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This weekend, we visited the NTU ADM Show 2013! This is the 2nd graduation show that we went to since starting this blog, and it was definitely different from a polytechnic graduation show and a university graduation show. Yesterday was the opening and it running though till the 19th of May, try and make your way down if possible!
Do not be deceived by the these 2 images that made it look very empty. The place was so PACKED! it was hard to move around, even tougher to take pictures. So if you guys are interested in their works or to see in more depth of the student works, please feel free to drop by their school to check out the exhibition.
Firstly, we went to the photography & digital exhibit. Walking around the exhibit, we felt various feelings such as happiness, weirdness, and confusion. But overall, the images were very well done and interesting. It touched on topics that we all are very familiar with, such as death, our cultures and heritages and social issues.
Heading over to Visual communication, well, it so crowded that we had to squeeze through sea of people, we did not manage to take a good look or stop to read their works, but here are some image of the booths at the less crowded area.
There was this one booth, that we all liked, was the confessions of the strawberries! the illustration was really cute and it really draws the attention to the viewers.
There seem to be a theme this year about "death" being a topic of interest. 2 grad shows we went, both have something related to death. Which was interesting but if done wrongly, it can be very weird. thankfully, we have not come across any that has gave us the creeps yet.
Oh! This project below, the 'Space Cope' truly was GENIUS! HAHA! It really great for certain Singaporeans! It was a project for people that do not like to share a space with other people, like taking up both bus seats, or not wanting to share the lift with strangers. He designed a poster that when holding it up against the lift door, it looks like there is a lot of people in the lift, hence no one will want or bother to squeeze in to the lift. Or a blown up doll, that can sit beside you in the bus? even though the doll do not look real, but maybe people will not want to sit beside you because you look crazy? Haha! Great work though.
On leave(s), a craft movement was introduced in hope of getting more people to be more enthusiastic and be more involved in craft. Some above are how some of our daily objects being imbued with the craft movement. The designer also knitted her own plants.
Chelonia, or another term for the tortoise, a project in wanting to revive the cultural importance of tortoise to the Chinese and draws the close connection of this creatures to us human and on we should protect and treat them in rightful manner, preserving them as well as our philosophy for the next generation to learn and understand about. Especially the tortoise, beside having deep significant meaning to the Chinese, they were mistreated for medical and for dining purposes.
Another good booth was this B.R.A.G booth. a whole booth dedicated for bragging rights! why the hell not? if your family/friends/relatives has done something to be proud off, you would need to call in this service, and they will BRAG all about your success so everyone will know about it!
Here's another design that might not be as practical as it seems to be. Looking at how this guy promotes his design, seems rather dangerous then it being a creative idea. Is it really a good idea to give another way for people to use electronics while crossing the street? the accident rate would go up if there was people crossing the street while typing on their laptops! Another design of his was a headband with a stylus for people to use their ipads while eating. this design have been created for people that have no hands, not for people who have their hands full with food.
This booth actually did not seem to fit in the the exhibit. Mainly it was something to do with clothes. This designer, designed a quick wear parachute outfit using only 4 parts connecting it with only zips! but would it really be a design that helps people get dress faster, or would it take more time zipping up?
We then walk over to an area where we are more familiar with, which was their Product Design area! the crowd here was even more intense, as it was where the food were placed.
This set of watches talks about the relationship between consumers and brands, where the brands, styles and craftsmanship become the natural selection of the consumers. And for the role of the designer is to have their signature or essence imposed to their products. It based on the need and want of the customers and products are build to their specification.
Thoughts: being designers ourselves we were impressed firstly by the works of this student as it was nicely articulate and nicely done. Secondly his concept was quite interesting and how he had expressed it.
The Makan People, a contemporary visual and tactile interpretation of Singapore eating cultures and habits throughout the years. The products were build based on various local culinary practice translated into elements hinted in the design of the seemingly familiar objects. It was meant to trigger nostalgia and create significant memories in the use of the crockery pieces. A series that entails the relationships people share with Singapore's unique culinary cultures rich in both tradition and fusion.
Thoughts: The finely finished work really caught our attention, it seems to be made with the actual materials but it actually turn out to be foam. The time spent on the finishing to make it perfect really paid off. Great job on it.
Overall the graduation show felt grandeur, The works were nicely exhibited and curated, the works were meticulously finished and done up. But sadly was, when we visited each booth and spend some time at it, no one came up to us and talk about their work. So we are truly sorry if we got the interpretation wrong for your work. All we see was name of the designers and their products. Also there were like not much information to help guide and facilitate the flow of human traffic.