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Malaysia Design Archive presents “As We See It: History through Visual Design”

From everyday objects to propaganda posters, find Malaysia’s history in it.

BY editors | May 18, 2017 | Arts

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The team at Malaysia Design Archive strikes again with another excellent exhibition entitled, “As We See It: History through Visual Design.” This exhibition gives its best shot to bring you a timeline of Malaysia’s history through the lens of graphic design, asking the questions of the influences of our emerging country. Are these designs deceitful, manipulative, persuasive or informative? Everyday objects such as stamps and magazine covers shows ideas during a certain period of time and how these images can move and bring forth new ideas. One not to be missed!

Bulan Melayu, Magazine Cove​​r, 1931

A Tamil Beauty, Penang, Postcard, 1910


8 sen stamp, Stamp, 1943

As We See It: History through Visual Design is open now until 30 June 2017 at Balai Seni Visual Negara (National Art Gallery Malaysia), 10am to 6pm daily.

This exhibition is a part of ‘Reka Negaraku’, a series of design related events happening in May - June 2017 in hopes of co-creating the future of design in Malaysia.