We’re well into 2012, the year marked as “Hong Kong Design Year” which consists of various design-related activities and promotions throughout the city, focusing on the theme “A City Driven By Design”.
“2012 Hong Kong Design Year (HKDY) is a year long programme of signature events and celebration activities to propel the development of Hong Kong as a creative city.” Much inline with our goals here at Design Museum Boston to bring design to public awareness, Hong Kong promotes design as a way to enhance the competitiveness of business and improving quality of life.
Coming June 25-29 is Knowledge of Design Week (KoDW), “with the theme ‘Designing Change,’ KoDW will highlight how design thinking can improve life while simultaneously creating new business opportunities". And next week, on Tuesday, May 8, Martin Sklar, International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering, speaking about “The Best Imagineering Advice” as part of the Master Talks Series, which occur once to twice a month.
HKDY isn't just for hard-core design enthusiasts. Earlier this year, I attended the World of WearableArt (WOW) show, which was 70 minutes of non-stop, spectacular visual and audio magnificence and inspiration.
The HKDY initiative is sponsored by CreateHK of the HKSAR Government and organized by the Hong Kong Design Centre, with the support of many others. All events aim to achieve four goals: Nurturing Talents, Creating Value, Bettering Life, and Celebrating Excellence.
If you find yourself in Hong Kong during 2012 – I encourage you to check out the local, regional, and international design-related activities as part of HKDY!