Interview #80

Book Corner: “香港遺美——香港老店記錄” by 林曉敏 and Hong Kong Reminiscence

Hei Shing Book Design

Written and Images by Hei Shing Book Design
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

Hei Shing Book Design: The old beauty is not just about vintage, it’s the art of sublime. Capture the moment with camera and wordings to memorize the history.

Hiuman works at Museum, she is concern about the local history and culture. This is the reason why she visited 25 old shops in Hing Kong to record the stories from the elder craftsman, capture their life journey. Huiman collected all the interviews inside her book, wish can share the old beauty of Hong Kong to her readers.


Author: 林曉敏 Hong Kong Reminiscence


The cover design of this book combined 2 vintage elements with 3 layers, a pattern iron gate and floor brick. For the 1st layer, the floor brick patterns followed their unique color and transform as a small square on the cover. For the 2nd layer, the designer used an old street photo with many graffiti and paintings to showcase the traces of time. The pattern iron gate appeared in the last layer by using a grey art paper with the laser cut design to make it transparent. The subtitle “The Record of Hong Kong Old Shops” is using a special font types from the period of movable type printing to match with the vintage beauty of this book.

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