The Design Society presents our 3rd workshop installation, Back to WHY, co-led by Yong, Shan and Melvin Ong.
Markets, technologies, and people change constantly. The pace of change is accelerating and we can no longer design in a bubble. In this workshop, we will re-design our conditions and outputs as designers, business owners and professionals in Singapore.
Join 3 prominent Singapore designers on a Saturday morning journey of going back to what brought us here in the first place. If you're a creative, a business owner, an entrepreneur and/or a working professional at the crossroads, this workshop is for you. You will also definitely get the most out of this workshop if you are consciously working on any aspect of your life and craft -- be ready to talk and share!
About Yong, Somewhere Else
Yong heads Somewhere Else where he and his team dream up solutions for a wide range of selected clients. His works have consistently been awarded and featured in numerous publications and online journals worldwide. Yong actively helps out within the local design industry: having served jury duty for the Creative Circle Awards 2010, 2014, Crowbars 2014 and Noise Singapore 2010—2015. From Aug 2012 to Feb 2013, he completed an adjunct lecturing stint at Temasek Polytechnic. He is also currently serving as Vice President for The Design Society.
In his free time, he dreams of parallel universes.
Shan has led design and innovation programs tackling complex challenges for nearly a decade as a design researcher and spent half her career as a founding member of global design firm IDEO's Singapore location, where she helped build a key business portfolio in public sector transformation. She is currently spending time in government. Shan graduated from Brandeis University with highest honors in English Literature on a full scholarship. Shan is also an aspiring home barista exploring the art and science of good espresso.
About Melvin Ong, Desinere
Upon graduating with a Diploma in Furniture Design in 2008 at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Melvin left for London to pursue his degree in Product Design and graduated with First-Class Honours from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design in 2010. During his stay in the UK, Melvin had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of established designers such as Chris Lefteriand Reiko Kaneko. He then went on to work with London design agency Brand42, where he was involved with projects from CNN, Johnnie Walker and Mailonline.
Melvin has also exhibited his personal work as part of a collaborative at Tent London 2010and the Milan Salone Satellite in 2011. With these experiences that quietly moulded him, he made a decision to relocate back home to Singapore in 2012 to establish his studio, Desinere.
Desinere saw its debut into the world, launching its first collection in Design Tide Tokyo 2012 and later at Tortona Design Week in Milan in 2013.
In 2014, Melvin was recognised for his efforts and was awarded the title of 'Rising Asian Talent' by Maison et Objet Asia.