監製:Brian Fung


    Words abound in nearly every part of life like air. Their existence may seem so natural that we often overlook designers’ ingenuity hidden in every single typeface.

    Ever since studying in a design institute, Adoninan CHAN has always been contemplating and investigating what it means by Hong Kong’s unique visual culture, as well as the elements that contribute to the city’s unparalleled urban landscape. He regards the typefaces adopted in signboards on the street an outstanding feature of the city. In particular, writing signboards in the Bei Wei style is almost exclusively found here in Hong Kong. With Bei Wei style gradually replaced by other styles in signboards in recent years, Adonian wishes to add a modern twist to Bei Wei style through typeface design, hence preservation of this typeface that is quintessentially Hong Kong.

    Julius HUI is a professional typeface designer. In addition to design, he is also passionate about looking into the development and history of typefaces. When reading ancient Chinese texts, he discerned that the design of typefaces actually is crucial in helping readers read comfortably and remain focused. This has inspired him to design a Chinese typeface that is more vibrant and energetic, hoping to render reading more appealing and hassle-free.

    During over three decades of working in Chinese typeface design, Sammy OR’s works include classic designs such as MTRSong in MTR stations and Li Song in newspapers. For the past eight years, Sammy has been entirely devoted to a new Gothic typeface that he hopes will be a breakthrough in terms of artistry and clarity.


    • Day and Night on Tai Nan Street

      Day and Night on Tai Nan Street

      Sham Shui Po was the hub of raw materials but long-standing businesses have moved in tandem since the relocation of Hong Kong factories northward, especially on Tai Nan Street where many shops have been left vacant in recent years. However, there are shops emerging now. On the same street, there are two art and creative complexes with disparate features and a pop-up community shop which are only separated by a few shops. Through planning, a shop, a street, and a community connect brand new ideas and thoughts imperceptibly.

    • Designer in Wild

      Designer in Wild

      As a small and mountainous city where the concrete jungle and the verdant countryside coexist, Hong Kong is the home to a world-renowned unique landscape. Hiking and camping thus naturally became an activity for city dwellers during holidays. Spending a day or two in the wild provides a brief escape from urban boisterousness. For them, a breath of the nature and the return to the basics of life are antidotes to the stressful working life.

      While camping gear tended to give an impression of being simple and pragmatic in the past, people have been increasingly demanding on camping supplies in recent years, giving rise to the popularity of gear with sophisticated design from countries such as the United States and Japan. The forms of camping also have grown to be more varied. Each form, be it leisure-oriented or ultra-light, has their own supporters. As the camping population has flourished gradually, products available in the market may not be able to fulfill such a variety of needs, and some camping enthusiasts decided to get their hands on designing and making all kinds of camping gear themselves, hence the creation of independent outdoor gear brands.

      Camping fanatics LEUNG Ka-po (Po), Tara CHAN, and Royce YU all have their own full-time jobs, but share the devotion of designing different camping gear in their leisure time. Once a patient of mood disorder, Po feels that the sound of burning logs possesses a healing power. Having discovered white charcoal’s characteristic of being able to endure long heating without giving out fumes, he began to design and produce by hand cookware tailor-made for cooking with wood fire and charcoal.

      Graphic and multi-media designer Tara loves running in mountains and builds temporary homes in the countryside. He made room for a small studio in his home where he designs extra-light backpacks and bags, blending work and pleasure in one. His most recent project is designing camping shelters with brands from Mainland China.

      Product designer Royce is familiar with the process of manufacturing electronic products. He succeeded the first time raising money through crowd-funding for a multi-use camping lamp. He hopes to showcase the versatility of Hong Kongers to the world by combining the design of vintage gas lamps and LED lights.

    • Urbanism and Space

      Urbanism and Space

      Usually, the landscape of a place is what comes up to mind at the mention of a city. Land planners who employ conventional British colonial designs normally would divide a piece of land into two halves and put up buildings closely on both sides of the main street, by which gaps among buildings form narrow and long back alleys. These back alleys persist these days, not only are they the gathering spots for marginalised communities, but the narrow land parcel also preserve a social feature for city’s side streets.
      In this episode, we will focus on the discussion of architecture and urban space, through which we will also analyse city scenes such as city hall, stairs, and back alleys, and inquire into how they showcase the folk wisdom in design.