Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Nanci Takeyama

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Phone: +65 65138246
Office: ART 02 05
Asst Prof Nanci Takeyama

Dr. Nanci Takeyama has received her Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Sao Paulo University, Master of Design from Kyushu University and Ph.D. in Design Research from the Kobe Design University.

In her commercial career she has worked at very prestigious design offices such as: DPZ-Sao Paulo (supervised by Alexandre Wollner, former student of Max Bill and Otl Aicher), Nippon Design Center- Tokyo (with Uehara Masashi, designer of the Toyota corporate identity), and Swiss typographer Helmut Schmid ( former student of Emil Ruder). She also owned her own design office in Sao Paulo, with major corporate clients such as Sadia Foods, Votorantin, Camil fodds among others. Nanci's design works have been featured in several international design magazines and book such as, Design Discovery, Kyoto journal, Japan Typography Association Magazine, Graphics Saijiki and Japan Typography Association Annual.

Dr. Takeyama's research field link design and anthropology, philosophy, mythology, psychology, cosmology, to mention a few. Her first book, "Mountain floats to connect this world and the other", co-authored with Professor Sugiura Kohei and other acclaimed researchers on Asian design, was published in December 2012.

Nanci is the founding director of 'design for', a group engaged in utilising scholarly research, to advocate cultural understanding and preservation by using design as a dialogue. Through this dialogue, 'design for' aims to translate, reinterpret, adapt, and try out new ideas and forms in traditional crafts for contemporary living. By sharing cultural information 'design for' aims to promote ethical consumerism and sustainable living with the communities it partners in Asia, for more In 2013 this project won an Hounorable Commendation for Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2013 - Educational Innovation for Cultural Expression, by Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO
Research Interests
Three main research interests:
-Symbolic meaning of traditional forms in Asia
-Preservation of Asian traditional arts and crafts, heritage management
-Design for social innovation, design thinking, participatory design

Areas of professional expertise:
-Corporate Identity
-Package Design
-Typography, applied typography
-Editorial Design
-Information architecture
-Environmental Design

Important research key words:
-Meaning of symbols in Asian traditions (crafts, rituals, myths)
Current Projects
  • Design for and with communities: a trans-disciplinary project for social innovation
  • From Anthropology to Design: A Heritage Management Project in the New Silk Road
  • In search for a methodology, on the study of Semantics of traditional forms in Asia
  • The Meaning Of Traditional Forms/Symbols In Palanquins In Bali
  • Visual culture identity in Singapore;a design exploration, exchange and dialogue withSoutheast Asian cultural heritage
Selected Publications
  • Takeyama Nanci. (2014). 13th Participatory Design Conference, volume 2: Co-designing with weaving communities in Laos. 13th Participatory Design Conference (pp. 141-144).
  • Takeyama Nanci. (2014, June). The interdisciplinarity of design in Asia. Paper presented at Interdisciplinarity Design Symposium, Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha.
  • Takeyama Nanci. (2014, April). Fertility, duality and transcendence. Cross-culture explorations on the meaning of the Cosmic Serpent. Paper presented at The Cosmic Serpent in Asia, A Symposium on the Meaning of Symbols as Visual Language, Asian Civilizations Museum.
  • Nanci Takeyama. (2014). Designing for and with Communities, an exploration on the meaning of Asian forms. Making Futures, 3.
  • Nanci Takeyama. (2013, July). The Cosmic Serpent in Laotian Textiles. Paper presented at 5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia, University of Santo Tomas.

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