find out your personality trait
your thoughts on being in a creative partnership with your life partner?
[R] It’s definitely not easy at the start. We quarrel on almost every project we’re on (for a good reason). But over time, we learn to find a common ground to push both our styles further than we can by ourselves. Now, I am thankful and seriously lucky to have found Ella, who moulded me to become who I am today.
[E] We fill in what each of us lacks. It’s exciting because we argue about solutions, we gain new perspectives from each other and we are challenged all in the name of giving our clients good design.
What is good design?
[R] Good design makes sense — It is functional, solves issue(s) and help clients become better versions of themselves.
[E] Good design is solution(s) that stands the test of time (and future problems).
Where do you find inspiration (online and offline)?
[R] People around me, long bus rides alone, travels, Pinterest, Instagram, books, and sometimes Behance.
[E] I am on Pinterest often. It’s my virtual inspiration sketchbook of scenes, objects, fashion, happy reminders and designs I love. I also find inspiration through my surroundings, especially in Singapore. I do not take inspiration from obvious icons like MBS or the Merlion, but rather from mundane objects we often overlook like the green fence that surrounds a school, a railing in the playground, or tile patterns found in an old store.
What is your dream project?
[R] To brand a karaoke pub or unique businesses, and improve the overall Singapore public collaterals (and be paid well doing it).
[E] To start a graphic design museum in Singapore, and to invite speakers from different countries to share their passion of design with our community.
Would you ever disagree with a client?
[R] I do disagree with clients from time to time, but any decision made stems from the betterment of the project, and not simply because we want to defend our works. I believe some friction and debate (if necessary) is always welcomed to push projects to greater heights.
[E] Yes I will if the context given by the client does not make any sense or does not help their problem. As designers, it is also our part to make sure the creative solution is good and not clouded by a visual bombardment. We offer more with less because it is well thought of.
How do you unwind?
[R] I’m a workaholic and I hardly unwind to be honest. But recently, I’ve been getting back into sports every weekend with a group of friends to get myself away from my workstation. Else, Ella will usually pull me out to spend time or travel together.
[E] Switch on my CD player or Spotify and sing aloud, play explorative games on PS4, build fantasy worlds in Minecraft, attempt personal projects to improve my skillsets and having Ryan spend quality time with me.
What is your biggest interest now?
[R] Exploring different options to achieve a work-life balance.
[E] Designing and planning little details for our BTO flat.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
[R] Keep Reinventing Yourself - Felix Ng (@madebyanonymous)
[E] When arranging flowers, make them look like you just picked them from a garden. Make them look natural not perfect. – I use the same analogy in my design philosophy too.
Your workplace is also your home. Does this ever hinder your work?
[R] I’m very clear on separating private space from work space, which sets the state of mind for work and play. It also boils down to having strict discipline and not be distracted by other things around you like your bed, etc.. Working from home also meant I can dress comfortably in my shorts and get to work in 10secs. Hah!
[E] I actually think my efficiency goes up because I work even faster and I work more but it also means less hours of sleep and that’s not good.