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Viscom II: The Sensitive Chameleon Mood Lamp


I wanted by deliverables to be catered around children while relating to my previous illustrated book. While I was researching for the next deliverable, I came across a soft toy called worried eater.

The idea of this toy was for the kids to write their worries onto a paper, crush it up and feed it to the doll. I wanted to have a similar concept, where the children can subtlely tell their emotions to their parents.

So I decided on a mood lamp. Since children are often afraid of the dark or the monsters under their bed, the addition of this product to their room would be natural.


I wanted to have three mood yellow (happiness) blue (sadness) and red (anger). Depending on the mood different mushroom would light up, creating different ambience and moods.

For the yellow setting, all the mushroom will light up, creating a bright and light atmosphere. 

for the blue setting, only the surrounding smaller mushroom will light up, casting a soft and melancholic glow onto the chameleon. 

for the red setting, only the biggest mushroom will cast a direct light onto the chameleon. This harsh lighting gives it a rather fiery feeling.

Viscom II: The Sensitive Chameleon (process)

Deliverable No. 1: Story Book Aimed at Children and their Parents

I wanted to have a deliverable where it could encourage parents to spend more time with their children. So I settled upon an illustrated storybook, where the parents would read the book with their children. Hence I crafted a story with two messages one for the children and one for the parents.


Chameleon is rather faint hearted and his colour always reflects his feelings. One day, he got invited to Rabbit’s tea party! But the journey is full of dangers. He has to cross a Raging River, travel through the SpookyWoods, and then the Shadow Forest. Will he safely reach the tea party, or will he succumb to his fears?

The chameleon represents the children, aiming to teach them that it is unhealthy to bottle up their feelings. Children will learn the different ways to purge their emotions through chameleon’s journey.

The friends that chameleon meet on his journey aims to educate parents on the various different ways they can aid their children healthily manage their emotions.


Mock up

things to fix:

  • margins (my text disappeared due to the binding
  • the binding (look into hardcover binding)
  • the text had orphans and rivers.
  • grammar mistakes

Final Illustrations:


Viscom II: Research on childhood education and emotional intelligence

After the presentation, I was told to look further into the different aspect of childhood education and to further specify my scope. So, I delve further into researching the different types of preschool education in Singapore.

Pre-school Education in Singapore:

There are three primary types of education in Singapore:

  1. Child Care Centres
    This is one of the most popular options among parents. according to the department of statics in Singapore, 103,548 children are currently enrolled into childcare as of Q4 2018.

  2. kindergartens
    Kindergartens are the second most popular option, with an enrolment of 2,893 (only MOE Kindergartens) students in 2018. The curriculum of childcare and a kindergarten is really similar, focusing on the holistic development of a child through play while preparing them for primary education.  The main difference between a kindergarten and childcare is that kindergartens have a shorter school period and they do not offer infant care services.
  3. Montessori
    Montessori, have a different and more unique framework that sets specific learning outcomes and knowledge skills to align with children’s developmental needs and interests. It is divided into five key areas of learning: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, and culture.

Narrowing my scope on childhood development

The primary reason why I was interested in this topic was that of my brother. My brother is currently in K2 and is attending so many tuitions. I was really concerned with his mental health and well-being. However, I started realizing something else. Being the youngest child in the family (15 years age gap :/), my brother was undeniably in the centre of attention. This made him really cranky when things don’t go his way. He would resort to screaming or crying when he wanted something. This got me to think about Emotional Intelligence in toddlers

What is Emotional Intelligence:

according to a recent study (Mayer, J. D., Caruso, D. R., & Salovey, P. (2000). Emotional intelligence meets traditional standards for intelligence. Intelligence, 27(4), 267−298.) Emotional Intelligence can be broken down into three parts:

(1) Appraisal and expression of emotion in the self: this relates to individuals’ ability to understand their deep emotions and to be able to express them naturally.

(2) Appraisal and recognition of emotion in others: this relates to individuals’ ability to perceive and understand the emotions of people around them.

(3) Regulation of emotion in the self: this relates to the ability to keep behaviours under control when experiencing extreme moods.

(4) Use of emotion to facilitate performance: this relates to the ability to use emotions and to direct them toward constructive activities and personal performance.

Why is Emotional Intelligence important in the development of a child and why developing Emotional Intelligence in children so early?

Equipping children with skills in emotional or personal intelligence may enable them to adapt and adjust to school life and academic demands more readily. By being able to label and identify their feelings accurately, the child is more in tune with himself. In addition, they are better able to purge their negative emotions in a healthy and safe way.

Why target the middle to higher income dual income family?

