Foreign Policy Design Group


Foreign Policy Design: Memo #1


This Halloween: a sneak peek of our new studio, plus news from the front line of design 🎃

Hi there! You’re receiving this email because we’ve crossed paths in the past – maybe you joined our mailing list just this week, or maybe we met many moons ago. Whatever it is, a big hello!

With only two months before the festivities begin, we thought we’d make the most of the year by launching our very first memo: a round-up of interesting design news from near and far, with some major studio updates while we’re at it.

We hope you enjoy these reads, and we’d love for you to not be a stranger – tell us what you’d like to hear about, or simply follow us on Instagram for more byte-sized updates. Happy October, and happy reading! 

Created by Google and American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Design Census tracks the invisible social and economic forces shaping today’s design practice.

Though data's drawn only from the United States, it’s a fascinating read for anyone who wants to understand the state of design – or quote nifty facts like “illustrators are the most underpaid but happiest creatives”.


A sign of our times, Greta Grotesk is a free font based on the teenage activist’s handwriting. The typeface is “perfect if you want to make your message loud and clear in a poster,” says its creator.


In one of our favourite reads this month, the New York Times goes behind the scenes for a first look at the newly expanded MoMA, which places Picasso and Monet next to more recent, diverse artists. Will audiences embrace its new vision?

We moved to our new address in Jalan Besar at the start of the year, so it’s high time to show you the nooks and crannies of our brand new studio, designed in-house with lots of love. Spot the blue hues, floor-to-ceiling windows and some of us hard at work – come say hi, if you’d like, at 115 King George’s Avenue #03-01, Singapore 208561.

It’s official: our founding creative director Yah-Leng has become the second person and first female designer from Singapore to be inducted into Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Formally introduced in Rotterdam last month, her membership is a huge milestone for
Yah-Leng and Foreign Policy to remain at the forefront of graphic design.

And what exactly is AGI? A gathering of the world’s leading graphic artists and designers, with 527 members from 43 countries and counting. Its members are collectively behind the brand identities of the world’s biggest corporations and institutions, from packaging and publications to illustrations and posters.

It all started in 1951, when two Swiss and three French graphic artists decided to formalise their relationship into an association. The most important AGI events are the annual AGI Congress and AGI Open, held in a different country each year – we can’t wait for Singapore’s turn.