Celebrating 50th Icograda World Communication Design Day 2013

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while but I was taking the whole issues slowly thinking that I wanted to know more to be able to convince myself about it. This is about how designers can contributes in facilitating the way we do things in Malaysia. If you meet a Malaysian and start a conversation with one, you will soon come to realised that Malaysian (most of us), loves eating out and loves food. And if you have the chance to visit Malaysia you will soon come to understand why, or may be will be able to make a reason out of it. This is because there are plenty of hawker’s styles food around, and most of them are selling cheap and sometimes they do served fresh food.

Lucky enough, in Malaysia we can get hold to this hawker’s style food easily, but on the other side come to think about it, there is not much choice of food to eat. On perception, it does seems that there are varieties of Malaysian cuisine. Yes indeed, I agree there are plenty of Malaysian cuisine, but then when you start eating out, you will soon understand what I mean here. The selections are limited to the Malaysian favorite food style, or perhaps, what people think is Malaysian favorite food, such as Nasi lemak, Nasi Ayam, selections of Nasi Goreng, Chicken curry, Mee Goreng, Roti Canai, Nasi Kandar, Rendang, and so on is j

Ephemeral Memorabilis
Ephemeral Memorabilis by Nurul Rahman 2013 – Submission for Korean Design Trend Exhibition

“All men are designers. All that we do,
almost all the time,
is design, for design is basic to all human activity.

Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the fact that design is the primary underlying matrix of life. Design is composing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto.

But design is also cleaning and reorganizing a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie, choosing sides for a backlot baseball game, and educating a child.” Victor Papanek – Design for the real world.
wrega Celebrating IWCDD

On 24 April 2013, all the designers in Penang come together to celebrate the Icograda World Communication Design Day,
for its 50th anniversary. The celebration took place at the exhibition ground at the New World Park, Burma Road Penang. It is in conjuction with the weekly series by wREGA (Association of Graphic Design Malaysia) that bring designers together called Jack In the Box. The idea of the celebration is to portray and highlight Penang Island, as one of the cultural heritage in the world and where the design and arts collates. Supported by Graphic Design Department (Dr. Zainurul Rahman), School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Urban Cr3tures (Chun Woei), New World Park (Alex), Georgetown Festival (Wanida) and Vividesign (Vivian), the events that took place from 6 to 10 pm, managed to get around 50 designers and students (from KDU, USM, and Han Chiang Colleges) to stick their post notes with wishes and notes about Penang legendary icon, P.Ramlee. The end of the session, a portrait of P. Ramlee, a truly Penang icon who was also an actor, comedian, singer, film director, song writers, musician and most of all the cultural ambassador of Malaysia was created. This is the benchmark of the future design, arts and culture growth in Penang, Malaysia.