The effects of design shown as an example in Hong Kong

The effects of design shown as an example in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum allows visitors to compare design in the city with regional counterparts and view also Hong Kong’s design history since the 1970s and take note of oeuvres by Hong Kong’s most promising young designers. The exhibition forms part of a yearlong programme of events known as the 2012 Hong Kong Design Year as a mean of 60 events bringing design to the public, because designers will play increasingly prominent roles in our society states Lo Kai Yin, curator of the museum

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The Hong Kong Design Centre has been founded 10 years ago and Business of Design Week (BoDW) was launched in 2002 and has been growing into a major even, attracting the cream of international design talent. BoDW marries the idea of design with business and is keenly anticipated by those in the design community and recently there has been a call to bring design to the grassroots level. Dr. Edmund Lee, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre states: “We wanted a lot of communication with the public. Many think design is for the affluent, the middle classes. We are saying Hong Kong is a city driven by design, that design is part of the fabric of our city, the way we live, our culture and economy. And Grace Lau, Academic Coordinator of Design with the School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong, adds: “We always talk about design in terms of looks, but aesthetic appreciation is only one small part. We’ve never been able to explain how design can make things better”. She wants people to understand design and its uses. She promotes “Design thinking” cross the city, holding workshops on the topic in schools and other community settings. One of her seminar will challenge the public to become designers in only 60 minutes.

The Design Year’s programme helped also to expose local designers to international talent by  organising an AIG Open, an event that brought together 26 acclaimed graphic designers and was attended by more than 500 participants. Another summer camp programme took 50 students from local Hong Kong institutions on a tour of Milan’s design studios, while another 200 students in an international cultural exchange programme.   

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