PolyU Design Annual Show 2013


Include Asia 2013 Conference


KODW 2013 started off with the Include Asia Conference, a 2-day program focused on inclusive design. The biennial conference debuts in Hong Kong since its launch in 2001 in London, partnering The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU Design), the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) for the first time. This year’s theme ‘Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design’ spurs participants to explore and respond to concerns such as ageing population, climate change and rapid urbanisation for individuals and communities.

Held at Hotel ICON, the program welcomed keynote speaker, Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design at London Legacy Development Corporation. Also speaking at the conference was Paul Thompson of RCA, Keiji Kawahara of International Association for Universal Design, and Dan Formosa of Smart Design, who also held workshops.

As tradition, the Include Conference committee recognises members of the inclusive design field for their contributions to the community. This year’s recipients of the Champion of Inclusive Design were Yasuyuki Hirai (Kyushu University, Japan), Joseph Kwan (UDA Consultants Ltd.), and our very own, Michael Siu Kin Wai (PolyU Design). We would also like to congratulate Susan Barnwell and Jasmien Herssens on winning the Best Paper Awards.

MUSCON concluded with fruitful global network of museums and institutions

With full support from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government, Vitra Design Museum, the Hong Kong Design Centre and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design joined hands in organising this year’s Asian MUSCON in Hong Kong on 20 – 23 September.

The Asian Museum Network Conference (MUSCON) 2012, coincided with the city’s celebration of 2012 as “Hong Kong Design Year” and focused on design museums as well as museum design in the context of Asia and its people. The Network Conference on day one brought together members of the museum community from around the world to exchange ideas and thoughts on upcoming projects. The Public Conference on day two welcomed members of the public to learn about the local and overseas projects, opportunities and knowledge, and contributed to the contemporary development of new museum concepts, collections, and exhibitions beyond the classic model of modern art museums.

Keynote speakers included Deyan Sudjic from Design Museum London, Hang Jian from China Museum of Design, Linda Vlassenrood from International New Town Institute, and Susanna Pettersson from Alvar Aalto Foundation, just to name a few. These speakers and more made up an interesting program featuring lectures on their specialties and topical discussions on this year’s theme: Design Museum, Museum Design.

In order to promote the exchange between European, American and Asian cultural institutions and respond to the museum boom in China and elsewhere in Asia, Asian MUSCON was launched in 2008 and has since become an increasingly significant event for Asian cultural institutes.

More about MUSCON: http://muscon.org/node/5461

The Network Conference was held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where members of the museum community engaged in closed-door presentations.

A photo op with Mr Edmond Lee (Executive Director of HKDC), Ms Lesley Lau (Chief Curator of Art Promotion Office), Dr Louis Ng (Assistant Director of LCSD),Alexander von Vegesack (Vitra Design Museum), Mr Marc Zehntner (Director of Vitra Design Museum), and Mr Alvin Yip (Director of JCDISI) at the Welcome Reception.

MUSCON participants enjoyed a personal tour from Dr Kan Tai-Keung at his exhibition Hong Kong Design Legacy and Beyond: The 70 Fruitful Years of Kan Tai-Kung at HK Central Library.

Cordially inviting you to PolyU Design Annual Show 2012

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.

Details at http://www.atypi.org/hong-kong-2012/call-for-papers

Highlights of this year’s BODW, a must-go mega event in Hong Kong!

Business of Design Week (BODW) featuring well-renowned Brands
High class fashion brand Hugo Boss’ CEO Gerrit Ruetzel, Jil Sander Group’s Alessandro Cremonesi, Taiwan Eslite Wu Ching Yu, Founder of Classicon, and Hugo Boss’ great grandson Oliver Holy are only a few of the exclusive designers attending this year’s 2011 Business of Design Week Hong Kong. With an additional focus on automobiles, BODW has invited Audi’s Stefan Sielaff, BMW’s Adrian Van Hooydonk, Mercedes-Benz’ Olivier Boulay and Hong Kong-born Anthony Lo of Renault as part of BODW’s amazing automobile track.

Influential Designers attend Business of Design Week
Architecture, interior design and urban development play an important role in today’s society. Some of the world’s most beautiful buildings and structures are created by very people who will be traveling to Hong Kong in December. Among some of them are Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, Jurgen Mayer H. who built the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Antonio Citterio who has furnished the Bulgari Hotels and Italian designer Piero Lissoni, who has previously designed forAlessi.

Chinese designers feature their innovative works at BODW
China is the fastest growing economy in the world – and so are the Chinese designers. China has so much to offer – from traditional classic Chinese influences, to modern day, contemporary work, Chinese design is truly rising. Among some of the most successful and influential Chinese designers is Jiang Qiong Er, founder of fashion brand Shang Xia of Hermes, Wu Ching Yu, founder of Eslite Culture in Taiwan, Freeman Lau, co-founder of Kan & Lau who was responsible for the brilliant creation of the Watson’s water bottle.

Business of Design Week will cover various tracks such as Brands, Space, Communications, Automotive, Heritage, Culture & the City, Fashion & Apparel, and Products & Design.


PolyU Design Annual Show 2011, 1-14 June. See you soon!

The journey to good design involves the constant search of the delicate balance between simplicity and complexity, emotion and rationality, theory and practicality. At PolyU Design, students explore these major attributes before making a design decision.

Join us at the PolyU Design Annual Show 2011 to see future designers from Advertising, Digital Media, Environment & Interior, Industrial & Product, and Visual Communication disciplines turn fresh ideas into works of beauty and function.

