Aesthetics Aside: Observations on Design in the Everyday


From riding escalators in a city to chart its ascent to visiting a factory that manufactures plastic chairs used everywhere, this collection of 30 essays chronicle Justin Zhuang’s decade-long search for design in the everyday. Each offers a journey beyond the stylish “designer” world, on to the designed graphics, environments and objects that we encounter daily.

The essays cover four themes, including the nature of design, the histories of anonymous objects, as well as design and urban development in Singapore.

Design never looked so ordinary, and extraordinary.

About Justin Zhuang
Justin Zhuang has an interest in design, cities, culture, history and media. The top graduate from the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design Criticism program in New York contributes to various architecture and design magazines, including Metropolis, Eye on Design and Works That Work.

Zhuang has also written and edited numerous books about design and urban life in Singapore, including the INDEPENDENCE: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s (2012) and Mok Wei Wei: The Works of W Architects (2020).

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ESSAYS BY Justin Zhuang
YEAR 2022
DETAILS Soft cover, OTA Bind, 234pp
18cm x 11cm
ISBN 978-981-18-4284-9

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