ATypI Call for Programme Proposals

ATypI invites proposals for workshops and presentations for its 2012 conference Hong Kong, China, from 10 to 14 October 2012.

ATypI 2012 welcomes proposals from around the world that addresses typographic communication from various perspectives including usability, aesthetic, technological, historical, political, cultural, social, linguistic and other uncharted areas.

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PolyU Design’s exhibition stand design wins prestigious red-dot

PolyU Design’s exhibition stand design won the eyes of the red dot award judging panel and was awarded the prestigious red dot communication award. The exhibition was set up at the annual Business of Design Week 2009’s Inspiration Hall.

The brief was to build a space that is: 1) Highly efficient in order to encapsulate the variety of programs and initiatives at the School; and 2) be able to highlight individual designs, and entice visitors to stay and go through all exhibits at the stand. Through a rigorous tender process, Oval Design provided a solution that meet the requirements and also create a positive visiting experience.

Quoting Oval’s press release on receiving the award: “[Oval] designed an intriguing space that changed incessantly by means of a moving curtain to heighten viewers’ interest in the exhibits — the work of young design graduates of the School. The moving curtain running on electrical railings created a space that was constantly being configured by the changing position of the curtain, making for a highly individualized experience because each visitor’s impression of the exhibition and viewing sequence of the exhibits were unique. Visitors were also captivated by the optical illusions formed by patterns produced by the moving strings.”

Dennis Wong of Oval Design was the Creative Director for the project and a proud graduate of PolyU Design. He won the red dot communication design award with this stand design, together with the Macau Pavilion design at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The two winning projects can be viewed online at from December 9, 2010 through January 9, 2011.

PolyU Design will be at the Inspiration Hall again this year from 2-4 Dec. Come share our latest brainwaves on design!

WANTED: Peer Mentors

We are looking for 35 full-time non-final year student volunteers to join the PolyU Peer Mentors Program for the 2010 PolyU Common Orientation. You will receive special points for this. Refer to this brochure for details and apply now!

PolyU study sheds light on lifestyle of middle-class families on mainland

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design (SD) has set up the world’s first image database on the lifestyle of middle-class Chinese families after gathering massive data on their living environment and analysing their expectations for modern life. Continue reading…

SDWorks puts students’ design on market

Mirror Watch from SDWorks

With the help of SDWorks, a unique business platform attached to the School of Design (SD) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the award-winning LED Mirror Watch designed by a young promising talent has been launched in the market.

This ingenious design has recently took Silver in the 2009 Spark Awards and won the 2009 Most Successful Design Award. Designed by an SD graduate Mr Lai Cheuk-kee in his second year Fashion Accessories class, the concept of Mirror Watch focuses on dual functionality, transforming a watch into a stylish useful mirror when not in use. Continue reading…

RISD President John Maeda at PolyU Design

President of renowned US design institution Rhode Island School of Design visited PolyU Design on 22 Jan and gave a lecture on design and education to the students.

Dear staff and students of PolyU Design, if you have missed the talk or would like to review it, please visit and log in with your EMAN account.

Public Design Paper on Hong Kong Engineer

PolyU Design’s Ir Prof Kin Wai Michael Siu’s street bollard design paper was published in the January 2010 issue of premier journal Hong Kong Engineer. Look for the paper here:

Hundreds of flexible removable bollards by Ir Prof Kin Wai Michael Siu are now installed around Hong Kong such as Causeway Bay and Chai Wan.  The design is a collaboration between PolyU and the Hong Kong Highways Department.

Paddling Home on Victoria Harbor

Our Assistant Professor Kacey Wong set sail on the Victoria Harbor with his Paddling Home on 16 January, 2010. The Paddling Home was an installation at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale where Alvin Yip, also an Assistant Professor in the Environment & Interior discipline, was co-chair of the Biennale’s steering committee. Still a few days to go before the Biennale closes on 27 February, check out its website at


A year 2 student of PolyU interviewed Design school’s BA in Design program leader Prof Yanta Lam with tips on getting into PolyU Design. Chinese only.


採訪/撰文:理大學生大使 張慧玲 專業英語學士二年級

Prof Yanta Lam, Program Leader, BA in Design

PolyU Design is one of the World’s 30 Best Design Schools

BusinessWeek announced the 2009 World’s Best Design Schools list and PolyU Design was one of the 30 chosen schools. Click to see its Special Report on Design Thinking.

BusinessWeek 2009 World's Best Design Schools

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