The Look and Feel of Things



Event details

Date and Time

23 Mar 2021

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


Zoom Webinar

Event Fee


This session is an accompaniment to the ongoing exhibition National Vending Gallery: Topic No. 3 Peripheral Vision.

How can one use print as a medium to evoke emotional responses from readers? Can thoughtful observations and design better communicate research topics and inspire readers to experience their environments differently?

Join a panel of authors and publishers as they share more about the intentions behind their work and their creative approach towards design research and documentation. Learn how design can be used as a tool to transform books into vessels for imagination.

The selection of publications discussed in this session aim to help readers see aspects of life that have more often than not been neglected - the plants along walkways, the houses we live in, and even the air we breathe.

About the Speakers:

  • Jamie Yeo, Co-Founder, Temporary Press

    Jamie Yeo is part of a two-people design studio with graphic designer Gideon Kong (, a space for artistic practice, writing, and research. Situated at the margins of design practice, the studio searches for critical responses to issues in design, culture, and education by utilising alternative modes of production, communication, and distribution. The studio also runs a small-scale publishing press, Temporary Press, which explores initiatives with students, educators, and researchers, and has been involved in multiple short teaching engagements.
  • Loh Xiang Yun, Artist & Scientific Botanical Illustrator

    Loh Xiang Yun is an artist and scientific botanical illustrator who lives and works in Singapore. Her work interrogates how people relate to nature. Using her observations made through drawing, painting, and photography, she examines the everyday to study how nature is managed and engineered in our cities. In 2018, she began her professional career as a scientific botanical illustrator, producing work for Singapore Botanic Gardens. She is currently contributing illustrations to the 10-year project ‘Flora of Singapore’ spearheaded by the Singapore Botanic Gardens under the National Parks Board.

Presented by Whatisdesign in partnership with National Vending Gallery. Supported by the DesignSingapore Council and the National Design Centre.

This event is part of the National Design Centre's "Emotive Design" programme line-up for March 2021. 


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