Becoming Modern by Design (2021)by Justin Zhuang for BiblioAsia (January–March 2021)
A history of Singapore’s first formal national school for applied arts design, the Baharuddin Vocational Institute. It was set up in 1968 and has since become part of Temasek Polytechnic.
Becoming Modern by Design: Modernist Graphic Design’s Nation-building Role in Singapore, 1960s–1980s (2021)by Justin Zhuang for the School of Visual Arts
A video lecture examining how the rise of modernist graphic design in Singapore from the 1960s to the 1980s was part of a larger nation-building agenda.
Between the Lines: Early Advertising in Singapore (2018)by National Library Board
Catalogue accompanying an exhibition on the development of Singapore society as seen through its advertisements from the 1830s to 1960s.
History and Current Status of Design in Singapore (2022—)by Leon Loh
An overview of the development of industrial and product design Singapore from the 1960s to 2020s.
Fifty Years of Singapore Design [1965-2015] (2015—)by WY-TO for DesignSingapore Council
A commemorative exhibition featuring Singapore designs over the last five decades since its founding. The exhibition was refreshed in July 2019 and is a permanent showcase at the National Design Centre.
Rise of Modernism in Singapore Photography, 1950s to 1980s: Aesthetic negotiation under an ethnic and national identity prism (2012)by Kong Yen Lin
Retracing the development of modern photography in Singapore alongside a period of nation-building between 1959 till the 1980s.
Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore (2018—2019)by National Library Board
An exhibition exploring the development of Singapore society through its local advertising materials from the 1830s to 1960s.
Theatres of Memory: Industrial Heritage of 20th Century Singapore (2021)by Loh Kah Seng, Alex Tan Tiong Hee, Koh Keng We, Tan Teng Phee and Juria Toramae for Ethos Books
A review of Singapore's early industrial years through the oral histories of its many workers.
Transformal Role of Product Design in Singapore’s Transition to a Service Economy (2011—)by Peer M. Sathikh
A recount of the policies and subsequent actions related to design put in place in Singapore from the 1960s till the 2010s to transform a market-dependent economy into a service centered economy.