Brehi: Kelantan, under the skin

This photography book is a study of the five performing arts that define the state of Kelantan—wayang kulit, makyong, dikir barat, menora and main puteri. The book features 85 colour and black & white images of dalangs and dancers, poets and singers, actors and musicians—behind, on– and off–stage.

For the book cover, initial designs never felt quite right, as any one image that was used seemed to imply that the book was about that particular performance. With the photographers’ suggestion, we explored the merging of images, giving it a sense of mystery, intimacy, and a hint of sensuality.

To further enhance the nature of the book, each chapter title of the book used ligatures and flourishes to create a sense of movement and performance. Some of which had be designed as they weren’t available within the chosen typeface system.

Client: Soraya Yusof Talismail and Ariff Awaluddin
Studio: William Harald-Wong & Associates / 2018

ISKL Heritage Walk Map

An illustrated map for the International School of Kuala Lumpur that feature points of interest for visitors and alumni. The points of interest is a reflection of the school’s history and present time, as they have recently moved to a new campus.

Designing the map was a bit of a challange because unlike more traditional maps of searching for a building, these items were located on different floors and rooms. Being as accurate as possible with the numbered location was key to ensure users would be able to find their way in relation to the school’s many structures.

Client: International School of Kuala Lumpur

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit
& Contemporary Malaysian Theatre

The Five Arts Centre published a book in which fourteen writers from different disciplines, generations and backgrounds draw from personal encounters, critical theory and performance analysis to engage with ideas about Krishen Jit’s theatre.

The brief for this project essentially gave me free range for the design of the book. From each chapter to the next, the designs were different in an attempt to capture and reflect the content of each chapter. The designs created for the book had pushed me beyond my comfort zones, but resulted in something unique to the Five Arts Centre.

Client: Five Arts Centre
Studio: William Harald-Wong & Associates / 2018

This project pitch was a collaborative effort for the 2020 d-Awards for those working in the digital space. I worked to establish the designs and its application across social media.

To kick off the campaign for the d-Awards,  “What does it mean to be digital?” was used to create engagement and encourage submissions.

Client: Malaysian Digital Association
Studio: Some Early Birds / 2020

4As Annual Report

Design for the MAA Annual Report (Malaysian Advertisers Association).

Client: Malaysian Advertisers Association
Studio: Some Early Birds / 2020

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