ZINE: Say Hi to the Houses


The final version of my zine design was inspired by the annual District Design Dialogue event at Holland Village that I visited during Singapore Design Week. My concept was changing along the way, from capturing the atmosphere at Holland Village during day and night to celebrating design in an international neighborhood.


The final zine will lead the visitor through the house tour full of interactive artworks, drinks, and music.

I tested printed another few types of paper as the Marble White 120gsm paper is a bit too thick for the zine.


I received constructive feedback from my classmates and professor. I am glad that my classmates like the choice of colours and found the cover page eye-catching, however, maybe the symbolic object I chose could be more relatable, and easier for the reader to understand the narrative. Also, there are still flaws in printing, as the last page is not perfectly aligned. I will work carefully on the software and also check on the printing to make sure the outcome has the best quality. Some also suggested that the font could be easier to understand. Overall, I had found doing this project, attaining the event, trying a quite different graphics style this time. I am from a product design background which emphasizes practicality. Sometimes, I found it hard to break the constraints. I am grateful that my professor pushed my limited and answer my doubts patiently. I will step out of my comfort zone and explore more about graphic design in the future.



The first draft of the zine was printed out on the normal paper. The theme is celebrating design at HV neighborhood based on the new research and observation at the annual event at Holland Village during the Singapore Design Week.

However, the first draft is lacking in the “celebrating design elements”. Also, it seems to be a zine for children instead of design lovers. Moreover, the design style is not consistent, and the pages seem to be stand-alone posters. Thus, I worked on the narrative and style for the second draft.


Photos OF #DDDSG

I started to filter the photos that I took at the event to find the focus of my zine. I decided to pay more attention to one of the houses that opened for the exhibition. That house was opened for EYEYAH!, which showcased works including t-shirts, painting, and installations of over 30 artists. At the second floor, there is one room where the visitor could use the VR googles to find the logo of the exhibition around the room. I was able to capture a moment that a little girl was playing with it.

I decided to use the VR google in my zine cover to make it fun and eye-catching.

I also used the elements and colours on the street for the zine design.

Further, another room in this house has walls of artworks done by artist and the visitors are free to draw and write on the wall. It gave me inspiration for the style of my zine design.


Combinophy is a photography series made by Romanian graphic designer Cristiana Costin. After having captured daily life scenes, she combines her analog photographs with digital illustrations, transforming images into surreal settings

Cover Page
3rd & 4th Pages

The pattern is created for the location Chip Bee Garden. I used the elements from the chip, bee, and garden (flower).



I test printed the first four pages on different papers with different printers.

The Marble White 120gsm paper seems to be the ideal paper out of all. It gives the metallic effect which matches the theme of the zine design.


The title of the cover page is not interesting enough to match the zine design. I might think of a new one instead of putting the name of the location. Also, I will explore more different handwriting title font to get the one that matches the text font. Moreover, the style will be spread into the rest of the pages. Lastly, adjust the composition to achieve the visual hierarchy.

Zine Research – Holland Village



I had trips to Holland Village during the day and night. I planned to create the atmosphere of Holland Village using abstract forms.  However, I only capture the general ideas of Hollan Village which are known by the majority, and uninteresting. Thus, I decided to explore the street party event at Holland Village and find out the unique side of Holland Village.