VC II | dialogue in the dark

Having been in dialogue in the dark once, I thought I will have the same experience and feeling after my visit. However, it never fails to surprise! Every visit there is a whole different experience and I still feel the jitters once everything turns pitch black.

Once we entered and we are unable to see, I felt very scared and insecure. Losing an important sense meant that we have to make sure of our other senses, and it was a tough deal. Sight is very important to a lot of us, and we might regard it as the most important sense. Without sight, I tried to use sense of touch and hearing to navigate within the space.

I felt quite reliant on others, and constantly wanted someone to guide me around. I used a lot of sense of touch, and kept touching things and making sure that the nearby surroundings was safe to walk before moving on. A weird statement, but I felt that the blind were the ones with sight inside the space. It was so dark but they managed to guide us through, and even helped my fellow group members that needed help.

It’s definitely not easy for them to move about, as they need to familiarise themselves with the surroundings and it takes time. Familiarising themselves takes a huge mind memory toll on them to remember so much, and it’s like they have a “mind map” inside of them.

Inside there, without my sight, I experienced daily life activities in a different way, with the usage of my other senses. I realised that sometimes just viewing isn’t everything, engaging all 5 senses is more important and sensual.

I also gained an insight on how one, not blinded by birth can adapt so well due to circumstances. I also realised that for the blind, audio is very important. We shouldn’t take the gift that we have for granted and instead, should appreciate.

Some benefits inherent in the design research technique is facilitate, empathise, opening to new opportunities and ideas, seeing from a different POV and cohesiveness.

Role playing can help designers discover solutions and methods that are in conjunction with the roles. Some examples are having solutions like the usage of textures, audio and visual tools.

That’s it from my dialogue in the dark reflection!

Till then,

VC1 | trip to national design centre

The various type of design practiced encountered are:

VC – Visual Communications
PI – Product & Industrial Design
FA – Fashion & Accessories
EN – Environmental Design

pi – product & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

fa – fashion & accessories

en – environmental DESIGN
VC – Visual Communications

These are how Visual Communications Design has changed over the years. In the past, design works has a different style, in comparison to current years. The usage of colours seemed more dull, and have a retro towards it. The usage of typography also shows the difference as the fonts used in the past are fonts not as commonly used in current days.

Advertisements and posters are always designed with a tagline/slogan in mind, so that it helps capture the attention of the audience, and supporting the visual graphics.

I found this advertisement relatively interesting and a good way to show the advancement of Singapore. The text wrote “Keep Singapore Clean”, with the graphic of Phillips vacuum cleaner. In today’s context, this advertisement might not be as impactful as it was, due to the advancement of Singapore. Singapore used to be a country that was not very clean and sanitary, as they had tons of trash. However, with Singapore’s advancement, the sanitary and hygiene got better and Singapore is now classified as clean and green. Thus, the advertisement’s tagline of making Singaporean clean will not be as impactful.

future goals/key thrust for design in sg

Singapore might have a chance to be a leading influence on Asian and International Design. They have the potential base to be the base for strategic decision research and development to complement the manufacturing prowess and immense market potential of the Asian markets.

The role of design will be increasingly important and will move up the value chain.


It is good that design in Singapore is getting more recognition and value. Having support from Singaporeans is really a huge jump and change for Singapore, as they used to focus more on academics.

Till then,