Hello there, I am Somewan or

Tengwan Quek

About Me

Illustrator & Designer

I am currently working as a freelance Illustrator and Designer, targeting visual services for software companies. At the same time, periodically release illustration and icon packs online. Previously, I worked as a Senior Product Designer and delivered different products ranging from apps, SaaS Enterprise to AI. I have also supported companies' visual design and branding for the past decade.

On the side, I am fascinated by all kind of miniature models, showing some love to stray cats, reading and watch documentaries. Also oddly enough, to stare at trees.


Product Illustrator (Freelance) • Grab
2019 – Present

Supports Design Ops team and UI/UX designers on product illustration and help contribute to the current design systems.

Product Designer (Freelance) • Basis AI
2018 – 2020

Designed artificial intelligence and machine learning platform that are used by data scientists to help analyze businesses and drive growth.

Senior Product Designer • Zendesk
2012 – 2018

Worked closely with product managers, engineers, UX researcher and the global creative team to grow design through iterations, ideation and user validation.

Illustrator/Art Director (Freelance)
2009 – 2015

Notably, illustrated, researched and compiled a bilingual book on preserving "Vanishing Crafts" and "Vanishing Materials", led by Prof. Jesvin Yeo.


K-Design Award 2017

Silver Winner, Vanishing Crafts

Reddot Award 2016

Communication Design, Publication, Vanishing Materials

iF Design Award 2016

Publishing, Vanishing Craft

Crowbar Award 2013

Bronze, Editorial Publication ADM Show 2012

Crowbar Award 2013

Finalist, Below the line collaterals ADM Show 2012

Crowbar Award 2012

Finalist, Editorial Publication, Rebirth


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Diploma in Industrial Design

Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore

Interested to collaborate together?