Putting heart into youth fest logo

Fildzah Hanani Abdul Malik
Fildzah Hanani Abdul MalikPHOTO: COURTESY OF CHAN SOK HIANG

From a total of 483 entries, one of a heart with an embedded QR code won this year's Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Theme Motif Design Contest.

Fildzah Hanani Abdul Malik, who has Down syndrome, is the 17-year-old artist behind this design - the logo for this year's festival.

Inspired by the festival's theme, Youth HeARTS, Fildzah worked on the design with the help of her art teacher, Ms Chan Sok Hiang.

She also liked the QR codes she saw during her journeys on buses and trains, which she captured on her phone, and incorporated one into her work.

"I took three sessions to work on this design with my art teacher, using the app Sketchbook on the iPad," said Fildzah. "It is less messy than doing acrylic painting."

The contest, in its second year, was extended to students from special education schools and drew three entries from Towner Gardens School.

"I hope that the public, especially the younger generation, can see the potential of these special needs students and give them a chance to show their worth in society," said Ms Chan.

DIGITAL BY DESIGN

I took three sessions to work on the design with my art teacher, using the Sketchbook app on the iPad. It's less messy than acrylic painting.

FILDZAH HANANI ABDUL MALIK, 17, who has Down syndrome, on her winning entry for the Singapore Youth Festival Theme Motif Design Contest.

Aaron Chan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2017, with the headline 'Putting heart into youth fest logo'. Print Edition | Subscribe