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NDC October – November 2020: Next Gen


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01 Oct - 30 Nov 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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While we commemorate past successes and laud current achievements, let’s not forget to celebrate our very own young and emerging designers, who are instrumental in shaping Singapore’s future. From October to November, we shine the spotlight on our next generation’s creative and original works, while providing them with opportunities to connect with industry leaders and peers.

Our Graphic Memories of COVID-19
Submissions open from 1 November – 30 November 2020

Love design? Have a vivid impression of how COVID-19 unfolded for you? Calling all creatives in Singapore: we want you to share your experience of COVID-19 in a graphic design! Together with Singapore’s most talented creatives, your work will be part of an exclusive collective that will be showcased in the years to come.  

Find out more here.

PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities Exhibition
Duration: 2 October – 26 November 2020, 9.00am – 9.00pm daily
Venue: Design Gallery 1, Level 1

Exploring the concept of ‘Play’ in the context of the future tropical metropolis, the “PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities” exhibition features innovative ideas of next-generation designers from around the region and beyond. It is a response to the disruptions of emerging digital technology on our cities. As global conditions remain unpredictable, it is even more essential for us to explore the role of ‘play’ in building resilient societies.

Find out more here.

PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities: Virtual Tour and Dialogue 
Date/Time: 10 October 2020, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Embark on an interactive guided tour of the PLAY! Tomorrow’s Tropical Cities’ exhibition and get insights into the creative ideas behind the project! Also hear from the exhibition curators Syafiq Jubri and Nicole Teh, both from the DSG Associates Network, and presenting studios/creatives No-To-Scale (Malaysia), SAMPO (Japan), Jonathan Ng, Yeo Ker Siang, Rebekah Elza Ong Lin and Zen Teh. 

Find out more here.

Next Gen Architects and Researchers: Applying New Methods And Tools to the Making of Future High-Density Liveable Cities
Date/Time: 13 October 2020, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Future high-density liveable cities will require new integrated planning and design strategies that acknowledge the spatial complexity of their systems and networks. Cities generate increasing amounts of data and new technologies are able to uncover hidden trends to represent activities and interdependencies in cities. Join Srilalitha Gopalakrishnan and Ajaykumar Manivannan to explore how the next generation of architects and researchers are leveraging various tools, techniques and methods to inform the future of our urban built environment.

Find out more here.

Navigating the Pandemic: Your Career in Design
Date/Time: 20 October 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm

Stay relevant. Seize opportunities. Start planning for your career in design now! Calling all young professionals and students from design and non-design disciplines to join us in this important webinar – if you want to survive and thrive in the post-pandemic world. Hear from Jeff Cheong (Tribal Worldwide Asia/DDB Group Singapore), Chooake Wongwattanasilpa (DBS Bank), Ryan Han (Wildlife Reserves Singapore), and Praise Mok (ROHEI Corporation) on how the design profession is transforming and learn how you can equip yourself with transdisciplinary skills that are in demand in the new economy.

Find out more here.

Design IdeasWorthDoing Series
Date/Time: 22 October 2020, 11.00am – 12.30pm and 29 October 2020, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Inspired by the late Dr. Milton Tan, Founding Executive Director of Dsg, join us for a series of two panel discussions that explore where ideas come from, how do we generate more and how to build culture and creative cities. Internationally-renowned speakers and local next-gen emerging designers will share their knowledge and perspectives, and exchange ideas and challenges experienced across generations and design disciplines. The exciting speaker line-up includes Eames Demetrios (grandson of design legends Charles and Ray Eames), Mark Wee (Dsg), Ryan Tan (OuterEdit), Tiffany Loy (textile artist), Paul Bennett (IDEO), Richard Hassell (WOHA), Ziqq Rafit (Design Says Hello) and Dave Lim (TEDxSingapore).

Find out more here.

Field Trip to Redhill – Archifest 2020 Edition
Date/Time: 24 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Go on a virtual field trip to Redhill, and uncover design secrets, green thumbs and stories hidden beneath its vernacular! Through a mix of guided and spontaneous wanderings, uncover the design of everyday life and community-shared spaces in this bizarre, fun and collective way, revealing the uncommon beauty of common things around us. 

Find out more here.

Field Notes: Bookbinding with Vernacular Objects
Date/Time: 7 November 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 14 November 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 21 November 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Join us on an exclusive workshop to uncover the hidden processes behind ground-up publishing as we bring you through the design and conception of Field Notes – a book produced by Dsg Associates Network (DAN) on their recent (virtual) Field Trip to Redhill earlier this July. Participants will also get to bind their very own copy with vernacular objects like paper clips, rubber bands, spiral coils and bamboo poles to experiment and learn basic bookbinding methods that they can recreate at home. 

Find out more here.

Making, Measuring, Moving: Designing During Uncertainty 
Date/Time: 12 November 2020, 8.00pm – 9.30pm

What do we do as designers when things aren’t going so well? The events of 2020 have hit us all in different ways, whether as organisations or individuals, and this panel explores the role of design in society through three projects which have come to life during this period. Learn more about these inspiring projects which examine how we can still remain connected to the community while remaining physically apart as well as how they have adapted to changing challenges and needs.

Find out more here.

Know Your Rights: Intellectual Property Considerations for The Emerging Designer and Freelancer
Date/Time: 19 November 2020, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Human creativity continues to shape the world we live in. Just like how a successful product may be lauded for its new technology, a novel design generates great value for business. As such, different types of creations, ideas or designs are regulated by various intellectual property (IP) laws that impact the way we create. In this webinar, we will share our insight on key IP considerations that emerging designers and freelancers should take note of. We will also touch on important aspects such as design registration, ownership, copyright issues and licensing.

Find out more here.


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Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
National Design Centre