We develop creative cultures for cities, companies and communities in Asia and beyond.

"...possibly Singapore's most accomplished creative agency."

Design writer Nolan Giles. "Heart and home."
The Globalist, 18 May 2015, Monocle

BLACK is a creative agency from Singapore.

We are founded with the belief that creativity and culture can make a difference, and regard them as the foundation for our processes and work. Our purpose is to create designs that generate social, cultural, commercial, artistic, intellectual and emotional value.

Our expertise is in Branding, Design and Curation. Our collaborative process with clients, global leaders, creatives and institutions allow us to develop diverse, innovative and experiential ideas that engage and communicate with international audiences.

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The Team

Jackson Tan is a Singaporean Artist, Designer, Curator and Creative Director. (Born in 1974)

Co-founder of BLACK, he is in-charge of the creative direction, design, content, curatorial and concept development of BLACK’s projects.

He has worked with international brands such as Nike, Nokia, MTV, Daimler Chrysler, Levis, Herman Miller and Diesel to create an expansive multi-disciplinary portfolio of creative projects that spans across Art, Design, Curation, Publishing, Style, Music, Film and Interactive Media. Notable projects include the brand concept and identity of SG50, to celebrate Singapore golden jubilee and the curatorial and creative direction of CREATIVE©ITIES, an exhibition that ‘maps creativity in Asia-Pacific cities today’.

He has been invited to speak, exhibit, participate, mentor and judge in various International design conferences, competitions, seminars, and workshops with organisations such as The Art Directors Club, D&AD and the National Arts Council. He was invited as a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. He was chairman of the design jury for the Creative Circle Awards 2006 and the founding exco member of The Design Society.

His design works has been featured in numerous design, style and art publications and won numerous international awards including the inaugural “Best Of Show for Design” at the Creative Circle Awards 2006, D&AD, 100 Show, One Show, Promax Asia and Singapore Design Awards.

As an artist, his artworks are based around his personal fascination with “finding meaning” through signs and symbols. Artworks from his solo and collective artistic endeavors are featured in numerous collections and exhibitions, including Singapore Art Museum, MOCA Taipei, Venice Biennale and Yokohama Art Museum.

He is also a founding partner and partner to various organisations in the Creative Industry:

PHUNK, one of Asia’s most exciting Art & Design collective. In 2007, they were awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ at the President’s Design Award, Singapore’s highest accolade for the industry in Singapore.

Methodology, a studio which collaborates with global leaders at the forefront of design, craft and innovation to develop education programmes and workshops, conferences and media.

In the last two decades, Patrick has steered various award-winning media, advertising, creative and tech companies to the top of their game. He is especially passionate about branding and how it can shape businesses.

Patrick is also a firm believer in developing human talent and loves sharing his experiences and knowledge with people. He has been invited to speak and judge at multiple forums and competitions around the world.

To this day, Patrick continues to advocate the importance of inspiring people to be the best they can be. He does not believe that there is a monopoly on good ideas and this is best exemplified by the open and inclusive culture in BLACK.

With the team at BLACK, Charice’s fascination with creative processes developed into a commitment to producing quality visual projects. As Producer at BLACK, she has managed and lead multi-disciplinary projects ranging from Branding, Print, and Curation to nation-wide campaigns and regional collaborations across most industries. She facilitates the day-to-day exchange between the studio’s clients, the team and their partners. Charice’s motivations lie in the learning and sharing of creative knowledge and ideas of all kinds and sizes, and engaging in the gentle forces of co-creation. She previously interned at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), experiencing fine art fabrication and artistic experimentation in print and paper.

Bernando was born in Indonesia, and studied at Loughborough University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 2013. His work spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and space design to illustration. He believes that design should be inclusive, and be able to bring meaning to the community.

He has been part of numerous projects involving brand identities, nation-wide campaigns, environmental graphics, and exhibition designs for both the private and public sectors. As part of the design team at BLACK, he was named Young Designer of The Year at the Creative Circle Award (CCA) in 2014, and has received accolades from CCA, Design For Asia (DFA), the Golden Pin Awards, and the Art Directors Club (ADC).

