Featured Awards Winner

Jing Ong

April 2018

A big congrats to Jing Ong, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Shillingtongraduate from Brisbane, her work was chosen by Johan from Brand Brothers: “Lightweight, refreshing and poetic work, combined with impressive illustration work and a beautiful mastery of space. Jing particularly seduced me with her Joy Luck Club lettering, which is a real risk-taker and avoids the current fashion effects”. We asked Jing to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.

What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design?

I recall childhood memories of afternoons spent with grandpa at the dining table, sipping on milo and drawing on notepads with a ballpoint pen. He loved to draw (mostly trees) and I was intrigued – I think my love for drawing grew from there!

I actually took the long way round to get into design. After graduating from business school and working in non-creative fields for a period of time, I couldn’t deny the fact that I wasn’t completely satisfied. I was doing a bit of illustration on the side and dreamt of making creative work my full-time hustle. Finally, I discovered Shillington and made my jump into the world of design.

Who are your top five design crushes right now globally?

These are my top fives <3. They are all legends producing awe-inspiring work:The Colour Club

Underline Studio

Heydays

Lauren Hom

Studio Feixen

Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

I recently started a new Instagram account called @visualnoms, where I post illustrated recipes and food-inspired content. This is a personal project that combines my love for drawing and food!

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I actually took the long way round to get into design. After graduating from business school and working in non-creative fields for a period of time, I couldn’t deny the fact that I wasn’t completely satisfied.

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What advice would you give students starting out?

There will be hurdles of every sort but always look on the bright side – to be challenged is a good thing. And don’t be afraid to put yourself and your work out there.

Instagram: @jingw_ong

Website: jing-ong.com

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