Information Design Lab

School of DesignHong Kong Polytechnic University


Brian Kwok Leader

Brian Kwok is an Associate Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He leads the BA (Hons) in Communication Design programme and the Information Design Lab. Brian’s research focuses on information design, user-centered design and visual culture. His recent projects involve public health communication and local visual culture. In 2020, he published his third monograph on vernacular Chinese lettering, 《字型城市 —— 香港造字匠》(City of Scripts – The Craftsmanship of Vernacular lettering in Hong Kong) after his second monograph on local neon sign visual culture, titled《霓虹黯色——香港街道視覺文化記錄》 ( Fading of Hong Kong neon lights – The archive of Hong Kong visual culture) in 2018. Besides his archival project on Hong Kong neon signs, Illuminating Neon, was exhibited in Hong Kong and Japan respectively. Brian received his formal training in Visual Communication Design in USA after which he worked in various multimedia design firms and advertising agencies such as Yahoo! Ltd., Centro Digital Pictures Ltd., New World Telecommunications Ltd., OgilvyOne Interactive Hong Kong, BBDO Advertising Agency and Radio Television Hong Kong. He holds an MA in Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an MA in Visual Culture Studies and MPhil in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently pursuing his PhD study at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK.

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Clive Ng Project Associate

Clive Ng is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he gained a BA in Visual Communication at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, (1998) and MA Communication Design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (2000), PGDE at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (2003) and became an Instructor of the Higher Education Academy in 2002. He was a web designer and freelancer for broadcasting company such as Commercial Radio Hong Kong and Star TV. He joined The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in 2002 as Instructor before joining the School of Design (SD) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In addition to teaching, he was the Member of HKCEE and HKAL Visual Arts paper Moderation Committee, Member of Recognition of Prior Learning Committee (Printing Industry) and currently Visual Arts and Film & Media Arts Examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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Kiki Yau Research Assistant

Kiki is a BA graduate of Communication Design programme at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is interested in information design, typography and publication design. Her BA final year project studied the design and use of printed city maps as against the popularisation of digital maps in diversifying the image of the city and user's experience in city-exploring. Her recent works center in data visualisation and inforgaphics. Currently, she focuses on the research and archival of Hong Kong neon signs and hand-painted artworks. She also explores the variety of information design in Hong Kong, and its relation to local culture.

Lorraine Ho Project-based Assistant

Lorraine Ho is a Project-based Assistant at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has a keen interest in the areas of information design, language, local visual culture and illustration. Her past projects focused on exploring themes of empathy and human connection through dialogue, text and experimental images. Lorraine is currently working on an illustration series centred around food culture, specifically the emotional relationships between people, cooking and eating. She is also involved in multiple cultural projects in Hong Kong. Lorraine holds a BA in Communication Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.