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The dying art of Hong Kong’s neon signs

Posted by rod - 16.06.2014

Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture recently created a documentary and an online exhibition about Hong Kong’s neon signs. In addition to that the M+ museum received over 2,700 photos from fans who took pictures of the iconic signs.

 

Pretty much any business in Hong Kong had or still uses a neon sign from drugstores, banks, restaurants, bars, clubs, video game parlours etc. What these signs symbolise is a hallmark of prosperity. What would Hong Kong be with out neon signs? As one guy says right in the begging of the documentary – “Without neon lights the city is like a ghost town”.

 

Producing and designing neon signs was at its hight during the 1980s-1990s and is unfortunately or fortunately a dying art. The signs still retain their charm if they work, but for a lot of them the light has gone off. Check out the video and the rest essays and photos on neonsighgns.hk via Creative Review

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A food waste guide for the people of Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 16.12.2013

A food waste guide for the people of Hong Kong

With a population of over 7 million people Hong Kong is a world city that is a melting pot of people, cultures, history and food. One of the many highlights of Hong Kong is the variety of food, which is cherished by its residents. Unfortunately as with every city HK creates a substantial amount of food which is wasted, 1/3 to be exact. Especially during the festive season when families reunite and slap up a lavish meal to celebrate the good fortune of plentitude a lot of food goes in the bin.

Yaumatei Gardener, together with the support of MaD Good Lab asked the question how the people of Hong Kong can wast less. The result was the Shi Po Cherish Food Guide, which is a booklet that aims to raise the social awareness of cherishing and saving food in daily life. The guide features methods and tips of saving food, which was the result of the teams research and interviews with the community.

Good Morning was the design studio behind the two booklets, who created the lovely illustrations and infographis to catch people’s attention. The guide is bilingual, and the easy to understand pictograms also help the positive information to be spread widely within in different classes.

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Hong Kong drawing project

Posted by rod - 20.08.2013

Seoul Illustrator Yeji Yun created these five illustrated posters about Hong Kong. Each poster tells a new story about the metropolis, from the signage and transport, to the food and sights.

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Hong Kong – Wan Chai Wayfinding system

Posted by rod - 07.05.2013

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Hong Kong is a densely populated area with a 1001 things to do and see. Finding some of these sights or simply getting around can be a challenge. Especially if one is lost in an area that consists of a lot of visual noise. Jason Kwan collaborated with nine other creatives and designers to design a wayfinding system for the Wan Chai district on the northern shore of Hong Kong island.

 “Tastewalk is a personalized wayfinding system for Wanchai. The unique project emphasizes ease of orientation and concise designation without compromising aesthetics.

Working in a group of nine, we aimed to raise users’ cultural awareness of the dynamic district with heritage so rich. The principle map comprises a concise outline of the district, peppered with exquisite and custom-made map icons to highlight popular landmarks and time-honored attractions, such as Lun Mun Restaurant, Hung Shing Temple and “Ding Ding” Hong Kong Tram.

To show the best of a city within pages is no easy work. We started with thorough and comprehensive research on Wanchai’s history, demography and culture for inspiration. The process was of immense help as we were coming up with the final design approach: one that promotes and preserves cultural heritage.”

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Classic old Hong Kong logos’s inspire the Converse Pro Leather exhibition

Posted by rod - 15.04.2013

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Sneaker brand Converse recently launched its limited edition Pro Leather shoes in addition to an art exhibition in Hong Kong, which rather looks cool. The theme of the exhibition was to incorporate Hong Kong’s street culture and local characteristics. Designer Benny Luk was one of the creatives to work on the exhibition. The main visual feature, the Star Chevron from Pro-Leather, was re-interpreted and redesign into a collage of Classic old Hong Kong logos’s and typography. via sixstation

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Hong Kong traditional Chinese architecture exhibition identity

Posted by rod - 10.04.2013

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Traditional Chinese architectures is special among historical buildings in Hong Kong. It isn’t only because of the historical value and the artistic architectural style, but also the manifestation of the Chinese spiritual life – the pursuit of luck, fortune and happiness. TGIF were asked to design the identity and promotional items for the Hong Kong traditional Chinese architecture exhibition. The visual graphic elements and the typography was created by the details of traditional Chinese architecture, which was implemented on different applications.

