Mark De Winne

Type Designer & Creative Director

Singapore, Singapore
I am one of nineteen recipients of 2018 Ascenders Awards from the Type Directors Club recognising “remarkable achievement in typography, type, design, and lettering” amongst 230 international entries for designers under the age of 35.

Bringing more than 11 years of experience with a specialty in type design., I oversee branding and communications output of Relay Room's diverse range of commercial clients. As previous Founding Partner of Parable Studio, I've designed the identity for JJ Lin’s coffee kiosk, Miracle Coffee, and helped Southeast Asia’s largest fragrance and beauty distributor, Luxasia, design a new retail brand concept.

Before Parable, I was a Branding Lead at ONG&ONG’s Experience Design Studio, where I worked on the redesign of SaladStop’s logo leading to their eventual global expansion, and graphic embodiment of the Singapore Girl into Singapore Airline’s first and business class lounges. Prior to this, I was designing brands for various ventures that have since received commercial acclaim. These include e-commerce retailer Luxola.com — which was eventually bought by Sephora (LVMH), Singapore’s KISS92FM and dessert queen Janice Wong’s eponymous retail brand.

I believe typography and type design are key to enhancing a brand’s message, creating the fine balance between aesthetic appeal, formality, and legibility. My work on the branding and custom typeface design for F&B client Plentyfull was awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2017 by Type Directors’ Club, New York.

Work Experience

Landmark Books Pte Ltd

Designer & Assistant Editor

Art directed, designed covers & layout, edited photographs & assisted with copy editing for a wide variety of books ranging from corporate commemoratives to cookbooks and novels.
July 2008 - June 2010 Singapore

Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Design Manager (Branding)

I lead and managed a team of graphic designers supporting the work of the Experience Design Studio through graphic interventions in a physical space with branding, wayfinding and research.
January 2015 - March 2016 Singapore, Singapore

Parable Studio Pte Ltd

Founder

I oversaw the branding and graphic design output of the studio’s diverse range of commercial clients, ranging from hospitality, media, healthcare and F&B.
April 2016 - March 2019 Singapore, Singapore

Relay Room Pte Ltd

Creative Director

August 2010 - Present Singapore, Singapore

Education

Temasek Polytechnic

Diploma in Visual Communication

2001 - 2005 Singapore, Singapore

LASALLE College Of The Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Design

September 2007 - June 2008 Singapore, Singapore

Cooper Union

Type @ Cooper Condensed Programme

June 2012 - July 2012 New York, New York, United States

Koninklijke Academie Van Beeldende Kunsten, KABK

Masters in Type and Media

September 2013 - June 2014 The Hague, Netherlands

Languages

English (Native),
Mandarin (Beginner),
French (Conversational),

Awards

Crowbar

Bronze (Typography)

2005

President's Design Award

Design of The Year (Product Design)

2013

Type Director's Club

Certificate of Excellence (Plentyfull)

2016

Type Director's Club

Ascenders

2018

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop, Glyphs, Microsoft Powerpoint, Robofont,