Our neighbour designers

Stumbled upon a list, a damn long list of Singapore creative and design studios. I was so impressed, and at the same time i do feel ashame...

Honestly, I can't even think of more than 10 Malaysia design studio which is really great in quality and pioneer in the industry. Those who know how to promote themselves and act to be famous usually cannot do good works; those who are doing good works are never exposed and also never have their website updated. There are many young and passionate designers around but only selling their works in flea market. And we got some established studios but are just too old fashioned and not energetic enough, we also got very good advertising people, but they usually only care about their awards and fuck care the design industry.

Is there something to do with our market or uneducated clients? I don't know... of course there are tons of talented Malaysian designers around, I don't know why our design industry is not moving any forward. We check many good stuffs everyday, we know what is good and what is bad, but why we can only produce so-so works most of the time. Maybe we're not trying hard enough, maybe we should stop doing 'good, but not good enough' stuff, maybe it is due to our country leader don't have any art sense, maybe we Malaysian only want to be relax... I don't know. Maybe I'm not even qualified to talk about this, of course I'm blaming myself too.

- werk magazine by workwerk

- high and dry by &larry

- 20/20 movement by black design

- brill by couple

- chocolate research facility by asylum

- a catholic view on marriage+sexuality by H55

Damn... you should check out the Singapore's creative list.
Never able to see every single one, but some i do really like:

http://www.jonathanyuen.com (this is Malaysian)

If you have any good suggestion on really kick-ass local design studio/ individual, please send it to me, maybe we should compile one Malaysia creative list too (atleast 1-10). We still have a long way to go...


Yanda said...

Hi. Thanks for the post. Hope to see your compiled list of Malaysian designers too!

Anyhow, actually cuckoo, jonathanyuen and maybe milkphotographie shouldn't be in that list because they ain't born a singaporean. Urgh.

Now, I am trying to compile a list of creatives from Japan current so please stay tune.

Driv said...

Hi Yanda,
Glad to hear from you again.
Can't wait for the japan creatives list!

Yanda said...


here it is. lacking of graphic designers though. i don't know much, sadly.

Muid Latif said...

Driva, you're most qualified to talk about this because you are directly involved with the whole creative content and with your experiences, i wouldn't even doubt yourself ;-)

I agree with our same observation in packaging. We have tons of great talents but barely can package ourselves nicely as most put their work in blogspot or deviantart. Others would buy their own domain and hosting.

Last year, I had list down Malaysia Young Notable Illustrator. You'll be more proud and surprise there are actually great and qualify designer more you can think of. You are also in the list and i suggest you go and have a look at our local.


There's nothing to be ashamed of as we have a lot more to list.

Maybe sometimes we are ignorant to care that out there there's a lot potential people. And having my own portal to showcase Malaysian talent, it take hard work and research so do spread around and support as much as possible.



Driv Loo. said...

Hey Muid just read about your comment till now -_-'' Thanks, yeah lets work harder for our design industry.