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Power of Secret, It Works.

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Remember this post – Fatigue with PowerPoint, Try Graphic Recording that I had written on 19 Oct? I was pondering if there were such talents in Singapore. And this week I met one at Green Drinks. She is from Gogo Rama, a design consultancy firm if I got it correctly. There was Professor Jem Bendell who explored “What is a green drink?”, an improvised group exploration of our consumption and the implications for change. And yes, the lady drew instantaneous as Prof Jem spoke about green consumerism. View picture below.

Side-tracking a bit. As we talked about green consumerism – for example: less consumerism or actively making a conscious effort to choose product that has lower carbon footprints; I felt something was not right.We were at Itanliannes, an Italian restaurant at TripleOne Somerset. I found it incredibly oxymoronic as we sipped wine, drinking beers or enjoying pizzas.


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October 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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Liquid City, Vol2 Book Launch in Singapore.

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Have you gotten your latest buy this Halloween yet? Liquid City Volume 2, was launched yesterday in Singapore at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Ngee Ann City. It’s a collection of short stories drawn in various comics styles by South East Asia artists. This volume also includes highlights about the history and transformation of comics in Cambodia, Indonesia and The Philippines.

What immediately caught my attention was the story – Paper City by Koh Hong Teng and Dave Chua. It talks about paper-making for the dead – an art that had captivated  me since young.  Much to my disappointment,  the story ended abruptly. A pity! I didn’t stayed on for long when some artists started to digress on their self achievements and blah.  Anyway, picture tells  a thousand words.

Liquid City Volume 2 Book Cover. Pretty cover. I love her rich contrast of hues and art direction in this piece. It’s done by Shelly Wan, currently a visual development artist in Pixar.

Liquid City Volume 2 Book Cover (Retail Price: SGD37.75, Available at Kinokuniya Bookstore). I thought it’s quite expensive being priced at SGD37. Nonetheless, we still bought Vol1 and Vol2 to support our local and Asian artists.

Drewscape! It was like a fan meets idol. My partner was very excited when Drew suddenly emerged from the crowd and spoke about his work.

Don Low! Oh yes. Don was probably the only person I know or rather know him virtually. Ha!  He was one of the other reasons I was there to check out the book launch. Do check out his amazing works at

Sonny Liew – The brainchild and editor for Liquid City. I wasn’t expecting a youngster. More of a late 30ish uncle or even a 40ish?? And yes, he does look very familiar.

Here’s the crowd of artists. I was trying to figure out who was who. Name-tags or some form of identification would have been good. From my observation, probably only 4 artists did managed to speak clearly and had the confidence to articulate about their works in public space. Their voice can only be truly heard in those pages that speak volumes.


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October 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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Fatique with PowerPoint? Try Graphic Recording.

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I chanced upon this in Harvard Business Review Magazine Sept Issue .  It discussed about Graphic recording where it is also termed as visual facilitation. It has been around since at least the 1970s, when it was popularized by a group of San Francisco architects. It’s grown lately, driven in large part by PowerPoint fatigue.

I had been to many conferences, seminars and events but yet experience any of such in Asia yet. I wonder could it be a lack of exposure of such services or a lack of such creative professionals  in Asia? Or maybe there is no demand for such services too?

I done a quick google and realised there are many established players in US that are offering such services. You can view below some of the illustrations and th typical set-up in the room.

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October 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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Sketch It All!

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Food For Thought – Good Food For A Good Cause. I started noticing this local bistro whenever I visit Straits Commercial Art Co. for oil painting materials at North Bridge Road. It radiates good homely vibes. It’s a quirky dining venue where you can get great comfort food at a decent price (you can check their menu and pricing here). After some googling..Ah, it’s actually a social enterprise by this group of people – School of Thoughts. Interesting. I like their cup of branding. Good concept that is tightly gel with a good cause.

Surprisingly, this lovely bistro was the food sponsor for yesterday’s 24 Hours Comics Day, a first in Singapore. The event was held on 2 Oct at School of Thoughts. A nice initiative to support the local comics scene indeed!  A great turn-out of artists were present to finish off their 24 pages of sketches! View images on-site here.

Besides creative bubbles happening here, Urban Sketches had their session at City Hall and Supreme Court on the same day! They also had their first exhibition at the National Art Gallery. View shots of that day from Don Low Facebook’s album.

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October 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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Man Of Many Faces, So Be It.

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When I saw this, I was like UH! This is a brilliant 3D piece executed by Walee.  This project is commissioned for the Beax Arts.

Sketchbook Project. You have exactly 30 days to sign-up if you had not done so. Provided you are now in USA. I remembered posting this link before; and I was wondering if we could do a similar concept in Singapore.  It will be terrific for cultivating the budding artsy scene here. Perhaps we can engage with the National Library Board here to work out something. What do you think?

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October 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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