Design Future/Now Exhibition 2017

  • In partnership with the Singapore Design Week 2017, the School of Design and Environment at The National University of Singapore presents a 2 part exhibition featuring  works by students of the Division of Industrial Design and research investigation conducted by the Design Incubation Centre.

    The exhibition was designed, curated and set up by the team at the Design Incubation Centre, with Art Direction by Patrick Chia.
    DIC Team: Yuta Nakayama, Willie Tay, Jonathan Chinen, Gloria Ngiam and Naroth Murali.


    PART I – Design Future/Now
    Featuring a selection of recent works by students and practicing alumnus of the Division of Industrial Design, this exhibition aims to provide a snapshot of the future and now of design practice and design education in Singapore.

    PART II- Priming of the Classroom Experience
    This is an in-progress exhibition of a probe project being conducted by the Design Incubation Centre.
    Drawing on insights gain from cognitive science, space design, physiological and physiological research, this project explores and aims to propose new possible conditions for the optimum learning and teaching.
  • A platform project initiated and run by the Design Incubation Centre in the Division of Industrial Design, students learn how to programme and build a drawing robot as part of their learning curriculum.

    Course led by Yuta Nakayama.

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  • Roly Poly is designed to enable two individuals to “sense” the presence of each other even though they may be physically apart. The mirrored movements in a pair of Roly Polys is such that a soft tap to rock one will simultaneously rock its partner to the same degree, creating a corresponding reaction in the other instantly. 

    Designed by Yuta Nakayama.

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  • Part art installation, part documentation, part archival, “Collective Consciousness in 3D” is a probe project initiated by the Design Incubation Centre. The aim is to capture a 3D snapshot of who we are at this moment in time.

    Scanning and archival by Willie Tay.

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  • Priming the Classroom Experience: featuring several different projects from the initial probe into "priming", this section is made up of the research work done by the probe team.

    Research and outcomes by Gloria Ngiam and Naroth Murali.

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  • A woman from the public trying out fidget modules during Design Week, that were prototyped and built by the Design Incubation Centre, and tested out in several trials with Canberra Primary School in Singapore.

    Research and outcomes by Gloria Ngiam and Naroth Murali.

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  • A collection of graduation books spanning from 2011 to 2016, featuring a body of work from the Division of Industrial Design in the National University of Singapore.
  • The works of 4th Year Industrial Design students, featuring their own prototypes, and iPads/flatscreen monitors to feature their videos. 
  • Selected works by 12 alumni from the Division of Industrial Design, to feature the breadth of disciplines and sectors designers are involved with today.