20 design exhibition series presented Singapore design to the world.
  • East and West: Graphic Design in Singapore Today (2014)
    by Justin Zhuang for Design Observer
    An excerpt from INDEPENDENCE on Singapore’s contemporary design scene.
  • Enter the Dragon: Look Back to the Future of Singapore Design (2014)
    by Justin Zhuang for Design Observer
    Examining the trend of using heritage as the new muse for Singapore design.
  • Got Singapore Design (2012)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 05
    In search of what it takes to create a piece of “Singapore design”.
  • Lest We Forget: The importance of history in Singapore and Malaysia Comics (2009)
    by Lim Cheng Tju for International Manga Research Center
    A historical background of editorial comics in Singapore.
  • Powering the Art of Design (2013)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 07
    Survey on the ephemera design for Singapore’s independent art centre, The Substation.
  • Rotis Revolution in my head (2004)
    by Karen Huang for Snog Blog
    An investigation of the choice of Rotis for Singapore’s street signage.
  • See this City's Voice (2009)
    by Justin Zhuang for Singapore Architect #251
    An essay about the typefaces one sees in the city of Singapore.
  • Symbols of Singapore 1956-2003: Selections from Singapore Graphic Archives (2018)
    by Singapore Graphic Archives for Temporary Press
    An essay about the typefaces one sees in the city of Singapore.
  • The Rise of Style: Singapore Architecture and Media (2006)
    by Tan Kok Meng for Quarterly Literary Review Singapore 6, no. 1.
  • The Zouk Flyer Chronicles (2014)
    by Dawn Lim for The Design Society Journal “Anew”
    A survey of ephemera designed for discotheque Zouk.
  • Visualising Local Identities: Post-war Graphic Design in Singapore
    by Leong K. Chan
  • Visualising Multi-Racialism in Singapore: Graphic Design as a Tool for Ideology and Policy in Nation Building (2011)
    by Leong K. Chan for Design Issues Winter 2011, Vol. 27, No. 1
  • Vote For Me! (2011)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 03
    A survey of the ephemera produced by Singapore’s political parties for the General elections.
  • Where to next? (2010)
    by Justin Zhuang for The Design Society Journal No. 01
    The evolution of Singapore’s public transport information system from the 1970s till today.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 100 ICONS (2010)
    by Jackson Tan for The Design Society · Singapore
    An exhibition featuring 100 of Singapore’s logos and brands.
  • 20/20 (2004-2007)
    by Jackson Tan for DesignSingapore Council · Singapore
    A series of four annual showcases—”Vision”, “Under Construction", “Movement” and “Base“—in Singapore of local design talents, including a 2006 edition that traveled to the London Design Festival.
  • Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase (2012)
    by Hjgher for DesignTide Tokyo · Japan
  • Fifty Years of Singapore Design [1965-2015] (2015)
    by WY-TO for DesignSingapore Council · Singapore
    A permanent show up in the National Design Centre that commemorates works designed in this country over the last five decades.
  • New Wave: Singapore’s Contemporary Design Culture (2008)
    by Jackson Tan for centre of creative communication (ccc) · Japan
    A showcase of Singapore design talents that came out from the 20/20 exhibitions.
  • Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore (2018-19)
    by National Library Board
    This exhibition features advertising materials from the 1830s to 1960s in the National Library collection, and explores the hopes, dreams, aspirations and insecurities of Singapore society over the years.
  • Shiok! A Gastronomy of Singapore Design (2010)
    by Jackson Tan for centre of creative communication (ccc) · Japan
    Commissioned for the inaugural Asian Design Conference.
  • SINGAPOREdge: Design Culture in Singapore (2005)
    by DesignSingapore Council · United Kingdom
    A showcase in London of 100 Singapore design talents.
  • Singapore: Inside Out (2015)
    by Randy Chan for Singapore Tourism Board · China, United Kingdom & USA
    A traveling showcase of Singapore’s art and design scene as part of efforts to brand it as a creative city.
  • Singapore Supergarden (2008)
    by FARM for DesignSingapore Council · Italy
    A pavilion to showcase Singapore’s creative community for the Venice Architecture Biennale.