Design beyond aesthetics—to do good.
Vibrant, buoyant and pulsating—these are just a few words that can only begin to describe the energetic buzz surrounding the opening night of Design in Progress.
Split into three ‘life’ booths, the graduation exhibition showcases how the students have collectively shed their apprenticeship status and geared themselves into designers of the future.
As the name of their different booths suggest (The Green Folks, The Delicate Mind, The Inner Self), they have pushed themselves to tackle real world issues instead of plain visual ornamentation we have so typically typecast designers as.
THERE WAS EVEN A DANCE PERFORMANCE!
Youth.SG sneaked into the booths during the speeches and award ceremony to have a first hand experience.
The Green Folks
Dedicated to extolling the virtues of recycling, as well as to inculcating this habit among members of the public, they have also set up two websites: greenfolks.sg and barterfolks.sg
COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS WE SHOULD RECYCLE.
LAMP FROM HAIR PERM MACHINE, STOOLS FROM ROLLED UP MAGAZINES.
PRISTINE WHITE KITCHEN THANKS TO BAKING SODA, A NATURAL CLEANING AGENT.
CUSHIONS FROM TOTE BAGS, COFFEE TABLE FROM TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES.
The Delicate Mind
Schizophrenia is a mental illness not understood by many. Visit this booth to find out more.
HOW PATIENTS VIEW THE WORLD.
EDUCATING THE PUBLIC.
CARD GAMES TO REACH THE MASSES.
The Inner Self
Focusing on individuals with low self esteem, this booth attempts to help solve this issue that many of us face.
VIDEO CLIPS OF THINGS THAT WE SAY DAILY THAT MAY UNWITTINGLY HURT OTHERS.
WRIST BANDS AS REMINDERS.
SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION (IN THE REAL WORLD) FOR PEOPLE AND THINGS.
As program director Mr Riveria mentioned, "Our lives are made meaningful not by what we do for ourselves but it is meaningful because of our relationships with others that surround". Looking at the promising designs and jubilant faces of the graduates as they cheered the prizewinners from their cohorts, these designers certainly see themselves as a channel to impact society.
Design in Progress is presented by the graduating batch of SIM-RMIT University Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) 2011. It runs from 8 Jul (Fri) to 10 Jul (Sun), 11am to 8am daily at Orchard Central Atrium (Level 1). Admission is free.
Photographs by Guang Hui. All rights reserved.