National Youth Council (NYC): Our Two Cents

Illustrated assets for every step of an event.

Pre-budget conversations with citizens are held each year for Singapore’s Government to understand how the Singapore Budget can better address citizens’ concerns. Our Two Cents: Pre-Budget 2021 Youth Conversations, organised by National Youth Council (NYC) and the Ministry of Finance, provided youths with a platform to share their perspectives. Invited by integrated marketing agency DSTNCT, we hopped on to create illustrated collaterals and live graphic recordings that accompanied each step of the event.

On 13 January 2021, along with two ministers and a sizable team of facilitators and staff, around 170 youths joined the session on Zoom. Many participants were framed by our Zoom background, illustrated pre-event.

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Our graphic recorder was on standby in the studio with her digital tablet and pencil in hand, ready to scribe. Minister of State (Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth; Ministry of Trade and Industry) Mr Alvin Tan kicked the session off with his opening remarks.

The bubbly hosts — Germaine Tan (Mediacorp 987FM DJ) and Joel Lim (Co-Founder of ZYRUP) — introduced the themes to be discussed, accompanied by slides illuminated with our illustrations.

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One of our spot illustrations was also printed on T-shirts worn by Germaine and the staff.


Before participants were distributed into breakout rooms to cast their votes for issues they care about, they were shown an explainer video on the Quadratic Voting method — illustrated and animated by Idea Ink.

As youths exchanged their views in 10 breakout rooms, we hopped around and turned some of their comments into illustrated nuggets, creating a visual overview of the passionate dialogues.


After the discussions, the hosts gave a summary of the key points raised by the 10 groups, and the salient ideas were condensed by our graphic recorder into a visual summary, live.


The enriching session ended with closing remarks by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Finance and National Development, Ms Indranee Rajah, who highlighted the interconnectedness between the 5 themes.


Post-event, our graphic recordings were shared on social media by National Youth Council and Mr Alvin Tan. Along with our illustrated assets, the graphic recordings were also incorporated into an in-depth write-up by Youthopia, a youth digital portal.