We are two journalism-trained partners who have been researching and producing content about Singapore’s heritage, culture, design and food since 2009.

Based on the needs of each project, we also team up with independent editors, writers, designers and photographers.

Please get in touch at info@inplainwords.sg.
We are also on Instagram and Facebook.

Justin Zhuang has an interest in design, cities, culture, history and media. The top graduate from the School of Visual Arts’ MFA in Design Criticism program in New York contributes to various architecture and design magazines, including Metropolis, Eye on Design and Works That Work.

Zhuang has also written and edited numerous books about design and urban life in Singapore, including the INDEPENDENCE: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s (2012) and Mok Wei Wei: The Works of W Architects (2020).


Sheere Ng is a writer and researcher with an interest in the intersections of food, immigration, and identity. Her works have been published in The Straits Times, The Business Times, Yahoo Singapore, and The Boston Globe.

After attaining a MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University, Ng worked with various food-related cultural and private institutions in New York City. She was a researcher for the Museum of Food and Drink and a stagiaire at Fung Tu, a Chinese American restaurant in Manhattan.