Design Trust Grant Recipients Brian Kwok and Anneke Coppoolse (Information Design Lab) recently held an exhibition showcasing their research in the design and craftsmanship of neon lights in Hong Kong. The exhibition took place at Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Jockey Club Innovation Tower from 20th to 30th August 2018, paying homage to a form of craftsmanship now faded from the city.
Their research was inspired by a recent donation of 1,000 neon sign drawings from one of Hong Kong’s last remaining neon sign factories to the university. These works span fifty years in Hong Kong visual and consumer culture. Whilst these drawings are being conserved by the Lab, their history and stories were unfolded by the team in their recent exhibition at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. Their investigation traced the designers and makers behind this local artistry; in the process, they spoke with makers, designers, calligraphers and professors from institutions where these artists were trained, including those in the Pearl River Delta. This survey into the design and production of a key part of the city’s visual culture traces the history of Hong Kong’s graphic design in the pre-digital age.
For more information on the exhibition: http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/en/event/designing-the-spectacle.
For more information on Brian Kwok and Anneke Coppoolse project: https://designtrust.hk/grant-recipients/designing-the-spectacle/