According to research by Lachlan Crawford & Teo Chua Tee published by the National Institute of Education (Singapore) youths, today have a harder time deloping their Emotional Intelligence. This is due to the changing patterns of family and community life, many children in dual-income families are becoming more isolated from their parents, as both father and mother enter the workforce and subsequently spend less time at home. Moreover, the Report of the Inter-Ministry Committee, published in 1995, indicated a disturbing number of marriages which ended in divorce. Concerned officials now believe that there are increasing numbers of children from divorced homes who may have difficulty in coming to terms with the break up of their parents’ marriage. In addition, many married couples are abrogating their responsibilities as parents and leaving the upbringing of their children to domestic helpers. Hence, parents are playing a smaller role in the upbringing of their children. The result is that there is a dearth of adult figures to teach children how to manage conflicts constructively through examples or through indirect methods, such as moral codes and patterns of living. Therefore my target audience would be the middle to higher income families with toddlers in kindergarten and childcare.

Observational Research: Stalking my younger brother for a day + interviewing a parent:

My Younger brother is currently k2 and is attending a Sunflower Ikidz childcare near my house in Seletar.  Parents can start dropping their kids off at 7 am, where they have play time outdoors until 10 am before their lessons commenced. Upon entering the childcare I noticed how systematic they were. children immediately took off their shoes and placed them into a designated spot by the shoe cabinet(labelled by their names). they would then take their temperature before entering the building. without being cued, the children were lining up for temperature taking in a single file, while showing their teachers their ID passes to be scanned. Once my brother cleared the checks, he rushed outside to play with his peers. At 10 am, the children were being ushered back in for their lessons. today it was math. The children were being given toys as a method of teaching them addition and subtraction. After Math lessons, it was lunch time at 12. The children all filled into the main hall, and queued to collect their food from the teachers. When lunch ended at 1 pm the kids were bathed and then they had their afternoon nap. (at this point, I went home to spare myself some boredom :P) At 3 pm, the children were being woken up for more food :3 Tea break of Milo and biscuits! At 4 pm they had their more creative class, Drama. at 5 pm the lessons ended and the children were once again free to play on their own until their parents picked them up.


One shocking thing I realized was how regimental the childcare was. It was almost until it was like a military school. The students hung onto the words of the teachers not daring to disobey them. Students who disobeyed or cried were immediately punished to stand alone by the wall until they stop crying or apologized. It was harsh. A nursery 1 child was crying as he was unfamiliar with the new environment and he was punished from play time to stand in a corner until he stops crying. It was harsh but the kids learn fast. disciplining the child made the center very efficient in their programme.

However, this did not allow the kids to show and understand their emotions. they were forced to sallow and hide their emotions. this is incredibly unhealthy.

In general, many households do not allow children to express their feelings. The typical reaction of a parent when a child is feeling unhappy is to immediately switch it. For example, when a child is crying, the parents first line of thoughts would be coo the child and immediately change their emotions. This doesn’t allow the child to identify their emotions and develop the necessary Emotional Intelligence skills. In addition, with an increasing number of children growing up under a dual income family structure, children spend less time with their parents and more time with technology. The lack of interaction between the parent and the child may negatively impact their Emotional Intelligence development. For example, a friendly child is likely to evoke positive reactions from parents and these reactions may reinforce the child to be friendly. If either the mother or father or both of them are full-time parents when the child grows up, it is likely that this child will have more experiences to interact with them.

when I was talking to the various parents about emotional intelligence education, most of them agreed that EQ was just as important as IQ. However, many felt that there isn’t a need to teach the children EQ as they felt it would be developed naturally with age.

Hence in my infographics, I will be addressing how parents can nurture EQ at home.




Illustration for designers: An Eggy Pun Par-Tea (process)


Initially, I wanted to do an egg buffet themed event, revolving the different types of egg dishes in the world~ I came up with a list of the different unique egg dishes enjoyed over the world:

  • Singapore: soft boiled egg with kaya toast
  • Japan: Tamagoyaki sushi
  • America: Sunny side up in American breakfast
  • taiwan: Tea egg

I then realised that I had no visuals to go with the illustrations. My illustrations would be unique and just end up as illustrated food shots. so I decided to go with a new theme: An Egg Pun Par-Tea

it will be an event where people celebrate international egg day, where they sit down to have tea and share their best egg puns.


  • What did the meditating egg say? Ohmm….. let
  • this is so bad but omelette (ima let it) slide
  • What did the egg say to the clown? You crack me up
  • are they from the Yolk-uza?

sketches and digital versions:

it’s so bad but omelette it slide~

ohmmmm…. let 

you crack me up~

in the end, I decided to drop this illustartion in favour of a more


  1. invitation card
  2. bento box
  3. cup
  4. coaster
  5.  Instagram advert



Illustration for Designers: Varoom (Process)


I wanted to tackle the theme of style and how fast fashion is purely toxic. There was 2 main topic I wanted to address in my magazine: Human Rights and Environmental Pollution.

The textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture. These dyes used to dye our textiles are incredibly toxic. In China, the factory of the world, it is estimated that 70%  of the rivers and lakes are contaminated by the 2.5 billion gallons of wastewater produced by the textile industry.

In addition, not only is the working environment for the garment workers horrid, they are paid the bare minimum. workers are forced to meet an insane quota per day. if they are unable to hit the quota, they would have to work extra hours and are not allowed to go for toilet breaks or drink. In fact, many are being conned of a decent wage and are then forced to slave away in the factories. Furthermore, the Rana Plaza disaster highlight how unsafe their working environment is.

target audience:


I separated my sketches into three categories:

Top: shopaholic behaviour of consumers

Middle: the human rights of the worker

Bottom: environmental pollution derived from the fast fashion industry.

