A lion’s head design takes center stage in this year’s National Day Parade (NPD) logo, designed by Nanyang Polytechnic student Tan Yun Xin.
“I was inspired by the way Singapore came together during the pandemic – from our frontline workers doing their best to tackle the pandemic to the individual Singaporeans staying at home to contain the spread,” Ms. Tan, 19, who chose the lion’s head to be part of the logo because it symbolizes three national values: courage, excellence and strength.
It also represents the strength of will and unity of the nation. These are traits she considers essential to adapt to today’s unprecedented times.
Its design was chosen by the NPD committee and the NPD creative team from 45 nominations.
The third-year visual communications student spent just over three months designing the logo, while juggling her other academic commitments.
Ms. Tan’s speakers guided her through the design process, which began with over 20 hand-drawn sketches.
They suggested ways to adjust the logo to be more proportionate and helped guide her through polishing the logo.
For Ms Tan, weaving the number 56 into the logo – to mark Singapore’s 56th independence anniversary – was the most difficult part of the process.
“There were times when the number didn’t seem obvious in the design and the logo didn’t look like a lion. Getting the right dimensions was a challenge,” she said.
Mr. Shawn Yeo, Ms. Tan’s Polytechnic Lecturer who oversaw her project, advised her to make her logo scalable and adaptable while retaining its key elements. “Yun Xin really wanted to encourage Singaporeans who are affected but remain strong during this pandemic. I am proud of his end result,” he said.
Seeing her logo used for the NDP filled Ms. Tan with immense pride and further boosted her confidence as a budding graphic designer.
“I feel truly honored and proud to be able to make such a contribution to Singapore’s National Day celebrations – this experience has given me a strong sense of pride and belonging,” she said.
Ms. Tan hopes to pursue a career in the design industry and improve lives through her designs.
“I plan to pursue graphic design in the future, but anything is possible at this point,” she added.