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.

Ali specialises in translating Japanese into English, and will take on English to Japanese work depending on the requirements of the project!
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


Freelance Copywriter and Translator (Japanese to English) We Are Also May 2018 – Present Singapore

Clients include: Teyst Group, Supermama,, The Design Society (Singapore), Foreign Policy Design, BLACK Design, Kinetic

Copywriter Kinetic Design & Advertising Jan 2016 – April 2018 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


2 Bronze, Creative Circle Awards A Good Thing
2 Gold, 1 Silver, Creative Circle Awards Rewards with Facebook
2 Golds, 4 Silvers, Creative Circle Awards Kinetic V6, Silver for Copywriting
Finalist, Creative Circle Awards Kinetic V6 (Digital Craft: Copywriting)
Runner-Up for Young Copywriter of the Year, Creative Circle Awards After 2018, I’m no longer young.
2017 Annual, Tokyo Type Director’s Club MetalFest Gong 2016
15 Silver, 5 Bronze, Creative Circle Awards MetalFest Gong 2016


AnonymousUNIQLOMINIFacebookDeliverooKeppel LandBen & Jerry'sMCCY SingaporeTeyst Group (The Daily Cut / Muchachos)City Developments LimitedLenovoUnileverDiageoPMQ Hong KongCanon AsiaTofu DesignBLACKFableGrabSupermamaStudio RootsRMM MagazineRed Dot Design Award


Group, MINI EXTRAODDINARY, Katong/Joo Chiat - Singapore Created a site-specific artwork called PLANTED
Group, supponstar, Singapore Art Book Fair - Singapore Exhibited 4 zines
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


Bachelor of Arts (Hon) National University of Singapore 2007 – 2012 Singapore

Majored in English Literature and Japanese Studies.
Was part of the University Scholars Programme.
I like to read and talk about profound things, I guess?

Year-long Exchange Programme Waseda University 2009 – 2010 Tokyo, Japan