NAFA student is among top 11 in worldwide typography competition

(14 June 2016, Tuesday) The creative touch of late Iraqi female architect Zaha Hadid, in buildings such as the Phaeno Science Center in Germany and the Bridge Pavilion in Spain, sparked the winning inspiration for Nur Muhammad Hasif Fadil. The late architect’s signature strokes and curves were adapted in the typeface created by the Diploma in Graphic Communication student from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). With this font, Hasif, 21, won an award in the TDC Typeface Design Competition 2016 organized by the Type Directors Club. The font, Mornic, was listed among the world’s 11 best typefaces, out of some 170 entries.

Hasif, who entered NAFA after graduating from the Yusof Ishak Secondary School, chose to do graphic design because of his interest in advertising and product branding. For his final-year project, he also created a campaign to promote public awareness about the needs of those who are hearing-impaired.

Madrasah Aljunied graduate ventured into landscape design
Realizing that her skill was not in Arabic, Nur Hafizah Munasib, a graduate of Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, did not pursue her pre-university education in religious studies. Instead, she decided to pursue her interests in the areas of environment and photography. Hafizah, 22, took a Diploma in Design (Landscape & Architecture) at NAFA before pursuing her honours degree in Spatial Design.

During her course of study, Hafizah found herself exposed to a variety of projects that required her to interact with the public. This made her more confident that landscape design was most suitable for her, especially after she won an award in the PubliCity competition organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), where her team was tasked with contributing fresh design ideas for the Marina Bay area.

For her final-year project, Hafizah designed a “labyrinth” for Kampong Buangkok, the last surviving kampong in Singapore. The proposed maze is located apart from the residential area, so that visitors can learn about village life without affecting the daily activities of residents.

Al-Maarif graduate explores creativity through furniture-making
Even though she was studying at Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah a few years ago, Nur Amanina Abu Samah had never confined her education path to religious studies alone. Her interest in furniture design started out because she would help her parents decorate their house, something which challenged her creativity. This is what inspired Nina, 21, to take up a Diploma in Design (Furniture & Spatial) at NAFA.

Nina worked with design company ACRE for her final-year project. Along the theme of “Serious Fun”, she created a room divider for ACRE’s office, which can be closed when formal meetings are being held, and opened when staff are having leisure activities. She shared that one of the challenges of working with clients was striking the balance between implementing her own ideas and fulfilling the clients’ needs, while respecting the clients’ ideas at the same time.

During her studies, Nina also had the opportunity to participate in FurnitureORIGINS 2016, where she collaborated with students from King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand. Together, they designed the DePatiole daybed, which went into production by Thai manufacturers Hawaii Thai and Deesawat.

Media: Berita Harian, Gah!, Page 10

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