A true mark of our dedication for results and excellence.


A true mark of our dedication for results and excellence.

‘The State of Design in Malaysia’ Dossier, Graphic Design Association of Malaysia (wREGA)

The by-invitation roundtable discussion was chaired by Prof. Helmut Lueckenhausen and attended by board members of the International Council of Design (ico-D), Indigo Ambassadors, business and design educators, design associations and the executive committee members of wREGA. It is a discourse on issues preventing Design from being a key contributor to a nation’s overall growth, and what could be the solutions to these problems – skewed towards the context of the Malaysian landscape. The intention of this discourse is to gain insight from ico-D in empowering the Malaysian design industry with the professional teamwork from wREGA to create a dossier to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on the importance of Design for the country.

Photographed by:
Zarul Nazli Zulkhurnain, Harith Riza Rasid

Designed by:
Zarul Nazli Zulkhurnain

Zachary Haris Ong (M.wREGA), Ng Foong Wai (A.wREGA)

Dr. Debbie Gan (M.wREGA), Irina Muis (M.wREGA)

Download the document here.

October 17th, 2012|

Leading Icograda Design Week 2012 Sarawak

( Photo: wREGA President Zachary Haris Ong, ICOGRADA Former President Russell Kennedy and honorable keynote presenters and speakers of the Design Week. Photo by Zarul Nazli Zulkhurnain )

From 15-21 October 2012, ICOGRADA and the Graphic Design Association of Malaysia (wREGA), hosted Rediscovery 2012.

Icograda Design Week in Sarawak 2012 provided a platform to share, collaborate and be inspired among local and international designers in an atmosphere steeped in Sarawak’s indigenous cultures and traditions. The venue, the Kuching Old Courthouse, a 165 year-old heritage building, is located in the city of Kuching, Sarawak. As the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak holds a rich history and sees significant cultural convergence. For all that is modern, technologically advanced and as developed as any regular metropolis, Kuching – the capital city of Sarawak – is equally rich in the arts and boasts artists of international caliber.


The theme for the 2012 ICOGRADA Design Week in Sarawak is ‘Rediscovery’. Rediscovery is a celebration of indigenous design and will highlight the relevance of local culture in a globalised world. It invited participants to survey creative practices of local indigenous people and provide a context to re-think the future of design in relationship to cultural assets. It will also aim to demystify the magic of Borneo for local and international designers.


Through Rediscovery’s diverse programming, we shared case studies that reflect the integration of design strategies into the development of sustainable practices and social innovation in the craft industries. We showcased the many ways in which design and visual communication can help the growth of creative and sustainable tourism, and also explore the notion of cultural diversity within indigenous design.

ABOUT ICO-D (formerly known as ICOGRADA)

Leading Creatively

ico-D is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network that leads creatively by facilitating dialogue between design platforms including professional, educational and promotional categories.

Our vision, mission and core values are manifested through ico-D initiatives carried out in collaboration with our Members, who makeup an expert, multidisciplinary network of organizations, designers and stakeholders.

Members of ico-D have current perspective on contemporary contexts, and an eye for collaboration across disciplines and with diverse global and local communities. As an interface between the community of professional designers and the wider public, ico-D promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for social change.

October 15th, 2012|

Restoring Malaysia’s Independence Day Anniversary Celebration Logo 2012/2013

In his capacity as President of the Graphic Design Association of Malaysia, wREGA, Zachary Haris Ong demanded the government to withdraw the very unpopular independence day logo released for the year 2012. Upon meeting with the relevant ministry, the government was made aware the power and gravity of communication design for the country and agreed to withdraw the logo. Subsequently, he assisted the government to ensure that the process abides by local and international codes for design competitions. With the assistance from wREGA Past President William Harald-Wong, the final winning entry was chosen through a comprehensive logo competition in 2013 that adhered all codes and proper practices.

August 31st, 2012|

NOMINEE – 7 Bintang Lifetime Achievement Award

Seven Bintang Awards is Malaysia’s Independent Creative Excellence Awards initiated to recognize, reward and acknowledge young Malaysian Creative Individuals. It is the first ever award that was designed to be independent, at liberty to be adopted by associations, companies or organizations with the objective of providing recognition towards deserving creative works and ideas.

Seven Bintang Awards is a unique independent creative award, with the long-term objective to categorize and document today’s achievements for future generations for referral of who’s who in the Malaysian creative industry and are selected based on a stringent process of evaluation by a panel of distinguished jurors.

In addition, it is a platform to offer appreciation to talented creative individuals and collectives in pursuing their dream of putting Malaysia on the world’s creative map.

September 25th, 2011|