Do Not Design is a creative agency based in Singapore specialising in work for art, culture and commerce. Set out to build a new way to connect, we help brands identify opportunities and build relationship with audiences. We redefine briefs to better campaign; design to surprise; provoke interactions, and engage interests and engagements across mediums, industries and generations. We are a well-developed network of creative producers—designers, strategists, marketers to writers, photographers and illustrators working in branding, events marketing, digital and spatial design in a variety of clients ranging from museums and non-profit art spaces to publishers, universities and government organisations, public-listed companies, small-to-medium-size enterprises, new startups and individual artists, that includes Crocodile, DesignSingapore Council, Dr. Martens, Fred Perry, harryhalim, John Clang, Kingsland Global, Luxola, National Arts Council, National University of Singapore, N Tyler, Shentonista, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Tiger Beer (US), Zouk. The agency has received recognition and awards from some of the most prestigious international design competitions, including the British D&AD, New York One Show Design, Creative Circle Awards, Tokyo Type Directors Club, and the New York Art Directors Club. Our work has also featured in numerous international design publications, including Quotation Magazine, It's Nice That, Magculture, Design 360, Asia Pacific Design, Asian Creatives ‘150 Emerging Asian Creatives to Watch’.
Documenting New York based Singaporean photographer, John Clang's solo exhibition, Being Together, this catalogue also serves as an extension of the exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. This book presents 5 family-themed series comprising a total of 93 works that were created between 2001 and 2012. This book also includes essays by Szan Tan, Patricia Levasseur de la Motte and Gwen Lee.
In this globalised, fluid world where migration is prevalent, family units are often broken up and displaced. Being Together is an exhibition that speaks of the triumph of the family unit thanks to the usage of technology.
To celebrate the indomitable spirit of human relations, this publication is made up of papers of varying textures, sizes and colours that manage to complement each other as well – reflecting the harmony and intimacy that can still exist even if a family faces disparity. The loose leafs of varying irregular papers and photographs of different families all bound together in one book serves as a reminder of the ties that bind in this isolating urban society.
John Clang is a visual artist working in photography. His photographs examine and question the world he lives in, providing an intimate mental reflection of one man’s mind, rather than being just a pictorial documentation. In 2010, he became the first photographer to receive the Designer of the Year award at the President’s Design Award. Clang has participated in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. His works have been collected by the Singapore Art Museum and private collectors.