Communication Design School of Design Singapore

Elysia Tjanderawasi (she/they)

Graphic Designer | Illustrator

Elysia is a curious designer that enjoys seeing ordinary things in a new light and hopes to reignite others’ sense of wonder by changing their perception of the world.

Her works are heavily research-driven as she believes in gaining a deeper understanding of various related themes for a project to be more focused and well-defined, and therefore, easier to tackle. Her strengths lie in traditional illustrations and hands-on crafts, and she has recently found joy in combining tactile and digital mediums.

For a hobby, she has an Instagram account where she posts her free-time illustrations. Her other interests include animals, nature, crafts, animation, and photography!


You can view more of her works in the Behance link below.




Humans versus sea creatures, who are the real monsters? As we stand on the verge of exploring the Mesopelagic Zone, this book reflects that the greatest threat to these creatures and indeed to our planet is us.

This project aims to raise awareness about the danger that the ocean is facing due to human actions. The target audience is adults aged 25 years old and above, specifically those unknowledgeable about the sea and not environmentally conscious.

The publication was written in a poetic style and traditionally illustrated to mimic a scientific explorer’s journal. It also includes various essays and articles from ethologists, primatologists, and other scientists.

Cover design

Organic type-making combined with dark blue colour palette. This dynamic visual reflects the mystery of the topic of the deep sea.


Setting the scene imaginatively: poetic writing describing monster-like qualities in humans’ lifestyle. Examples in the book: "...these same creatures enter colourful beetles that crawl on asphalt paths," are cars, and "these creatures also control the giant bird-like machines in the sky," are planes. "What planet is this? Why do these creatures travel in this way?"

Human Nature and Animals

Philosophical and anthropological stance that humans are animals with examples of creatives exploring this concept. Reveals the nature of humans and how humans think they are more superior and segregates themselves from other animals.
The segment concludes with an intriguing insight of the irony of humans being inhumane, more beastly and “animal-like” than the animals themselves. Quoted from the book, “there are monstrous qualities of our remarkable creations, and there are the monster-like qualities to our inhumanity.”

The Deep

The other half of the book shows our little understanding of the ocean and teaches readers about it. It has an introduction to Mesopelagic Zone (chosen as it is the next affected area after coral reefs) and reveals the importance of the ocean.

"Creature features" insert

This segment also includes an insert for readers to learn about the scary monsters (sea creatures) from the Mesopelagic Zone.

Care to notice

Final chapter of the book calls for a new level of awareness to the dangers the creatures are facing due to us. It stresses the importance that the future of Earth is in our hands.


With the rise of technology came social media many years later. A few benefits to social media are using it as a communication tool and an advertising platform. However, using it excessively is often viewed negatively. This project reflects how social media impacts our way of living, showing our habits and dependency on it.

It started with the idea of the “illusion of choice” in social media. The algorithm feeds users with things they want to see and groups them with other like-minded people. The group then does similar activities together and seeks validation from one another. Eventually, everyone becomes a carbon copy of each other.

This realisation led to the concept of Sheeple (“sheep” + “people”). The definitions of Sheeple are herd behaviour and mentality, individuals in a group act collectively without centralised direction, and conformist behaviours with little to no critical thinking. Although a positive perspective of being in a herd would mean building a community and finally having a sense of belonging, the outcome aims to warn of the negative consequences of not wanting to venture outside of one’s comfort zone.

Poster outcome: The text explains what becoming a sheep meant and written as if an existing group of Sheeple is recruiting more followers. The illustration accompanied by the text amplifies the narrative of morphing into a sheep.