Communication design graduates in Singapore have unveiled their creativity in an exhibition at the National Design Centre.
The 62 newly-minted Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) graduates showcased their talents through an interpretation of the theme "Tictalk: Tweaking Thru Time".
The graduates undertook their RMIT degrees through the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), which in 2014 marked 27 years of transnational education partnership with RMIT.
The exhibition theme encompassed the temporal facets of the graduates' design journey by demonstrating their ongoing creative evolvement, with organisers of the showcase describing the designers as having "nailed the past, polished the present, now watch them sculpt the future".
Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, CEO of SIM Global Education, said the exhibition sought to educate the public about design awareness.
"The exhibition showed how each designer came to choose design as their career paths, as well as the trials and difficulties they faced in order to pursue their dreams," he said.
The graduate designers exhibited their creative works through their own idiosyncratic and unique aesthetic styles, demonstrating nuances in self-interpretation and a strong development of innovative design skills.
They presented their creative works through posters, infographic illustrations, specially-bound books and art albums, sculptures, self-made stationery, cartoons, and other quirky knick-knacks - further accentuating their unique style with individual name cards that were works of typography art in themselves.
Dr Neal Haslem, lecturer in Communication Design, said this cohort of designers would "graduate into an expanded field of communication design practice, teeming with exciting opportunities and equipped to confidently negotiate wicked challenges".
Graduate David Boo one of the organisers of the event, said communication design should be an essential part of every company, especially in an age where digitalism and social media was enabling faster circulation and therefore changing the stakes of communication.
"In order to communicate with impact and carry out intended organisational goals - whether that's eliciting action or changing perceptions by informing target audiences - good and innovative design must be part of the message," he said.
"RMIT's Communication Design program teaches its students the art of framing your message in an appealing, memorable context using creative, skilful design, so that your message rises above the noise level to communicate to your audience and elicit that response.
"Hence, someone with communication design qualifications is always in demand and I think RMIT has equipped us with an advantage."
The graduate designers not only demonstrated individuality in their approach to their work, but also revealed their personal and career interests.
Graduates sought to exercise their communication design skills in diverse ways - whether for consumer-based brands or for NGOs advocating for social change.
Some of the works were for charities such as Project Goodwill, an organisation that supports neglected children.
An infographic poster designed and compiled by a team of six graduates used the tagline, "The cost of our simplicity, is a luxury to them".
The simple setup was a metaphor for those in positions of privilege and how with minimal effort we can support those in less fortunate positions tremendously.
Some designers converted everyday objects such as biscuit tins as a means of displaying a client's miniature items, thus functioning as a mobile shop window.
Others promoted messages about family cohesion through designing coasters depicting quality family time.
The RMIT-SIM collaboration is Australia's largest transnational education partnership, producing more than 30,000 graduates since 1987.
About 8,400 students are currently undertaking RMIT degrees through SIM, with programs ranging from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) to the Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management).
The TicTalk theme focused on the graduates' evolvement as designers.
Coasters promoting family cohesion.
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