Designing Cultures Studio is a design and research studio dedicated to exploring new ways to spark and distil insight and address people’s needs through bold, optimistic design, founded by Dr Jesvin Yeo in 2008. With a strong focus on design research and collaboration with multidisciplinary collaborators, Designing Cultures Studio has won over 70 international creative awards, including the prestigious Red Dot Award (Communication Design), GOOD DESIGN™ Award, Core77 Design Awards, AIGA 50 Books, and iF Communication Design Award.
The creative work has been featured in several design magazines and books, such as Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) Design Annual Book, Applied Typography 22, Wallpaper*, How Magazine, Letterheads & Business Cards 2, Graphic Design 3, and The Design Journal. As well as exhibited at galleries and museums in Berlin, London, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing.
The founder, Dr Jesvin Yeo, trained at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London and NAFA in Singapore, is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and researcher based in Singapore. Her research and design interests relate to the historical and contemporary cultural changes in the areas of “Asian Material Culture”, “Asian Studies”, and “Typography”. She investigates the intersection of cultural elements and motivation and experiments with communication through visuals and technology. As the foundation of her research, Jesvin employs design as a means for understanding, examining and critiquing the world around her. More specifically, she believes that design questions the social, cultural, historical, technological and formal norms that surround us daily.
In October 2021, the Designing Cultures Seed Fund was launched to encourage young designers to explore collaboration as a method to foster design interest and strengthen community bonds.
CORE TEAM MEMBERS
Dr Jesvin Yeo
Cheng Yu Hui
Quek Teng Wan
RESEARCH & DESIGN TEAM (Project Basis)
Jason Fok Kow
Lee Sin Lee
EDITING TEAM (Project Basis)
Quek See Ling
RESEARCH Co-PI & COLLABORATOR (Project Basis)
Hedren Sum, National University of Singapore
Dr Rajesh Piplani, Nanyang Technological University
Dr Caroline Chia, National University of Singapore
Dr Teo Chua Tee, National Institute of Education
Dr Laavanya Kathiravelu, Nanyang Technological University
Dr Sa'eda Bte Buang, National Institute of Education
Dr Yow Cheun Hoe, Nanyang Technological University
Liew Jie Ni, Superunion
Dr Elizabeth Pang, Ministry of Education
CREATIVE WORK COLLABORATOR (Project Basis)
Master Yeo Hung Teo
Master Goh Hak Sheng