2D II – Project 2 Part II – Zine Neighborhood Explorer Research

What’s a zine?

A zine (/ˈzn/ zeen; short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Usually zines are the product of a single person, or a very small group.


The design should be clean and easy to read. If there is a lot of text, it’s best to stick with a straightforward font such as Times New Roman or Garamond. Serif fonts are generally easier to read than Sans Serif.

Titles, headlines, lists, sidebars, pull quotes, and captions are places where we can use the fancier and quirkier typefaces.

Proof-read the copy once it’s typeset and again after it’s done. Don’t let those spelling and grammar errors get past. It have a way of deflating the impact of the work.


There are many different type of way in layering out the pages depending on the topic and the style you are going for. The size of the fonts and photo play a part too. It cannot be all chunk together and make sure there is enough spacing for every elements.






4D II – Project 2 Process & Final


For project 2 I decided to do something a bit different instead of continuing from project 1. This project is more of my insecurities. I used to think why it is so unfair that I have a backbone like this. I was primary 5 when I found out about this through school health checkup. Went to see a doctor at NUH and this backbone caused me to wear a costly and heavy brace everywhere I go. It was so uncomfortable and warm inside, I just hate wearing it. Even so, this could not fix my backbone problem which is called Scoliosis and it got worst. My parents decided to bring me to a private doctor instead.

Scoliosis, a person with scoliosis has a sideways curve to their spine. The curve is often S-shaped or C-shaped.

I don’t have to wear the brace anymore after changing doctor and up till now I am still seeing doctor for this. He says it will be a slow process and I just have to bear with it.

I always avoid wearing skin tight clothes because people could see that the right upper back pops out more because of the curved. In secondary school, I used to hide the fact that I have a curved backbone because not everyone is like me. I am afraid of how people might look at me just because I am “different” from them. Slowly, I start to open up more about this and feel that it’s okay to be “different”.

The project will shows the records of my health checkup in school and the records of my doctor appointment. Not all the records are around because I threw some away. The purpose of putting this is because it shows how my backbone test is always positive and since primary 5, I am having this problem up till now.

The recording playing at the background are the sounds that I always hear when I was at the Chiropractic Clinic. There are mini conversations and sounds of the machine that they use. I recorded it when I visit the doctor recently.

This coming year is the 6th year visiting the clinic. It’s something very familiar to me because I used to visit there once every two weeks, then once a month and slowly once every 3 months. It is really time and money consuming but thankful for my parents supporting me throughout.


Artist statement



Hiew Jin Yee


She is always afraid of how people look at her from the outside. Insecure about her own body, she decided to hide it. She avoids skin tight clothing and never wants to mention it to anyone. However, as she grows older she realized that there is nothing to be ashamed about. She embrace her own insecurities and able to openly share her own experience about it. In this video, she photograph her medical records and with the soundtrack of the clinic surrounding noise to portray something personal yet familiar to herself.


2D II – Project 2 Part 1 – Zine Neighborhood Explorer Process + Final

After visiting the site, I found out that the neighborhood is just like any other neighborhood with market, coffee shops, HDB, community club and park.

So what makes Boon Keng special?

I did asked a few people who stay there, and what they told me was that they love staying in this area is because of its location. It is easily accessible to other place especially the food within there, like Swee Choon.

I decided to do on the food around Boon Keng, to show that Boon Keng is easily accessible to other places within 30mins or so. 

I went to search and look around what are the food around that is near to Boon Keng. I came out with this 5 location that is rather famous and interesting.

  1. Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
    There is always a queue but don’t worry cause it moves relatively fast. For someone that don’t take spicy like me, the curry there is just nice for us!

    229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
    Mon – Sun, 11am – 3.30am

  2. Chye Seng Huat Hardware
    Apparently this is not a hardware store but a cafe! This shop retained the rustic feel of the old shop house, with the old signboard and the metal grills. It’s quite a interesting place to visit in the neighborhood.

    150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
    Tues – Fri, 9am – 7pm, Sat and Sun 9am – 10pm (closed on Mon)

  3. Hungry Heroes
    Theme restaurants are uncommon in Singapore, this restaurant will satisfy your inner desire to dine alongside with Superheroes.

    33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656
    Mon – Fri, 4pm – 12am, Sat 11am – 12am and Sun 11am – 11pm

  4. Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
    I’m sure everyone know this popular dim sum restaurant with long queues every evening. They opened till 6am which make it a all time favorite supper spot!

    191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
    Mon – Sun, 6pm – 6am (Closed on Tues)

  5. 126 Dim Sum 搵到食
    126 dim sum is often compared to Swee Choon but each have it’s good points. 126 dim sum is known for its cheap and decent quality dim sum if looking for a fuss-free spot to satisfy your cravings.

    1086 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328187
    Mon – Sun, 5pm – 2am

After googling the travel distance online and know their exact location on the map, I decided to do my design according to the location on maps.


I did the building in illustrator with reference to the images. So here is my infographic on Boon Keng. Where it shows the name of restaurant, address and travel time from the MRT.

Feedback that I received:

  • The idea of introducing food is there but doesn’t bring out the point where Boon Keng is convenient.
  • Be consistent on the travel time, the time is based on by foot or by public transport?
  • Can’t tell what they are selling, be more specific. Maybe by adding the food that they are selling around them.
  • Who is my target audience?


At first when I got Boon Keng, I was thinking what is there in Boon Keng? After visiting the site, I ask myself the same question, what is there in Boon Keng that make it special? Boon Keng is just like any other ordinary neighborhood. After asking some residents around, I guess the special thing about Boon Keng is the location. How convenient it is to travel around?

I have some difficulties doing this infographic because I can’t find a direction to work towards. The initial idea of just introducing Boon Keng doesn’t make Boon Keng a special place. Whatever Boon Keng have, it can be found in other neighborhood too.  I seek some help from my friend and researching more on the area around Boon Keng, then I decided to do on the food.

Overall, this project was challenging and I’m glad I found a direction to work with and certainly there is a lot to improve for this infographic after receiving the feedback.