Rebecca Chew is a graphic designer, illustrator and art director. She is currently the art director of Esquire (Malaysia) and Esquire (Singapore).
I really love the execution of her ideas + the integration of political themes in her work. Each piece she’s designed and/or directed pops out at you, and further justifies a designer’s ability to being about visceral impact; boundless cause and effect, yet clear and simple.
A killed illustration for an article about Twitter’s intention to censor tweets that breach the law in certain countries. The article also examines how Twitter accounts are flagged because of DMCA violations. The illustration features the classic Nintendo game, Duck Hunt.
Art direction for a photo-illustration to accompany a review of Just Kids, a memoir by Patti Smith on her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Review by Umapagan Ampikaipakan.
Paper stabbing with pencil for a piece about the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The slow, repetitive work of bruising paper attempts to represent the physical and psychological torture endured by the inmates.
Custom drop caps for a feature story on the war in Libya, featuring colors of the Libyan flag.
Décollage for the state of the vision issue, an issue that attempts to explore the shape of politics in the country and what this means for its citizens. Parts of faces are joined to create new faces, with calls to vote sandwiched in between. The torn posters are inspired by how posters of political candidates are pasted over one another nearing election, each cannibalizing the next for wall space and attention. The décollages are also obviously inspired by Jacques Villeglé and Mimmo Rotella. Featured faces include Robert Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad and The Terminator.
Photographs by Azrul Abdullah