DesignXcel showcases more than 200 pieces of works collaboratively created by design graduates and industries
DesignXcel, the first Joint-School Design Exhibition organised by The Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) and its Design Council of Hong Kong (DCHK), has officially opened at Hong Kong Central Library. The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of HKSAR, GBM, GBS, attended the opening ceremony as the Guest of Honour, accompanied by Mr Jimmy Kwok Chun-wah, BBS, MH, JP, the Chairman of FHKI and Professor Eric C. Yim, JP, the Deputy Chairman of FHKI and the Chairman of DCHK. More than a hundred guests including representatives from across industries and major design institutions were present to show their support.
The aim of DesignXcel is to connect fresh design graduates with the industries in Hong Kong and to create a positive synergy with the innovative ideas and practical experience through the collaborations. A total of 16 local design institutions participated in this yearlong project and selected graduates were chosen from the 4,000 full-time 2017 design graduates in Hong Kong to work with more than 60 companies across industries. More than 200 pieces of their works are exhibited at the Exhibition Gallery of Hong Kong Central Library from October 5-17.
"DesignXcel provides an opportunity for the industry and entrepreneurs to understand how to work with designers. And in return, the design graduates could also learn more about the tools, materials and even potential problems through their participation in the process of converting the design into real products. It is therefore absolutely a win-win opportunity for both parties," Professor Eric C. Yim, JP, Deputy Chairman of FHKI & the Chairman of DCHK, said in his welcome speech at the opening ceremony.
Sponsored by CreateHK, DesignXcel also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Design Council of Hong Kong. Mr Jimmy Kwok Chun-wah, the Chairman of FHKI shared in his opening remarks, "DesignXcel is organised with a goal to establish a sustainable and well-defined link for business and education so design graduates could be paired up with companies in a systematic manner. We encourage the industry to take up corporate social responsibility and benefit from the intergenerational reciprocity, which can result in a rise of overall innovation level and contribute to the Hong Kong economy."
DesignXcel showcases collaborations spanning five categories of Graphics, Advertising & Visual Communication, Product & Industrial, Fashion & Image, Digital & Interactive, Architecture, Interior, Spatial & Environmental designs. Various interactive exhibits are great for all ages to visit including the viewing of interior designs displayed with the most advanced VR technology, the conversion of 2D photos into 3D images that can be viewed without 3D glasses, and games that are designed to prevent and alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. Among the collaborations, NowHere® Design Ltd. worked with interior design and creative media graduates on the first STEM Lab in Hong Kong.
Another exhibit named A Kind of Rice Keeps A Hundred People is a campaign to promote locally produced Yi O Rice created by Miss Bonnie Chan Chak Yee, graduate from Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). With the sponsor and printing support, 200 rice steamer containers are re-packaged in Bonnie's design, bringing together a product that belongs to Hong Kong.
Visitors can join guided tours on-site to learn about the ideas and stories of the exhibits, or pre-register online to participate in a variety of workshops, seminars and happy sharing on different design topics such as Natural Handmade Soap Workshop, Resin Painting Workshop, 3D Puzzle Workshop, Folding Stool Workshop, 3D Printing Technology Sharing and etc. For details, visit here.
DesignXcel Joint-School Design Exhibition 2017
Date: October 5 – 17
Time: 10am-8pm *Closes at 3pm on October 17
Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, HK