Design In Hong Kong

When we usually talk about design, people think design is just about the beautiful visuals on paper or these days, on your computer screen or Internet browser.

But design is a lot more.

Design is really about making life easy and convenient for everyone.

And there’s no better place to see Design in action than in Hong Kong. You see, our trips to Hong Kong aren’t ever just for holidays. We’re there for a break, yes, but more than that, we’re there to experience Hong Kong design.

Here’s one instance.

Sign at HK airport announcing train arrival
Sign at HK airport announcing train arrival

If you’re a frantic traveller or a first-time tourist to Hong Kong, wouldn’t you heave a sigh of relief knowing that the train comes every 2 minutes? What did that do for you? It gave you some peace of mind and answers.

Or how about this?

Not your average cover-up for construction work
Not your average cover-up for construction work

We captured this near the Hong Kong Art Museum, a high traffic area. Naturally it would be an eye-sore if passers-by could see the construction work going on. The Civil Engineering Department not only covered up the unsightly renovation work – it literally camouflaged it by using images of a hedge! From afar, you really wouldn’t notice it until you went nearer.

Hong Kong people are definitely one of the most innovative, perhaps as a result of their lack of space. Fast-paced and frenetic, they will use anything and everything to help them get ahead in their advertising (which features a lot in the streets of Hong Kong).

Even in the museums, HK people use every inch of space they have to promote and maximize their work and business. Sticker advertising on staircases is very much in vogue there – even in the Shatin Heritage Museum which was running an exhibition on the 25 Years of Pixar Animation. See the stairs in the photo below? See anything familiar?

What can you see in the staircase?
What can you see in the staircase?

But the best one has got to be these recycling bins which we spied in Changi Airport, Singapore.

Recycling without needing to stop and think!
Recycling without needing to stop and think!

These are recycling containers which are about 4 feet tall. In Malaysia, we often have to stop and think – which bin does paper go into? The brown or orange container? Even then we’re really not sure until we go nearer.

These bins will never confuse you. From afar, they are telling you what they should contain.

We call these truly smart ideas and of course, smart design.

Design is really how it works, not how cool it looks.

Catch our next post: Going window-shopping in HK and Singapore!

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