When Commerce Meets Art: A History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s
Singapore and the World – When Commerce Meets Art: A History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s
Thursday, 8 March | 7pm – 8pm
The Salon, Level 1
Free with registration.
An industrialisation drive in the 1960s not only boosted Singapore's economy but gave rise to the country’s pioneer graphic designers. This led to the establishment of the nation’s first design school, Baharuddin Vocational Institute (BVI), which laid the foundations for Singapore’s graphic design scene with its multinational exchanges of ideas, technology and people.
From foreign creative directors to the emergence of desktop publishing technology from Silicon Valley, and the flood of music and magazines from the West, Justin Zhuang traces the evolution of a community that has shaped the advertisements, packaging, ephemera, books and new media that have defined Singapore as a global city of commerce.
This session is held in conjunction with the Singapore Design Week 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your copy of Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s autographed by the author.
About the Speaker
Justin Zhuang is a writer and researcher with an interest in design, cities, culture, history and media. He is the author of several books on design in Singapore, including Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s and Fifty Years of Singapore Design. More about Justin Zhuang can be found at http://justinzhuang.com.
About Singapore and the World
Covering topics related to history, design, art, music, food and technology, Singapore and the World is a programme that focusses on the historical and contemporary connections that link Singapore to the world. Brought to you by the National Museum of Singapore and its key cultural partners, the different multi-disciplinary events that make up this programme are an opportunity to celebrate the commonalities and differences that make the world a vibrant and diverse place, providing new insight into Singapore’s place in global history.
Image above: Baharuddin Vocational Institute. Image courtesy of Justin Zhuang.