Creative, Writer, and Translator

Ali / Alicia Tan


I write and translate for advertising, design and everything else in between. I like doggos, g o o d b o y e s, and will never say no to curled feetsies.

Ali's from a little island.

She wants to help designers express their ideas and thoughts better, and help the general public understand the value that design brings.

Ali is called Ali because if you google 'Alicia Tan Writer', she is not the first hit. Ali Tan however, is an Eastern European singer and that's a much better Google Search Result. She read English Literature and Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore (in Singapore) and Waseda University in Tokyo. She did not graduate from any advertising programme or portfolio school. She has, however, been published in Ceriph (Math Paper Press), COAST (Math Paper Press) and exhibited her zines in Tokyo. Ali collects magazines and printed publications, and hopes to publish her own periodical one day.

She is co-founder of Suppon★Star, Shapes of Design, and used to run a popular otaku blog on Japanese pop culture.
If you'd like her to write for you or want to collaborate, feel free to drop her an e-mail at min.t [at] 

Areas of Interest:

Branding / Singapore Design / Japanese Design / Japanese Culture / Pop Culture / Food and Culture / Visual Communication / Curation / Experiential Design / Field Research / UX Writing / Artificial Intelligence / Chatbots / Augmented Reality / Consumer Behaviour / Content Strategy


Copywriter Kinetic Design & Advertising Jan 2016 – Present Singapore
Copywriter Blak Labs Dec 2014 – Dec 2015 Singapore
Junior Copywriter Geometry Global (Ogilvy & Mather) 2012 – Nov 2014 Singapore
Graduate Fellow Ogilvy & Mather Feb 2012 – Dec 2013 Singapore


2017 Annual, Tokyo Type Director’s Club MetalFest Gong 2016
15 Silver, 5 Bronze, Creative Circle Awards MetalFest Gong 2016


Group, NIPPON art book (by Original Studio, Singapore), Singapore Art Book Fair 2014 - Singapore Photographs published in independent zine, NIPPON
Group, supponstar, Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015 - Tokyo, Japan Exhibited 5 zines
Group, DARKNESS – The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library - New York, NY Created a zine/sketchbook
Group, Into Nature, TripleOne Somerset - Singapore Ceramics + Zines


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