Dear members of our beloved profession,
As we are at the tail end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to review the calendar of activities of the year 2012.
In essence, wREGA has actively worked on ground-breaking initiatives all year round to better the graphic design industry of Malaysia.
On 14th January, wREGA summoned the very first meeting of all design-related associations with the intention to be brought together under one umbrella, Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM) for ico-D Design Week in my then capacity of Project Manager for the Design Week. All Presidents and Vice Presidents of each associations were invited. Present during this historic meeting was Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM), Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM), Perekabentuk Industri Malaysia (Pereka), Malaysia Invention & Design Society (MINDS), and Make Condition Design (thinklab). This new coalition of design associations was later officially and formally instituted by Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia on 8th March 2012. For the very first time, we witnessed the design industries combined with a single voice.
Following wREGA’s main effort in putting together a great ico-D Design Week with the support of Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia, we invited the then President of ico-D, Leimei Julia Chiu to Kuala Lumpur to ignite a G2G programme between Malaysia and Japan and to empower the development of the Design Week. With Leimei Julia Chiu’s grace and generosity, she has not only gave a talk in Sunway University on the cultures of graphic design to an audience of graphic design students from several universities, she has also made a real impact to the development of the Design Week. Her visit marks the first ever President to visit a country prior to a Design Week in ico-D’s 49 year history.
In wREGA’s continuous effort to nourish practitioners of graphic design, and based on great positive feedback from our brief survey, we launched an inspiration-based gathering called Jack in the Box, Springing Ideas in August. Held every Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur and in two hours, attendees are delighted with new and inspiring information that broadens knowledge and skill of graphic design. This free gathering is open to members and non-members to gather with like-minded individuals. After mere 5 months of consistent gathering every week in Kuala Lumpur, Jack in the Box, Springing Ideas has now spread to 3 states of Penang, Sabah and Sarawak as of December. Jack in the Box, Springing Ideas is now happening on weekly basis simultaneously in all states at once.
August marks another victorious event by wREGA in fulfilling its capacity as the authority of graphic design of Malaysia by bringing down the very unpopular and first rendition of the Independence Day logo produced by a government ministry. For the first time, the members of the public and the profession both felt the crucial and important role of good graphic design for the country. Further investigation was made and wREGA has made face to face contact with the Secretary General of the government ministry involved with the intention to collaborate and empower the ministry to assist in producing world class designs from within the government sector.
Given the advent of technology and the power of Internet, the graphic design industry is experiencing a deteriorating effect on the quality of graphic design output and professional recognition. In September, wREGA has made contact with David Berman (R.G.D., CGD, FGDC) to co-create Malaysia’s first Code of Professional Conduct for graphic designers due to be launched in 2013 in our pursuit to safeguard and nurture the profession and the industry.
After an amazing and tireless 2-year effort of the entire executive committee, committee members and members of the profession involved, Malaysia became the host of the prestigious ico-D Design Week dubbed ‘Rediscovery 2012′ in Kuching, Sarawak from 15th to 21st October 2012. The theme ‘Rediscovery,’ powered by the Indigenous Design Network (Indigo), sister organization to ico-D, revolves around rediscovering our roots and heritage by asking ourselves, who were we in the past, who are we now in the present, and who do we ought to become in the future as members of the graphic design profession. The Design Week was a smashing success earning rave reviews from ico-D board members, speakers and attendees alike. During the course of the Design Week, wREGA had a Roundtable Discussion with ico-D board members and Indigo ambassadors discussing on the state of design of Malaysia which is to be compiled into a dossier that will be presented to the Prime Minister on the imperative role of design for the country.
In December, wREGA was selected among four other representatives from the coalition of the design associations to speak on behalf of the graphic industry to Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, organized by Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM) in a ’60 Minute Discussion on Design for Malaysia.’ The united voice from the coalition of the design associations was heard loud and clear and we will witness a brand new beginning to the design industries of Malaysia.
Throughout the year, we have accomplished the seemingly impossible, and have made several historic events come true. No great effort was ever done individually. We want to express our utmost gratitude to our ardent supporters and partners, Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM), ico-D, members of the design coalition, wREGA’s Past Presidents for their wisdom and guidance, our members for their trust, love and faith in the industry, individual champions of the industry and last but not least, the very special Team of executive committee, committee members and volunteers of wREGA who has an infinite dedication for the betterment of the graphic design industry of Malaysia.
As President, I hereby invite you to march with us to marshal in a new era of graphic design to instill a high level of integrity for our profession, in the name of our professional practice, our industry, and our country. The first and basic step is by becoming a full fledge member of wREGA, either as Professional, Associate, Industry or Student Member. Email us at email@example.com for details and our Honorary Secretary will be happy to provide you with full details and guidelines of becoming a Member. I am convinced with your presence, voluntarily contribution and participation, we will grow into a force to be reckoned with and make a lifelong impact to the profession in generations to come.
Here’s to a better 2013.