Graphic & New Media / 40 Under 40 2016

Benny Leung, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Benny Leung
Founder & director, STUDIO-M | Hong Kong

A graduate of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education and Birmingham City University, Benny Leung has created marketing plans and ideas as well as design solutions for various Hong Kong performing art and cultural groups since 2005.

Four years ago, he launched STUDIO-M, specialising in visual branding, typography, art direction and graphic design. He has won a number of design awards, including iF Design Award, One Show Design Awards, New York TDC Awards, HKDA Global Design Awards and Kan Tai-keung Design Award.

Leung’s work has also been selected for events such as the 8th Asia Graphic Design Triennale 2012 in Korea, and in the same year, he was also invited by the Hong Kong Design Centre to participate in the ‘Ingenuity Follows Nature: A Poster Exhibition of Asian Designers & Tong Yang-Tze’s Calligraphy’ Hong Kong Edition.

Chan Hei Shing, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Chan Hei Shing
Founder, Hei Shing Book Design | Hong Kong

Chan Hei Shing’s enthusiasm for art and design can be seen in his works, which focus on multicultural diversity — an appreciation which developed during his time studying in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and went on to further his studies in London, where he earned a Master’s degree from the Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, in 2008. Chan has won several international and local design awards, including the YIC Young Design Talent Award (HKDC), Guardian Student Media Award, Young Writers’ Debut Competition, HKDA Global Design Awards and the Swatch Young Illustrators Award. He has also exhibited his works in London, Berlin, Brussels and Hong Kong.

Currently working as an independent book designer, Chan is also a visiting lecturer at School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University teaching courses in book design.

Ernest Wu, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Ernest Wu
Founding partner & managing director, The Laundromatte | Hong Kong

Ernest Wu is the founding partner of one of Hong Kong’s leading creative visual studios, The Laundromatte, and credits his work ethic and drive to two summers he spent working in Japan: “As a professional, I believe it is our responsibility to create work that we’re proud of and respects our clients,” he says.

With his grasp of 3D imaging, mastery of the hardware and the software involved, and years of working with creatives, Wu bridges the engineering and the artistic, ensuring that every member of the project team understands what is going on — a vital component of The Laundromatte’s success.

Together with his partner Joshua Wong, Wu has built a working environment that is distinct from Hong Kong’s corporate culture: “We will continue to grow by partnering with clients and experts from other industries that share our tenacity in the pursuit of imagination and quality, and treat their employees as a family.”

Leo Chan, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Leo Chan
Founder and creative director, On Your Mark Design Laboratory | Hong Kong

Leo Chan obtained his BA (Hons) in graphic design from Central Saint Martins and a Master of Arts in typography/graphic design from the London College of Printing.His video projects have been selected to be shown at film festivals in Berlin, Hungary and London, while his designs have been exhibited at London Fashion Week 2006 and published in Vogue magazine (UK).

He has exhibited his illustrations and art pieces and also cooperated with different artists in many international art fairs and exhibitions.

Chan founded On Your Mark Design Laboratory in 2004, and has gone on to receive numerous international design awards. Recently, he has begun focusing on design education and socially-responsible projects in order to demonstrate that a local Hong Kong designer and design educator should always do more to contribute to art, design and cultural development.

Ricky Lai, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Ricky Lai
Creative director, Open Quote | Hong Kong

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London, Ricky Lai is the creative director of Open Quote Concept Store. As a communication designer, artist and curator, he is active in diverse fields including graphic design, illustration, and music composition.

Lai believes that with the right design thinking and a certain degree of technical ability, creativity should not be hindered by any boundaries, believing that the 21st century is in need of interdisciplinary talent.

Open Quote is a Hong Kong-based creative brand, as well as a concept store selling art and lifestyle products and a bookstore selling books and CDs.

Ruth Chao, Graphic & New Media, 40 under 40 2016
Ruth Chao
Co-founder & creative director, INDICUBE | Hong Kong

Ruth Chao launched her career in the world of design at British Vogue and honed her skills at Lane Crawford and I.T Apparel, where she designed for multiple brands and institutions including Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant, Victoria Beckham, The Met Gala, and Stella McCartney.

In 2014, Chao and her partner Antonia Li co-founded INDICUBE, where she leads the team to provide a range of creative services, including brand identity, graphic design, website/app design and development. Since its founding, INDICUBE has worked with over 20 clients spanning 12 industries in nine countries, including Estée Lauder, Mr Porter, New World Development, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Hypebeast.

Drawing from her psychology degree at the University of Bristol, Chao has a deep understanding of the consumer psyche and uses it to translate clients’ desires into successful visual communication.