Xinying has a driving passion to create, evolve, and shape brands that last. With the belief that good design has the power to bring value and meaning to our lives, she pushes her boundaries to reach new heights in every project she undertakes. As Senior Designer at BLACK, she has worked on both local and regional projects for established brands across the lifestyle, F&B, and government sectors.

In 2017 and 2019, she was invited to the Tokyo Seeds Project, a residency programme that sees designers from around the world collaborate with Japan’s JR Yamanote Line to develop brand strategy and values for the railway company. Over the years, she has received accolades from CCA and has had her work featured by Asia-Pacific Design.

Our Clients

Arts

  • Asian Civilisations Museum

  • Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan

  • CCC Center for Creative Communications, Shizuoka, Japan

  • Goodman Arts Centre

  • National Museum of Singapore

Education

  • Helsinki School of Economics

  • LASALLE College of the Arts

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Pathlight School

F&B

  • A Thousand Tales

  • Bengawan Solo

  • Group MMM

  • JR Group

  • NTUC Foodfare

  • Pulau Bakers

  • Shermay's Singapore Fine Foods

  • SunnyHills

  • Tung Lok Group

  • Violet Oon Singapore

Finance

  • OCBC Bank

  • Rabo Bank

  • Refco Private Banking

  • Temasek Holdings

Media

  • Discovery Channel

  • GOOGLE

  • MTV Asia

Property

  • Formwerkz

  • Lend Lease Group

  • SC Global

  • Ong & Ong

  • Wheelock Properties

  • WOHA

Lifestyle

  • Apple

  • Fidgets

  • Herman Miller

  • LeSportsac

  • ModLiving

  • MUJI

  • Resorts World Sentosa

  • Sony Ericsson

  • Swee Lee

  • UBM

Industries

  • Autism Resource Centre

  • Centre for Liveable Cities

  • Changi Airport Group

  • JTC Corporation

  • Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

  • Nara Prefectural Government, Migration and Exchange Office, Japan

  • Singapore Furniture Industries Council

  • Singapore Institute of Architects

  • Singapore Water Association

  • Workforce Development Agency

  • Youth Olympic Games Singapore

Public Service

  • Central Provident Fund

  • Central Singapore CDC

  • DesignSingapore Council

  • Gardens by the Bay

  • Housing and Development Board

  • Land Transport Authority

  • Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore

  • Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

  • Ministry of Home Affairs

  • Ministry of Trade and Industry

  • National Arts Council

  • National Heritage Board

  • National Parks Board (NParks)

  • Singapore Tourism Board

  • Supreme Court of Singapore

  • Urban Redevelopment Agency

Awards

2019

  • Merit, ADC (98th) Annual Awards

2018

  • Winner, Golden Pin Design Award

  • Silver, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2017

  • Independent Agency of the Year, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Design Agency of The Year, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Best of Show, 1 Gold, 1 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Design Mark, Golden Pin Design Award

  • Best Event, Marketing Events Awards

2016

  • Gold, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Silver, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2015

  • 2 Gold, Marketing Events Awards

  • Silver, Design for Asia DFA Awards

  • 3 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Bronze, Marketing Events Awards

2014

  • Independent Agency of The Year, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Design Agency of The Year, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Best of Show, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • 1 Gold, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • 2 Silver, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • 2 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2013

  • 1 Silver, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • 1 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2007

  • Designer of The Year, President’s Design Award

  • 1 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2006

  • Best of Show, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Gold, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

2005

  • Winner (Visual Arts Category) & Overall Grand Award Winner, Singapore Street Style Awards

2004

  • 1 Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • 1 Gold, Singapore Design Awards

  • 5 Finalists, Singapore Design Awards

2003

  • Silver, PROMAX ASIA BDA

2002

  • Silver, Singapore Design Awards

  • Bronze, Singapore Design Awards

  • Silver, Media Asia Design Awards

  • Finalist, Singapore DCreative Circle Awards

2001

  • Gold, PROMAX ASIA BDA

  • One Show International Advertising Awards

  • Finalist, British Design & Art Direction

2000

  • American Center of Design - The 100 Show

  • Silver, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

  • Bronze, Singapore Creative Circle Awards

1998

  • Finalist, Apple Design Competition

  • Macromedia International Type Design