Lecturer, Communication Design
School of Design Communication
LASALLE College of the Arts
Yasser Suratman studied graphic design at Temasek Polytechnic. In 2007, he was awarded The Creative Industries Scholarship by DesignSingapore to read MFA at Yale University School of Art, US. He joined The Bureau for the Advancement for Lifestyle and Longevity & Success (B.A.L.L.S) as a partner in 2009, and has worked for Ogilvy&Mather, MTV Asia, Discovery Channel, and BBH. He has worked in video, print, sculpture, and product development.
Among his awards have been Promax/BDA Asia, Nike, and Sony product design contests, Type Directors Club, and Creative Circle. His project has been mentioned on Design Observer by Jessica Helfand in 2008. With his design incubator startup, he has worked on the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum. He is a lecturer and coordinator for the BA(Hons) Level 3 at LASALLE School of The Arts where his current research interest centers on role of the city as a collaborator. In 2014, he co-led "Cities and Their Thesis" an exhibition that showcased critical interpretation of modern urbanism by various artists, designers and makers, an extension of the ongoing inter-institutional initiative "Linking Cities”.
Suratman's design practice is derived from the reverberations of his personal life. It stems from his multi-role as a father, husband, son, and designer. His interests address issues of visual interruption, chance, science, play, and the idealistic quest for personal heroism. He pursues projects that explore the use of organised systems and improbabilities to produce new and unexpected forms of creation. He recently contributed an academic writing titled “Design in Absence of Specificity” for the “The Theory and Reality of Convergence in Arts: Korea-Singapore Joint International Conference on Arts and Design Interdisciplinary Studies”. In the paper, he provided a new critical context for chance procedures in design and examined the gap between intention and outcome. He argued that graphic design can sometimes be a place to encounter the fantastical and the uncanny and how opposite forces can be brought together, either formally or conceptually.