“The concept of an inflatable city for the first human colony on Mars was derived from the idea of building a new, protective, livable community home within an instant. Weightless enough to launch into space to our neighbouring planet, the human race would have the means to live in self-constructing inflatable structures that balloons upon impact with the rocky surface of the red planet; imagine how an airbag in a car immediately inflates consequent to collision, or how a bouncy castle expands from being vacuum-sealed and flat-packed into a lightweight physical structure. Wouldn’t it be cool if we applied and further advanced this technology to a whole city? What a dream!”
Logo Design, Conceptualisation, Brand & Identity, Graphic Design
These were concept proposals that I prepared for a client in Glasgow that wanted to open up a South Korean dessert cafe in the city. These concepts were eventually rejected because the client decided to go for a more general dessert cafe as opposed to a specialised and focused dessert from one specific culture.
I however still really love the concepts that I initially proposed as it is in sync with current modern pop trends of South Korea.
Design Research, Graphic Design, Print
This project is a collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art, UK and Fujitsu, Japan.
The aim of the project is to consider how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) might contribute to revitalisation of the prison community in 2020. We sought to achieve this by understanding how isolation from society and separation from family and friends impact the individual and group experience of prison inmates.
We looked at how the application of ICT might improve their life by facilitating better interactions and experiences. The design outcome focuses on the projected scenario for 2020, based on our understanding of the current penal system and the potential trajectory of change. The concept: What if we could create something that is neither prison, nor freedom, but something in between? This will be a time when an offender will be helped to become a free citizen, and a productive member of society.
This is the free zone - a government funded rehabilitation scheme. A prisoner will spend less time in prison and part of the sentence will be served outside - as a freezoner, within a program of rehabilitation, supported by a mentor - his “buddy”, with his behaviour monitored, and rewarded for doing the right things.
The concept is founded on a number of research insights. The free zone will reduce the amount of time inmates spend in prison. This is based on several factors:
● the prisons are currently overpopulated and this is growing. Reducing the time an individual spends in prison will reduce the prison population
● it is very expensive to incarcerate people. This scheme will reduce costs
● reducing the time people spend in prison will reduce isolation from society and the likelihood of family breakups Value of Freezone Free zone focuses on the individual journeys and experiences as an integral part of the rehabilitation process.
The advancements in technology will support better and personalised programme plans, allow real time tracking and management of individual data feeds, and provides the scope for quicker and targeted intervention when needed. While it allows for passive monitoring and correction, greater emphasis is laid on providing motivation and incentivisation to impart a greater sense of ownership and achievement in the free zoner.
Design Research, Graphic Design, Print
The Institute of Design Innovation in Glasgow School of Art collaborated with the Scottish Government for this short 4 month project. We had to develop a design proposal with the given topic of "ageing". Our project, TimeOut, is the combination of elements from our initial concepts.
It is a service that induces the transient nature of an environment in the earlier stage of people's lives and soon, becomes more of a familiar pattern within your lifestyle.
TimeOut is a transitional space between Ageing in Place and Place Detachment which provides the option of “Ageing out of Place”. It’s a space which creates a balance between work and play, shifts the time and rhythm of your lifestyle, as well as gives individuals opportunities to step out of their repetitious working life to be involved with TimeOut Volunteer Activities.
An individual’s participation will provide chances to travel, meet new people and collect redeemable credits that would benefit them in the future in terms of healthcare and basic necessities. These credits are rewards collected from the TimeOut volunteer activities that you choose to join.
TimeOut is a new Work & Play scheme which provides individuals with meaningful experiences, through responsible travel, international internships and gap time programmes. In this alternative scheme, part of your (normal) salary is dedicated to the TimeOut activities instead of taxes for State Pensions etc.
With this, you are welcome to take advantage of it and enjoy your benefits throughout your whole life and the relaxation time (which is part of TimeOut) is divided into installments over the course of your lifetime, which is better than of waiting after over 65 years of working; worrying about your job, skills and health. By opting for the TimeOut Volunteer activities, it gives great potential in gradually enhancing and enriching the process of ageing.
A person would be exposed to different places, environments, cultures and jobs that could positively broaden his/her mind, network, knowledge and will help in strengthening overall communities.
TimeOut acts as a natural transition and it gives an opportunity to build independence and maintaining proactive ageing. It also gives a sense of curiosity, adventure, and enthusiasm and will most definitely allow for progressive growth in terms of physical and mental health.
While studying MDes in Design Innovation and Environmental Design in Glasgow School of Art, I produced this masters design research thesis focusing on the relationship between empowering local community members and derelict spaces.
In the current days, many old, historical buildings and empty wedges of land are found to be abandoned and unused. These spaces end up deteriorating physically and appear to be eyesores for the local communities. Even in Glasgow, there are many derelict spaces and buildings, found to be completely left behind and ultimately forgotten by local residents and local authority.
In this project, I attempt to grasp the idea behind on how these spaces and physical fabrics could be identified, transformed, re-appropriated and reactivated into a valuable piece of treasure for the community; to understand the methods on how to properly convert something disappearing and considered as “waste” into something alive and flourishing with purpose, and as a result, discovering and formulating a methodology that could be used when re-appropriation is needed. These reignited spaces could be a thriving pot of social interactions and inspirational hubs for the public.
But as we aspire for projects such as these to be successful, some take a huge turn and fail to perform its re-appropriated purpose. So what I intend on documenting and further understanding in this project is how re-appropriation developments maintain its success, and what key elements contribute to the well-being of progressions and projects as months/years go by. By making comparisons between case studies that currently exist in Glasgow and around the world (through research, interviews, observations and site visits), I can identify the essentials, principles and also flaws that direct the pathway towards success or failure of a project.
With this in mind, understanding the meaning of community empowerment, involvement and ownership is also vital in bringing forth a concept that encourages things to be done, by the people and for the people. This, along with understand how current authority models and frameworks function within living standards of Glaswegians will contribute immensely to the development of a highly beneficial and useful concept.
A Colouring Contest
Graphic Design, Illustration, Poster Design
This poster design was illustrated as a competition submission for the Graphics Design Festival Scotland 2017.
Concept As children, we were taught, moulded and raised to believe that as Malaysians, we will grow up in a peaceful and harmonious country amongst our friends and peers of diverse ethnicity and colourful backgrounds; a unified country of history, culture and prosperity. At school, we would all always have to participate in colouring competitions, to colour in graphic illustrations of a hopeful, ambitious, modern Malaysia.
However as time passes, adulthood blooms and the image of our beautiful Malaysia soon shatters to reveal the ugliness behind the fragile masks we’ve all worn, we’ve come to realise that our beloved country is not as harmonious as we’d hoped.
Our corrupt kleptocratic leaders continue to place race and religion as the main objective for policy-making, exploiting the privileges that the bumiputera (“native Malays”) have received for decades since independence, openly stealing from their people, and pushing aside other more capable citizens of different ethnicities; driving away our hardworking Chinese Malaysians, leaving our Indian Malaysians to suffer in poverty and threatening the livelihoods and basic human rights of our fellow tribesmen like the Iban or Orang Asli.
If we were children now, how would we colour these illustrations? What would we colour in? Honestly, I’m still that little kid on the inside, hoping and believing that Malaysia is and will continue to be a place of peace and harmony, but in reality, it just isn’t. And I’d like to be able to speak this truth, just as a child would.
"A colouring contest" is a poster designed to uncover the current state and turmoils faced by fellow Malaysians under the leadership of kleptocracy, racial biases and corruption through the eyes of an honest young child.
“Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children” - Oliver Wendell Holmes