Read this article by YOG’s in-house writer, Chee Sing Liow:
Back in secondary school, Jack Png was what people might call a ‘trouble student’. He was more interested in scoring goals in football than the fascinating world of physics. But at 47-years-old, Jack is now an accomplished graphic designer and a merit award recipient of the Logo Design Competition organised by the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) back in July.
He attributes his success to his teacher in his secondary school days who always knew he had a creative streak in him. After her enlightenment, he applied into arts school and has been designing since. This has carried on for 25 years and his work has recently clinched a spot in the top ten designs in the Logo Design Competition.
Despite high hopes of seeing his logo become the official logo for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, Jack feels that his work has been given due recognition. “My effort has been worthwhile and the award has reassured me that my work is still relevant. I am still able to keep up with the times alongside the inspiring work from the youths.”
He was not the only one who thought the youths posed a threat. Berwin See, 47, a creative director, also felt that having to compete against the youths was a challenging task.
Iffah Dahiyah is a 20-year-old student from NTU, School of Art, Design and Media. After her school ran a compulsory programme for the students to participate in the Logo Design Competition, her “Olympic Torch” logo was outstanding enough to clinch a merit award. Her win came as a surprise; she was unaware of her logo being entered officially into the competition.
Even though Jack was faced with this stiff competition (from the youths), he went on anyway because he felt that he could combine both his enthusiasm for sports and talent for design. “Because this subject – sports – was close to my heart, I had the inspiration right away.”
Jack’s design is a colourful representation of the future “stars” of the nation. “They will shine here in this great sporting arena and will continue to strive for distinction on a bigger stage.”
Certainly, we hope the youths from all over the world will aim for excellence, as well as embrace the other Olympic values of respect and friendship.