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Design as Text: A seminar for Archifest 2013

Design As Text

<< UPDATE, 23/9/13: CAPACITY EXPANDED! More tickets now on sale! >>

I’ll be presenting a seminar about design writing at this year’s ArchifestSchool of Urban Ideas‘. I’ve just checked the bookings and there’s one ticket left! Are you the lucky last attendee? Click on through to the event page! And check out the rest of the Archifest program while you’re there. I’m looking forward to meeting all the attendees on 5 October at the Archifest Pavilion.

Here’s the seminar synopsis:

Has a building review ever changed the way you think about a city? Has an interview with a product designer made you reconsider your relationship with everyday objects? A thoughtful and lively architecture and design culture needs equally thoughtful communication and criticism to support its development and enhance awareness. The most engaging writers, whose words resonate long after they are published, are skilful storytellers. Equally important is their ability to balance their responsibility to readers, publishers and the wider industry. This seminar will offer practical tips for those keen to write about architecture and design, as well as some perspectives on critical discourse.

The session will be presented by Narelle Yabuka, who has been writing and editing in the field of architecture and design in Singapore and Australia since 2002.

Good reads at The Plain

Thanks to The Plain – one of my favourite cafes in Singapore – for adding Interior Pop! and Cardboard Book to its fine collection of reading material.

I undertook the editorial coordination and text for these books while working at an\b editions. Big thanks to Vincent and Laura for giving them a loving home at The Plain!

The U Cafe international magazine exhibition is almost over. Catch it at The Plain and other quality local cafes before it ends on 23 October! >> UPDATE: The U Cafe has been extended to 27 November.

Interior Pop! and Cardboard Book can be purchased at Basheer Graphic Books, Workshop, and other good bookstores. And by the way, the third title I worked on at an\b editions, Upcycle, will be released in the coming months. Look out for it!

Interior Pop! On sale now!

The second book I worked on at an\b editions is back from the printer and on sale. Interior Pop! presents interiors from around the world that juxtapose visual art, installation, graphics, pattern, and space.

As opposed to the brown tone of an\b editions’ first title, Cardboard Book, the pages of Interior Pop! practically explode with colour. The book grew from the observation that the makers of interior spaces are having to work ever harder to attract and maintain our attention. These days, we can customise our expression of identity at an instantaneous pace. Similarly, many interiors are being individualised through art and idiosyncrasy.

Interior Pop! surveys how brands and enterprises are using space as their canvas and making a big impact.

The 57 projects are each presented with a text description and multiple photographs (as well as drawings where appropriate), and are thematically grouped in five chapters: Playful, Illusionary, Illustrative, Abstract, and Fantastical.

Featured designers and artists include:
Formavision (USA)
Keiko + Manabu (Japan)
Asylum (Singapore)
Ab Rogers Design (UK)
Tjep. (The Netherlands)
Dizel&Sate (Sweden)
Gloss Creative (Australia)
Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)
Nomad Ink (Brazil)
Buj+Colón Arquitectos (Spain)
Glowacka Rennie Architects with Felice Varini (UK)
Electric Dreams (Sweden)
and many others!

The book has just hit the shelves at Basheer Graphic Books. You can also look for it at Workshop. I’m only going to show you the cover. To see its 320 pages, you’ll have to go and find it in the shops!

A co-edition (with a different cover) is being released by Gingko Press for the USA and Europe.

Cardboard Book – reprinted and translated!

While working as the editor at an\b editions, I undertook the editorial coordination for Cardboard Book, and wrote the text within it. The an\b editions version (for Asia) and the Gingko Press co-edition (for USA and Europe) were released in late 2010.

I’m ecstatic that both an\b editions and Gingko have reprinted, and that Spanish publisher Links Books has translated and released the book in Spanish and French!

Cardboard Book has been favourably reviewed in Australian and Singaporean magazines (Artichoke, Houses, (inside) Interior Design Review, Cubes, and d+a), and has received great coverage on habitusliving.com.

designboom.com also reviewed it, saying “If you are interested in the radical use of material and the exploration of forms and stability of cardboard, this book is for you.” Cheers all!

Hello, ni hao, selamat pagi, vanakkam!

Welcome! In the nine years I’ve worked in the publishing field, I have had the pleasure of learning and writing about:

a pedestrian bridge made with cardboard tubes
jewellery made with disused bicycle inner tubes and old tins
Australia’s basketry and fibre art sector
a house perched over an old tennis court
the history of central Perth’s river foreshore
residential kitchen and bathroom design
the sustainability of communities in Western Australia’s Pilbara region
sights to see on a walking tour of a Singaporean neighbourhood
brand identity for a men’s fashion label
an office designed with a ‘green building’ agenda
illustrators, furniture designers, and glass artists
nocturnal art photography by architects
the abstract interior of a subterranean bookshop

There have been many other unexpected subjects. How could I not love what I do?

This post marks the embarkation of my first business in Singapore. I intend for this site to do more than communicate my skills and work; I hope it will become a useful resource for those interested in architecture, design, and publishing in Singapore and Australia. Please revisit this space, as I will progressively expand the links section and report on upcoming and completed events.

Should I manage to forge new connections between Singapore and Australia, well – yeh nah look, that’d be shiok.

IMAGE NOTES: At one with nature. Getting around the garden city; Fort Canning Park, Singapore.