COFFEE TABLE BOOKS
HOPE, UNITY AND EMPOWERMENT: SABAH SHAPES IT'S OWN DESTINY
Can 10 rubber seedlings transform the lives of 800,000 people? Initiated by CENSE in 2012, Operasi Tataba aims to help the Kadazandusun Murut of Sabah gain access to the 21st century without losing their heritage and sense of self. The initiative encompasses economic, social and educational aspects.
Our editorial team journeyed to the interiors of Sabah to chronicle the experiences of project implementors and record testimonies of beneficiaries— providing readers with a behind-the-scenes look at a success story in self-empowerment. We also worked with partners to produce a supporting short video documentary on Operasi Tataba.
In detailing the background and milestones of this unique initiative, the book and documentary aimed to be both instructive and inspirational.
The Centre for Strategic Engagement, 2015
ON THE MOVE: THE STORY OF ERL
Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd, 2012
In 2012, having ferried millions of passengers between the city and the airport, ERL Sdn Bhd wanted to document their history in a publication that they could be proud of.
Using a mix of photos and illustrations, the book marked the company’s 10 years of operations and included a children's activity booklet. Research for the book brought the team through fascinating tours behind the scenes at ERL’s operations centres. The publication was launched by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
SHE: A TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN OF MALAYSIA
Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, 2012
This is the second edition of our very first book, commissioned by the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development.
The book’s objective was to celebrate the achievements of Malaysian women in every field of endeavour: politics, film, literature, heritage, finance, sports, science, music, law and much more. One of our hardest tasks was deciding on the parameters of the lists of women to include, for while we accepted that it was nearly impossible to make the lists definitive, they nevertheless had to be representative.
The first edition of SHE: A Tribute to the Women of Malaysia was made available in bookstores in 2006 and sold out not long after. The second edition, with revised and updated information, is also available in Bahasa Malaysia.
UDA AT 40: A STORY OF URBAN REBIRTH
UDA at 40: A Story of Urban Rebirth details the events and challenges involved in establishing the Urban Development Authority, first as a public department and finally as a corporate entity.
Our client’s instruction to execute the book in both English and Bahasa Malaysia posed a design challenge as both languages needed to be presented side-by-side in an accessible manner. We also had to capture, in both words and pictures, the architectural breadth and historical scope of UDA’s activities in the last four decades.
If there was one central theme that ran through the UDA story, it was that cities are not just about buildings; cities are about people.
MAJESTIC STRIPES: THE MALAYAN TIGER
Malayan Banking Berhad, 2010
As part of their support for the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers, Maybank approached us to produce a book to celebrate the Malayan Tiger. Majestic Stripes examines ongoing conservation efforts as well as the tiger’s iconic role in the country’s consciousness.
We included specially-commissioned illustrations in watercolour, pencil and ink as an important visual element of the book.
The book also commemorated the launch of the Maybank Foundation and was part of the bank’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
FOREVER GREEN: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH DERAMAKOT
Sabah Forestry Department, 2010
Forever Green: A Sustainable Future with Deramakot won the Best Luxury Book Award in the Nature Heritage Category at the National Book Awards 2012. This book gave us the opportunity to chronicle Malaysia’s role in establishing one of the oldest and most successful models of sustainable forestry management in the world.
To document work on the ground through interviews and photography, we sent a team to Sabah, where they spent days in the tropical rainforest and faced unexpected challenges such as attacks from wild bees.
Once Forever Green was completed, the Sabah Forestry department rapidly ran out of copies and has since gone on to reprint the book.
A YEAR IN PICTURES 2007/2008
Khazanah Nasional Berhad, 2008
As the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia, Khazanah Nasional Berhad has been actively involved in the cultural and intellectual development of the nation. Their annual lecture series and conferences have always been a big part of this objective. In 2007/2008, Khazanah turned it up a notch to celebrate 50 years of Merdeka and invited speakers such as Carlos Ghosn, Dr Mohammad Yunus and Kofi Annan to these events.
A Year in Pictures brought together transcripts of the talks, speeches and selected Q & A sessions, and essentially documented the Khazanah Global Lectures, the Khazanah National Development Seminar, and the Khazanah Megatrends Forum.
The book was designed to play largely on black, white and grey to ensure a sophisticated feel, using typography as a main design element. Special finishings included special paper as chapter breaks, silver stamping and a gatefold. It was printed in three versions: soft cover, hardcover, and hardcover with a box jacket.