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Jesvin Yeo

Nanyang Technological University, Associate Professor (School of Art, Design & Media)

Diploma in Graphic Design, 1995

Design & Media


“Becoming an educator was my childhood dream – I was always helping my teacher in class and I love the beautiful Chinese title for teacher – 人类工程师 – “the engineer for humankind”. When I joined NAFA, I knew that I would want to eventually become a design educator. But I was and still am convinced that in order to be a good educator I needed to gain real-life working experience, to be able to share my knowledge.”

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Jesvin Yeo is a Singapore-based multidisciplinary designer and educator. She graduated from NAFA in 1995 and built her professional career as a Creative in the advertising industry. Jesvin has worked in prestigious advertising agencies such as Ogilvy, Y&R and Publicis before furthering her studies at Curtin University of Technology and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.

She joined the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University as an assistant professor in 2008.

Jesvin’s work ranges in subject matter from history to science and pop culture, spanning many genres to include experimental, observational and traditional visual communication.


Yeo’s research works are well-established at both international and national levels. She is the author of six books, including the award-winning: Negotiating Symbols across Time and Place, Visual/Senses and Vanishing Crafts. Her research work has been presented and published in renowned international conferences and publications, including the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress, AIGA Design Educators Conference, International Journal of Design Creativity & Innovation (Taylor & Francis), Wallpaper* and Applied Typography 22.

She has exhibited internationally at venues and festivals such as the 798 Art District in Beijing, the Taiwan Design Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington D.C., Berlin Design Festival and London Design Festival.

Jesvin has also received numerous international awards including the prestigious German Design Award, Red Dot Award: (Communication Design), A’ Design Award, and iF Communication Design Award.