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Top design talents celebrated at HKDA Global Design Awards 2016

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 25, 2016 in Products
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Gold Award: 'MORE HUGS' by Ken Lo (All images courtesy HKDA)

Gold Award: 'MORE HUGS' by Ken Lo (All images courtesy HKDA)

Local creators recognised at HKDA (Hong Kong Designers Association) Global Design Awards 2016

Sponsored by Create Hong Kong and celebrating its 40th anniversary, last week, Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) announced the results of HKDA Global Design Awards 2016. With over 1,200 entries from 20 countries, the winners were honoured at a ceremony held at Asia Society, Hong Kong.

To recognise different levels of design excellence from multiple disciplines, HKDA presented the inaugural HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award along with over 250 awards, including Gold, Silver, Bronze, Excellence, Hong Kong Best Award and Judge’s Choice Award.

Some of the HKDA Global Design Awards 2016 Gold awardees

Some of the HKDA Global Design Awards 2016 Gold awardees

14 top-tier designers formed the judging panel and joined forces in Hong Kong in March 2016, making tough decisions to pick winners from four main design categories spanning 41 sub-categories. These categories comprise Digital, Graphics, Products (including Fashion) and Spatial & Environmental design.

Notable winners included 84000 Communications Ltd, founded by local designer Stanley Wong. The company won 17 awards including a Gold award, a Hong Kong Best award and a Judge's Choice award in the Graphics category for Stanley’s work tribute to masters: 12 books that pay tribute to 12 Japanese design masters who had the deepest influence on him as a designer.

Judges Choice: Tribute to Master by Stanley Wong

Judges Choice: ‘Tribute to Master’ by Stanley Wong

Local design company TGIF founded by Gary Tong also took home 12 awards. They impressed the judges with their design of the Amnesty International Hong Kong Annual Report 2014, which brought this young company a Gold award and a Hong Kong Best award in the Graphics category.

Gold Award: Amnesty International Report by TGIF

Gold Award: ‘Amnesty International Report’ by TGIF

To celebrate the anniversary of the awards programme, the first ever HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award was presented to Dr. Kan Tai-keung. Being hailed as The Godfather of Hong Kong Design, Dr. Kan Tai-keung has spent most of his life in the field of design. Not only does he contribute to the progress of design by constantly producing a body of design works, but he also pushes the industry forward by implementing business models to elevate the profession, and endeavours to promote design education.

Tony Lau, sub-committee chairman of HKDA Global Design Awards 2016, HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award Recipient Dr. Kan Tai-keung and David Lo, chairman of the Hong Kong Designers Association

Tony Lau, sub-committee chairman of HKDA Global Design Awards 2016, HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award Recipient Dr. Kan Tai-keung and David Lo, chairman of the Hong Kong Designers Association

A complete list of winners can be found here.

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