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24 hours in Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 27.12.2012

24 hours in Hong Kong illustrated by Rafael Macho

There is a ton to experience in 24 hours in Hong Kong. This unique metropolis which blends Eastern and Western cultures is truly one of the world’s great destinations. US based Swiss Illustrator Rafael Macho was commisioned by the inflight magazine Oryx of Qatar Airways to illustrate this incredible city. Rafael took the cities unique skyline as a framework and filed it up with lots and lots of distinctive things of Hong Kong. He incorporated the historic Star ferry, the delicious dim sum dish, its famous double decker trams and lots more.

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Redesigning Hong Kong’s Tai Cheong Bakery

Posted by rod - 16.08.2012

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Redesigning a product or brand which is legendary is very designers dream.

Chinese design agency Pointblank design were given exactly that task. The Tai Cheong Bakery one of Hong Kong‘s legendary bakery’s, famous for their Chris Patten and egg tart received a updated brand identity and product packagings. With the launch of the new visual identity Tai Cheong also extended it’s product range into different categories from traditional Cantonese snacks to drinks.

 

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Old Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 21.02.2012

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Travel around Hong Kong through this 1930’s vintage film. 
Hong Kong: Gateway to China is the title of the movie which has amazing footage of the island’s people, architecture, and views of the surrounding bay and mountains. If you love your vintage films this one could be right for you. via theatlantic

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36 Airline logos from China and Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 05.12.2011

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What a great collection of Airline logos from China and Hong Kong. The above logos are from all over the country ranging from 1947 until today. via annyas

Which one is your favorite and why?

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Louis Vuitton city guide – Hong Kong, Dim sum

Posted by rod - 05.10.2011

Louis Vuitton city guid - Hong Kong, Dim sum

Louis Vuitton City Guide 2012 take us to Hong Kong and it’s famous Dim sum restaurants. The unique culinary art of dim sum originated with the Cantonese in Southern China. Dim sum is the Chinese version of Tapas in Spain it is prepared as small bite sized or individual portions of food, traditionally served in small steamer baskets or plates. Also worth checking out is the Louis Vuitton London city guide and Rome’s famous cinema locations.

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Hong Kong zoomed in

Posted by rod - 17.08.2011

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Hong Kong zoomed in art exhibition features 42 miniature models which created by artists. The miniature models depict real stores and streets of old Hong Kong. via designboom.

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Kowloon Walled City

Posted by rod - 26.05.2011

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Kowloon Walled City

In 1993 a Japanese team drew a cross-section of the amazing chaos of the Kowloon walled city before it got torn down. The Kowloon walled city was the only Chinese settlement allowed in the British territory of Hong Kong, which the Chinese wanted to be able to use as an outpost.

First after the World War II the Walled City became totally ungoverned. The average apartment was only 250 wquare feet, and there were 33,000 residents occupying the 6.5 acre region in 1987. More info here. Via oneinchpunch

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Chow Yun-Fat, His story about Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 23.05.2011

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International film star Chow Yun Fat born and raised in Hong Kong, promotes Kowloon with this film. He talks about the way of life, the atmosphere and about the friendliness of the neighborhood.

 

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Hong Kong posters

Posted by rod - 10.05.2011

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Above are a few posters that represent Hong Kong. If you love these you should check out the “Show us your type” website who have a whole bunch of poster designs of Hong Kong.

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The King of kowloon

Posted by rod - 06.05.2011

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Tsang Tsou-choi or also know as the “The King of Kowloon” was one of Hong Kong’s top graffiti artists until he died in 2007. His “calligraphy graffiti” is still scattered around the territory that he claimed belonged to his ancestors. Lampposts, utility boxes, pillars, pavements, street furniture, and building walls to an occasional car all got the mark of Tsang Tsou-choi. If you analyse the content it usually mentiones his name, his title (Emperor or King of Kowloon, Hong Kong, or China), his family tree (a variable list of about 20 individuals), the names of illustrious emperors, and the exclamation, “Down with the Queen of England!” comic images via virabong

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Traditional Chinese paper cut ad’s

Posted by rod - 14.10.2010

Leo Burnett Hong Kong created a bunch of adverts us traditional Chinese paper cutting technique to raise the awareness about street children. The adverts where commissioned by The christian Noble Children’s Foundations (CNCF). Check out the full campaign case study here. via osocio

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G.O.D

Posted by rod - 20.07.2010

This looks like an interesting shop located in Hong Kong to get some Chinese inspired goods.

G.O.D. is the phonetic sound of the Cantonese slang “to live better”, because to live better is a basic human desire in Hong Kong, Asia and the world. via jocundist

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