"Civil Poster" by Mr. Ng Kai-ho (above) wins three awards


伍啟豪先生(上)的作品《公民海報》共奪得三個獎項

"Zao Zi" also wins an award in the same competition


於同一比賽獲獎的作品《造字》

The book “Catalogue of Parallel Vision: Japan and Korea Contemporary Photography Exhibition"


圖錄作品《平行視野:日本韓國當代攝影》

Date: 23 Apr 2014 (Wednesday)

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Three creative designs by Visual Arts alumnus win five awards

視覺藝術院校友三項作品奪得五個設計獎項

Three distinctive book and poster designs by Visual Arts alumnus Mr Ng Kai-ho won five awards in two design competitions.  

At the Global Design Awards 2013 held by the Hong Kong Designers Association recently, Mr Ng’s work Civil Poster won the Gold Award in the Poster (Thematic) category, The Judges’ Choice (Graphic) award and the Hong Kong Best (Graphic) award. Another work entitled Zao Zi won an Excellent (Book Design) award in the same competition. In addition, a book entitled Catalogue of Parallel Vision: Japan and Korea Contemporary Photography Exhibition designed by Mr Ng won the Best Book Design at a book design competition jointly organised by Eslite and City Magazine.  

Discussing the concept behind Civil Poster, Mr Ng said: “Political banners scattered around public spaces are normally produced to enable legislative councillors or political parties to build up their image, showcase their political stance and achievements. Unfortunately many of the posters are defaced or even damaged intentionally, changing their original function in the city. Each scratch reflects people’s voices. The posters became interactive objects jointly owned by people in society.”  

Miss Naomi Hirabayashi, one of the judges of the graphic design category in the competition, said: “In international design competitions, overseas judges often find it hard to assess many entries for cultural reasons. However, election posters defaced with graffiti and stickers are a common sight in any city and as such this clever work catches the eye and makes an impression on the viewer.”  

Zao Zi was published by local literature magazine Fleurs des Lettres. It contains a series of typographical work, based on selected poems, created by 12 designers in Asia. Mr. Ng said: “I hope the audience experiences the entire poetic concept behind the typographical works while reading the book. Before I started the project, the editorial team and I visited different libraries and second-hand bookstores. We found historical material from old newspaper columns and original works of fiction, including the covers of novels and graphic inserts. These old materials were reproduced as inserts printed on paper which is totally different from the paper used in the rest of the book Zao Zi. The use of different paper textures aims to envelop the reader in the historical poetic atmosphere.”  

Mr. Ng designed the book Catalogue of Parallel Vision: Japan and Korea Contemporary Photography Exhibition based on the exhibition of the same title jointly organised by the Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2012 and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Mr. Ng’s work was selected from among 32 nominated books after two rounds of assessment. Commenting on the work, one of the judges said, “I could feel the melody created by the combination of the text and graphics while reading … This book stands out from other photography books in the way that it varies in rhythm so that you won’t get bored.”

視覺藝術院校友伍啟豪先生最近憑著三項優秀的書本及海報設計,在兩個設計比賽中共奪得五個獎項。  

在最近舉行的「香港設計師協會環球設計大獎2013」中,伍先生的作品《公民海報》分別奪得「海報專題金獎評審獎平面組)」及「香港最佳設計獎平面組)」,而另一份作品《造字》則獲頒發「優異獎(書籍設計)」。另外,他的圖錄作品《平行視野:日本韓國當代攝影》於「號外X誠品——最佳書籍設計評選」中獲選「最佳書籍設計」。

伍先生提到《公民海報》的創作意念時說﹕「政治橫額本是議員或政黨為建立形象、展示立場和宣揚政績而鋪天蓋地掛滿街頭,不少卻落得被割破毀壞的下場。它們被掛在公共空間開始,功用早已不再純粹,它們的每道傷痕均透露了市民的心聲,是一幅幅由社會共同擁有,並與社會互動的公民海報。  

的平面設計評審委員之一平林奈緒美小姐說﹕「於國際設計比賽中,很多作品因為文化理由,令海外評審難以評價,然而被塗鴉和貼紙毀壞的選舉海報,卻是任何城市的日常景象,因此這聰明的作品吸引了大家的目光。」  

《造字》由文學雜誌《字花》出版,收錄12位亞太區名師按特選詩句而作的字體設計。伍先生談到《造字》設計概念時說﹕「我認為讀者需要了解原詩的歷史,才能更立體地欣賞書中的字體作品。設計前,我和編輯團隊走訪了多個圖書館及二手書攤,找來不少來自舊報章專欄或原著小說的一手史料,例如原著封面、內文插圖等等。我們仿製了這些史料做成插頁,並利用了與內文紙質截然不同的小說紙來印刷,藉此令讀者感受到當時的創作背景及氣氛。  

《平行視野:日本韓國當代攝影》書是伍先生根據2012年香港國際攝影節與香港藝術中心合辦的同名展覽結集而成的書籍。該作品是從32本獲提名的書籍中經過兩輪評選選出的。評審對作品有以下評語﹕「翻書時可以感受到文字和圖片如何唱出旋律……它不像一般攝影書籍那樣保持一種節奏不會讓讀者感到沉悶。」