Ein bloggy Geschenk für den lieben Professor Erik Brandt. (please excuse my poor german)
A Geotypografika inspired post:
A bottle cap sketch.
A similar example of Erik Brandt’s findings in Human Rebranding, though it may just be a replacement of the original Toyota lettering.
Finally, a very intimidating rabbit-with pipe. Located in Haw Par Villa.
For a mere s$18, we were allowed a glimpse into Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park. While Neither Chad nor I have any vested interest in Ornithology, we thought it would be an interesting and educational way to spend an afternoon. Pictured above from left to right: Saddle-bill Stork, clearly illustrated cautionary signage, Pink Flamingos, Puffin signage sponsored by Penguin books (David Pearson would be proud), Chad in a cage (sign reads “The world’s most dangerous creature”), Jurong Bird Park’s Signage system (Pacific North West, anyone?), Pelican and Pelican pictogram signage. Not a bad day, just so many birds!
An Array of student business cards:
So I planned on attending the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Design & Media Diploma Show (entitled “Paranoia“); so I did-and it was great! While meandering through the student’s work I chatted with a few locals, Jonathan and Clayee, both current students at NAFA. Not only did I get some valuable insight into being a design student in Singapore, but they also told me about another opening that evening at the LaSalle College of Fine Arts just down the street! So after viewing all of the awesome publications and media work at NAFA, I walked down the street to find out that not only was LaSalle having an exhibition opening, it was also the grand opening of their new facility! Even though I didn’t have an invitation, I was kindly invited in for a posh array of food and drink (Thanks Crispian!)
Overall, the work at both institutions was outstanding and abundant! I had no idea that there was such a large design community in Singapore and after chatting with an interactive major found out more on how the design programs here work:
- Design schools in Singapore do not have in-house printing services! It is up to the students to go out on their own to satisfy their print needs. I’ve realized we are extremely lucky at MCAD to have such an awesome Service Bureau, but wonder if we aren’t losing valuable experience working with real-world printers?
- The design program is very integrated, especially at LaSalle. Here, fashion designers, web/multimedia designers, publication designers and illustrators all work side by side to create a coherent, fully integrated design community. (btw fashion design is a HUGE program @ LaSalle).
- The ways in which the work is exhibited is very unique. At NAFA, each student not only had the chance to place their printed works on pedestals, but also had a video screen on which to show a slideshow of their portfolio. Each screen had a hand-made individualized box for not only dispersing the student’s card, but receiving cards from prospective employers as well. At LaSalle, the design exhibition had a “theme” of cardboard accordions that held the work, the exhibition almost had a convention feel as it took place in one large room with no internal walls.
Logos & marks in Singapore.
We’re getting a bit more familiar with the area, and we got our new apartment! I haven’t taken pics yet, but they’re on my to-do list.
Some of the things I’ve done so far (while Chad is working):
- Sweated my butt of hiking to Fort Canning Park-former site of forbidden ancestral ruins (Malay), botanical garden, and WWII military base against the invading Japanese forces. Now houses an archaeological dig site, herb garden, theatre venue and a host of bird species that like to drop nuts and berries and/or poo on your head.
- Have already experienced Malay, Thai, French, Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese cuisines-all authentic…very authentic.
- Checked out a few of the ridiculously numerous shopping malls…peeps luv to get their shop on here…seriously. They make the MOA look like a toy store.
- Ventured with Chad to Chinatown…where we were offered custom tailored suits by at least 15 shady characters. I promise I will come back to America in a white linen suit with pink satin lining.
- Explored the Singapore Botanic Garden, complete with a modest swath of rainforest, palm garden, swan lake, bonsai garden and orchid propagation garden. The amount of work that goes into not only creating custom orchid hybrids, but maintaing and cultivating the gardens is amazing.
- Inquired about studio tours at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and was REJECTED. They weren’t feeling me I guess. I’ll be attending an opening on Wednesday for their Graduates in Design, so hopefully I can rub elbows and meet some local students.
All of this AND MORE will soon be on my fantastically confusing (for now) Flickr site. I’m still working on it, so bear with me-but I think I’m coming up with some pretty awesome images.
Miss you guys!
As promised, more info on that whole swine-flu quarantine thing.
While on our way to Japan, there was news of an outbreak of H1N1 at japanese highschools in Osaka and Kobe. We were given health information cards to fill out, basically asking where we were coming from and going, and if we had encountered anyone who was ill or if we were showing symptoms ourselves. Upon arrival in Tokyo-Narita, our plane was held while health officials (fully decked out in bio-hazard gear) collected the forms, drilled certain passengers, and scanned us with thermal sensing equipment to indicate fevers. The whole experience was a bit surreal, though understandably necessary. After we were cleared, we were given the yellow forms stating that we were not infected and could clear the quarantine.
The language on the forms was disturbingly familiar to something you might see in an..I don’t know…George Orwell or Aldous Huxley novel?