I decided to work further on these two thumbnails further: the shoes of shopaholic surrounded by bags, depicting the excessive consumption of fast fashion. the bags will be slowly melting to a puddle of toxic colours depicting rivers polluted by the textile industry.

the structure of the skirt is illustrated with cactus to show how beautiful yet painful it is for the workers.

the body of a young model will be covered by the worker’s hand. this shows the hands behind the laborious production of fast fashion and how horrid their working conditions are.

refined sketches and mood boards:

in the end, I decided to work on the second idea, as it has a stronger and more impactful concept. some of the pointers I received was that:

  • the blindfolds reminded the audience of bird box and that added connotation will not help in the work. remove the blindfolds and maybe have bras or a huge logo covering her face.
  • can think of using tattoos or branding od the brand logos on to the skin
  • the migrant worker’s hand should be used more effectively to lead the viewer’s eyes

final draft:

Symbol of Hope: Translating into Graphics

Graphic Design 1 & 2 


For the first two designs, I tried going for the minimal style, trying to use basic shapes to suggest the form of the fish. Honestly, I didn’t like any of my digital attempts. I felt that it looked a lot better on paper. I think this is due to the geomatrical way i illustarted it with the pen tool. It looks rather stiff, as if its dead.

Graphic Design 3 

For my third design, I was inspired by Koinoburi: koi flag motif that is commonly found in Japan.

I really love the patterns that can be found on the body of the fish. This acted as the main inspiration for my design. I tried to incorporate as many Japanese motifs I can find, to see which would work better.

In the end, this design looked too messy and needs to be simplified by only applying one type of motif.

Graphic Design 4 & 5 

For design 4 and 5 I went down the illustrative route. The designs were inspired by koi tattoos. I love how the line work and subtle shadings suggested the form of the fish.

In general, this attempt was too illustrative and I had to simplify the all of the elements.

Design 6:

For the last design, I think I may have lost it when I was doing it. I went full abstract. needless to say, it is too abstract I need more elements to bring out the form of the koi.

scroll down for the “deciphered” fish

Yeah, I’ve lost it…


Simplify all of the illustrations, stray away from an illustrative approach, make use of shapes instead of line works.






VSICOM: Symbol of hope initial ideation and sketches

Idea 1

I love the image of the little matchstick girl, striking a match wishing for the simple pleasure in life. Sometimes the simplest things in life are what you miss the most after they have been robbed from you. The simplicity of her wishes struck me and I wanted to express that in my designs. The light and the heat provided by the fire that is used to sustain life in the cold winter reminded me of hope. The comforting warmth that envelops your whole body reminds me of a huge family warming up by the fireplace, cheerful laughter filling up the whole space.

Initial sketches:


The fate of the matchstick is a little cruel. Her happiness was short-lived after the fire burned out. To worsen things she eventually died and joined her grandmother in heaven. The hospital should be filled with things with positive vibes and hence this idea was eventually dropped.  


Idea 2

The moment that I heard about the brief being set in the hospital, I immediately decided that I needed to incorporate “Zeness” in my designs. After all, hospitals are a place for healing. I then decided upon koi fishes. After a bit of researching, I realise that Koi is a perfect icon for this.


Symbol of hope:

There is a legend surrounding the Koi as a symbol of strength. The ancient tale tells the story of a school of koi swimming up the yellow river. Nearing the end they reached a waterfall. Upon reaching the foot of the mountain, many of the koi gave up except for one. He tried and tried swimming up the mountain, but he always failed. Many mocked his attempts, but he never gave up. After hundreds of years, the koi finally succeeded The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength. Strength is a congruent part of hope. Strength is needed to overcome the bad days when the pain gets too much to function. To continue smiling, to push on with the medication, to see the next day requires strength. And to me that embodies hope.   


Icon of Zen

There is something about koi, that gives off the feeling of calmness. The serene yet powerful movements of the koi, combined with the peaceful ripples create a tranquil atmosphere. Where one can almost connect with their inner self, resting, and healing themselves. This became one of the main drivers for my graphic designs.


The action of feeding:

I wanted to draw on some childhood memories in my design. I remember my favourite thing to do when I’m at Botanical Garden was to feed the fishes. I would beg my parents to buy a bag of bread to feed the fishes. Furthermore, the action of feeding also incorporates the action of nurturing. The constant care and attention are given to raise the koi, reminds me of mother’s love. Which is why I was adamant on incorporating the action of feeding into my designs.

Initial Sketches

Proposed idea:

I wanted to create a dynamic upwards swirling movement of the fishes going upwards towards a girl feeding them. The upward movements of the fish symbolise the uplifting of emotions and I hope I can put a smile to the patient’s faces when they see them.



Explore more on the dynamic movements of the fish while incorporating ripples into the designs.