Design Talk – The Way a Book Speaks


12 May 2018 (Saturday)


3:00pm – 5:00pm

Asia/Hong_Kong Design Talk – The Way a Book Speaks DATE: 12 May 2018 (Saturday)
TIME: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
HUB (S710-711), 7/f, Staunton

HUB (S710-711), 7/f, Staunton

Fee (HKD)

Free of charge



(Full house. Thanks You!)

When we talk about reading, we will inevitably think of the text. In fact, books communicate with readers in different “languages”, be it cover, type, layout, binding, materials, printing… The dialogue begins before we open the book.

Every detail counts towards a holistic reading experience. In this talk, two book designers Chan Hei-shing and Mak Kai-hang will share insights on “The Way a Book Speaks”:

Hei Shing will talk about “the body of the book” in terms of structure, materials and layout;
Mak will speak about typography, layout, bunkobon (pocket-sized paperbacks in Japan), letterpress printing, and also his works.

As we are talking about paper books, of course we have to hold them in our hands to feel them. The two designers will bring their collection of books to the event. We hope you will join us and bring along yours so that we can enjoy a variety of book designs from each other.

Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
Register here to save your seat: FULL HOUSE

About the Speakers

- Chan Hei-shing | Book Designer | Book Artist | Visiting Lecturer@PolyU

In 2006, he graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a First Class Honours Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication Design. In the same year, he won the YIC Young Design Talent Award and got a scholarship for studying abroad. He furthered his studies in London and
graduated from MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, with Distinction in 2008.

Hei Shing has gained international recognition by receiving several international and local design awards and exhibited his works internationally including London, Berlin, Brussels, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Since 2015, he has been a visiting lecturer teaching BA (Hons) in Communication Design at School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2016, Hei Shing set up his design studio “Hei Shing Book Design” in Hong Kong, specialized in book and publication design.

- Mak Kai-hang | Graphic Designer

Born in Hong Kong, 1993. Particularly engaged in book and type design.
He graduated from HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in 2012.
After working at the design studio Trilingua Design He joined Joint Publishing as Book Designer.

His work have been selected by Ingenuity Follows Nature Poster Designer Exhibition and exhibited in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
During this period he had achieved works, designed books for Celebrity such as Agnes Meiling, Kaneko Chan, Cheuk Wan Chi, Chet Lam etc.

Recently, he also started his Experimental Type design Project: Mechanical Mincho.

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