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Jesvin Yeo
Associate Professor
School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Jesvin Yeo is a design researcher and enthusiast in cultural and intangible heritage preservation that are relevant to Singapore. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Design Art at the School of Art, Design and Media and Assistant Dean of Students at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Jesvin has an M.A. in Design Studies from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London and a PhD in Psychological Studies from the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University. She is the author of art and culture books: “Vanishing crafts” and “Vanishing materials” and “Architectural decoration: negotiating symbols across time and place”.

Research Statement

Jesvin’s research work explores how design affects societies and how these societies also change the design. In the area of cultural and intangible heritage, she engages with traditional artisans and local communities and studies century-old architectures to explore design innovation. In the subject of wellbeing, she employs design research approaches to explore applied design in different fields and to integrate functional, emotional and social aspects that are based on the actual needs of individual and community. Her recent research projects include “Forgotten Heritage: A Graphic Introduction of Traditional Chinese Puppet Forms in Singapore” and “Designing Cultures: Rising cultural understanding and multicultural appreciation through Singapore’s oral traditions and location mapping”.

Publications

Yeo, J.P. (2020). Beyond Stigma: how can design research call for open-mindedness in mental health? Online Proceedings of Design4Health 2020 Conference, Designing Future Health: The future is now!, Netherlands, Amsterdam.

Yeo, J.P., Koh, C., Chye, S. (2017). Conceptions of design research: discursive phenomenography in undergraduate visual communication design research. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, 5, 14-21.

Yeo, J.P. (2015). Vanishing crafts. Singapore: Basheer Graphic Books.

Yeo, J.P. (2015). Vanishing materials. Singapore: Basheer Graphic Books.

Yeo, J.P. (2015). Vanishing wisdom + memory. Singapore: Basheer Graphic Books.

Yeo, J.P. (2014). An overview of research methods in visual communication design education International Journal of Design Creativity & Innovation, 2(1), 51-62.

Yeo, J.P. (2014). Negotiating symbols across time & place. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and Social Sciences, Beijing, China, 556-569.

Yeo, J.P. (2014). Architectural decoration: negotiating symbols across time and place. Basheer Graphic Books.

Yeo, J.P. (2014). Visual/Senses. China, Beijing: Topredart.

Chang, J.M., Yeo, J.P. (2013). A study to explore the impact of graphic design on political campaigning, focusing on visual communication with the Singapore youth. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 779-788.

Yeo, J.P., Liew, K.K. (2012). Kopi Sua’ style: Colonial cosmopolitanism and the sculptures of tombs in bukit brown cemetery. The Design Society Journal, 4, 106-115.

Ng, D., Yeo, J.P. (2012). Designing for tradition: Singapore’s vanishing trades. The Design Society Journal, 4, 92-105.

Latest Projects

Forgotten Heritage: A Graphic Introduction of Traditional Chinese Puppet Forms in Singapore (2020-2022)

Designing Cultures: Rising cultural understanding and multicultural appreciation through Singapore’s oral traditions and location mapping (2017-2019)

An empirical study of existing design research methods in design education
(2016-2020)

Other affiliation(s)

Assistant Dean (Students), College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Expert Areas

Research Interests
Applied Design, cultural and intangible heritage, Design Research Methods, Design thinking

Research Category
Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Arts, Design and Media, Chinese Culture & Language (Chinese Studies), Interactive Digital Media
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES – There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
13 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020