DFA Awards 2020 has announced its recipients for the year of 2020, recognizing design trendsetters, design projects and local young designers. In particular, one of the individual awards, namely DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer (DFA WOCD), has been awarded to Stanley Wong (anothermountainman).
The DFA WOCD honours Chinese designers who have made outstanding design achievements and won international recognition for their work. The winner, Stanley Wong, is responsible for creating numerous impressive communication designs drawing on Hong Kong culture, and is devoted to promoting design through educational, institutional and social involvement. He is a well-respected member of the international graphic design community and undoubtedly an important role model for young designers in Hong Kong and overseas alike.
黃炳培，又名又一山人，是香港土生土長的視覺溝通創作人。他的創作傳達着香港獨有的文化特色，反映出其對香港的感情。黃氏1980年畢業於香港工商師範學院（現為香港教育大學）設計應用系。從事平面設計工作五年後，投身廣告創作行列，邁向他成為著名視覺創作人之路。1996年，他加入英國Bartle Bogle Hegarty（亞太區）廣告公司為亞太區創作總監，為歷來首位華人受聘此職位。回港後，於2002年，與合夥人成立三二一聲畫製作有限公司，又於2007年成立八萬四千溝通事務所。
Stanley WONG, better known as anothermountainman, is a homegrown visual communicator in Hong Kong. His art works always convey a sense of Hong Kong’s culture. Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Technical Teachers’ College (now The Education University of Hong Kong) in 1980, majoring in design and technology. Wong worked as a graphic designer for five years before beginning a rewarding advertising career. In 1996, he became the first Chinese person to take up the position of Asia regional creative director at Bartle Bogle Hegarty (Asia Pacific). After returning to Hong Kong, he eventually set up Threetwoone Film Production Limited with a partner and established 84000 Communications in 2002 and 2007 respectively.
Wong was inducted as a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2004 and was honoured to sit on the AGI international executive committee for four years from 2007. In 2005, he caught the world’s attention at the 51st Venice Biennale, where he represented Hong Kong and presented his ‘redwhiteblue’ series. Since 2000, Wong has been an active contributor to creative education, conducting numerous talks and workshops in various local and overseas institutes. Throughout his career, Wong has won over 600 awards in graphic design, advertising and fine art at home and abroad, including D&AD yellow pencil, Tokyo TDC award / TDC Prize, and 2 One Show gold awards. In 2012, he won awards at both the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards and the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2011, where he took the Award for Best Artist (Visual Arts).
Wong’s all-rounded artistic and creative prowess makes him a unique presence in the world of designers. Effortlessly juggling between his passions for graphic design, advertising works, photography works and so on, his artistic talents are extremely versatile. Within him there is also a strong sense of responsibility that pushes him to seek meaning in his work and advocate for a balance between commercialism and social development.
關於DFA設計獎 About DFA Awards
Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) with Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government as the lead sponsor, the DFA Awards aims to reinforcing the importance of designers within society. The awards also celebrates design leadership as well as exemplary designs and projects with Asia perspectives towards the globe, and since 2005 it has recognised the rising force of emerging Hong Kong designers.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Professor Eric C. Yim, JP, Chairman of the HKDC, said, “This year, we have found ourselves in a world facing global challenges that demand a unified global response. We at the Hong Kong Design Centre believe that design can provide a way of helping the world to navigate through the storms and better adapt to the new normal. This year’s awardees are all influencers in the design community. They have innovated to create humane designs that are able to solve problems, enhance our lives, connect our communities and sustain our cultures.”
Photos courtesy to the artist and Hong Kong Design Centre