Date: 1 – 14 June (opens daily)
Exhibition Opening Hours: 11:30 – 20:30
Opening Ceremony: 1 June 14:30 (by invitation)
Venue: InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Presented by over 200 graduating students of this cohort from
BA (Hons) in Design (Advertising Design /Environment & Interior Design /Industrial & Product Design /Visual Communication Design)
BA (Hons) in Digital Media
Higher Diploma in Multimedia Design and Technology
Higher Diploma in Product Innovation Technologies

Free Admission

Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2011


Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2011
A Week of Design Learning and Sharing with Masters

Date: 20 – 24 June, 2011 (Mon – Fri)
Venue: Hotel ICON, Tsimshatsui East, Hong Kong
The theme for KODW 2011 will be “Design for Asia and China”, with a focus on industrial design. The 1-week gathering will feature interactive workshops, the one-day ReD conference, and networking sessions with the world’s top design gurus and business leaders. State-of-the-art design streams, such as Product, Green, Emotion, User-Centric, Inclusive, Brand Management, Cultural Based Innovation, Ergonomics, Consumer Experience and Innovative Design, plus the latest regional design trends will be thoroughly explored.

The line up of inspiring guest speakers will include: Toshiyuki Kita (Japan), Patrick Whitney (USA), Michael Young (Hong Kong), Eric Chan (USA), Hideshi Hamaguchi (USA), Marc Brulhart and Chantal Rechaussat (Hong Kong), as well as design maestros from the Royal College of Art, JWT Southeast Asia, iF Award, red dot, etc.
Early bird registration starts now!
Event Website | Registration Form

A Matter of Experiences, not taking it for granted

The A Matter of Experiences Exhibition which was held at the SD Gallery for last two weeks, has concluded yesterday.

Exhibited were the works done by the year-one students of BA(Hons) in Design (Visual Communication) for the 10-week subject “Book and Publication”. The exhibits were the outcome of the first 5 weeks which covers bookmaking, toolbox or portfolio, A4/A3-size booklet and poster-booklet.

The aim of this first part of the subject is to enhance the students’ tangible experience of making a book/box with physical materials. It is a prelude, intended to strengthen their individual sensitivity for designing a book with special attention to texture, color, line, plane, form and space (printed/digital elements). Emphasis is placed on a conceptual understanding of a simple sheet of paper. This is essential for an in-depth understanding of how a sequence of papers relate to book design. Including texts and images, methods of cutting and folding, and considering time and space, all of which become the visible and the invisible elements of the works exhibited. The three assignments were to design an A4 and an A3 booklet and a poster-booklet which gives the students a practice for generating original printed publications, and for finding access to developing their own philosophy and concept for creating.

The exhibition was curated by Esther LIU, Associate Professor of School of Design.

Participants included:

CHAN Kit San
CHUN Kai Fung
HO Lut Hin
KAN Yuen Ting
LAM Oi Keat
LAM Pui Yuk
LAU Ka Man
LAU Yik Tung Alex
LEE Ching Yee
LEE Ka Man
LEE Yin Chung
LI Ting Ting
LIN Rongwei
MAK Long
PANG Ho Jing
WU Yee Kwan

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Call for Papers: International Conference on Interaction Design 9 – 12 November, 2011

Delight & Responsibility


Organized by
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tsinghua University
Carnegie Mellon University

Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design


The second ICID is looking at how interaction design is moving beyond human-computer interaction to creating delightful and responsible individual, social, and organizational experiences.

As innovators, we have the power to craft experiences that are not just delightful when navigating human lives in various contexts from digital navigation to organizational decision making, and social lives, but being sustainable, moral and ethical, or otherwise “responsible”. Despite its popularity, interaction design is either confined to digital culture or remains ambiguous when applied to a broader social and business context. ICID 2011 revisits its definition, language, approaches, and principles with respect to both rigour and intuition on how understanding the very fundamentals of interaction provides new opportunities for applying interaction design as a new approach to rather than a sub-discipline of design.

We would like to invite researchers, practitioners, educators and students to submit papers and case studies on delightful experiences and responsible design in interaction design. We believe that your contribution will not only enrich the knowledge on interaction design, but also include you in the shaping and developing interaction design in China and Asia as it is gaining its recognition in the region.

Areas of interest include:
1. Methodologies
2. Education & Curriculum Development
3. Industry & Business
4. Usability
5. Information Design
6. Social Innovation
7. Service Design

Paper Submission Dates*:
Wed 27 Apr Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
Wed 15 Jun Notification of Acceptance
Wed 31 Aug Full Papers Submission Deadline
Wed 9 Nov ICID 2011 Conference Begins
*Dates are subject to change

Please submit your extended abstract or full paper online. All extended abstract submissions must be made by Wednesday 27 April 2011, together with author names, affiliations and contact details. Detailed guidelines for submitting papers are available on the conference website http://www.icidconference.com/papers.html.

We look forward to your participation in ICID 2011: Delight and Responsibility and hope to see you here in Hong Kong in November.

Best regards,

ICID 2011 Organizing Committee

Contact us: info@icidconference.com


Lorraine Justice
Dean, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Xin Xiangyang
Associate Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dan Boyarski
Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Lu Xiaobo
Professor, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University

Catherine Hu
Rennie Kan
Michael Lai
Xin Xiangyang
Wilson Yuen
Zhiyong Fu


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