On the occasion of the upcoming Design Ambassadors' Ball, we had a little chat with Adonian Chan - a designer and co-owner of Trilingua, and this year's Ball's co-Creative Director with Andre Fu.
Trilingua is a design studio based in Hong Kong, established in 2010 by Adonian Chan and Chris Tsui Sau Yi with the ambition of redefining Hong Kong's visual culture. Catering to not only commercial but also cultural/art groups, Trilingua design provides multi-disciplinary design services which includes branding, visual identity, environmental graphic, publication design and multimedia design. Their design style is much inspired from language, varying from the difference of cultural background and geographic region.
Keep reading to find out more about what we spoke about!
I studied a year of photography after graduated from high school, It was then I encountered a series of black and white Japanese poster that used only kanji. I was dazzled that the everyday written language we used could generate such simple yet powerful imagery.
We emphasize a lot in Chinese typography, in most projects we insist in drawing our own letterings. Aside from commissioned design projects, we also do typography related installations. Whereas we begun the self initiated type design and research project "Hong Kong Bakngai Zansyu" in 2011.
"Zài" by Adonian Chan. Image Courtesy of Design Trust.
Chinese letters are extremely intricated and profound, however in contemporary Hong Kong graphic design, Chinese letters are often disregarded as cheesy and obsolete. This is due to the difficulty for Chinese type foundry to produce new fonts (due to the immense glyph set) , as well as the lack of systematic education of Chinese typography in design institutions. We hope through research and practice, we could revive the aesthetic of Chinese typography.
The unique cityscape of Hong Kong is the sole reason that inspired me to begin the "Hong Kong Bakngai Zansyu” type design and research project - a project aims to revive and redesign Hong Kong’s unique Bakngai Zansyu signage lettering.
Japan’s design scene is without doubt the most vibrant and influential in Asia. This acheivement is a sedulous process of transforming their tradition into modern context. I guess this is the most important element for a country/region to deepen its heritage.
My project "Hong Kong Bakngai Zansyu” is awarded by Design Trust’s seed grant. Research is crucial to enforce the foundation of a design, this funding scheme gave substantial support to Hong Kong design development.
The 10th Anniversary Ambassadors' Ball is happening on Saturday, 14 October 2017. Preview the lots going up for auction, including Adonian Chan's, here.
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