make happy those who are near and ...

Stumbled across a blog post with a headline "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy - renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul  and Will Hudson - founder of It's Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough - founder of Studio Morag. It's quoted "The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in." Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children's hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It's indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.

penguin's kama sutra

Penguin Classics has issued an ultra-collectible, super luxe version of the Kama Sutra, illustrated by Malika Favre. With no pictures throughout the book's pages, the intent was to create a sexy cover. The result is a red-hot interpretation of an ancient Hindu text. Available at Penguin Books. via Creative Review.

Malika was also commissioned by Wallpaper* to create a typeface, called Alphabunnies, for one of their issues.

the only game is fame

Whitespace launches a new edition of totebags in our series, "The Only..." The latest bags are inspired by the notion of celebrity with "The Only Game is Fame" and "The Only Freedom is Stardom". Made of thick black denim and screenprinted in white with a handy inside pocket, these totes are strong enough to carry all your stuff and can easily fit a laptop. As usual our totesbags are limited edition run of 100 per style, and are available through our website or at Kapok on Sun Street, G/F. 3, Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Pick up one for yourself or for your friends for Christmas! Show us your love!

positive posters

Positive Posters is an Australian-based non-profit organisation that aims to raise international awareness for global social issues, with a firm "belief in the unrivaled ability of designers to create impact, communicate and spark revolutions". This entry to Postive Posters was submitted to them by our Whitespace graphic designer Andrew Kwong who put a focus on world hunger. Stay tuned for details of this year's annual poster competition winning entry.

branding 1000 lakes

We all know Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. Designer Nicole Meyer has decided to create a logo for each of them on a website called Branding 10,000 Lakes. It's a bit more ambitious than blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's first cookbook, but we love the idea just the same. Meyer writes, "Lake logos have a tendency to be, well, fairly ugly. This project was created to rethink what they could be. One Minnesota Lake. One Logo. Every day. Should only take a little over 27 years to hit 'em all." Good luck and keep them coming!

google doodles

Google has been creatively and quietly making alternative logos for themselves for over a decade. Typically corporations follow strict brand guidelines, that define the use and limit modifications to preserve the integrity of the logo. Google, however chooses to re-imagine their mark with playful interpretations and doodles now numbering in the thousands. We love the way they find a way to celebrate different cultures, and be a truly global organization. Here are some of our favourites. Jun 24, 2011, Festa Junina - (Brazil)

Sep 12, 2011, Mid-Autumn Festival - (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Jun 21, 2011 First Day of Winter. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011.

Aug 17, 2011, Pierre de Fermat's 410th Birthday - (Global)

Jul 20, 2011, Gregor Mendel's 189th Birthday - (Global)

Jul 08, 2011, Jean de la Fontaine's 390th Birthday - (France)

Apr 12, 2011, 50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space - (Global)

Sep 01, 2011, First Day of School - (Selected Countries)

the night market

thenightmarket_01 Whitespace held our Christmas lunch at The Night Market — a newly opened and simply gorgeous Taiwanese restaurant in Central, Hong Kong that serves well-known street foods, home-style dishes and renowned Taiwanese drinks. It's a restaurant that personifies owner Allen Lin's experience of growing up in Taiwan as well as having travelled and lived around the world.

Taipei is known for it's food, and The Night Market took all of us there for a taste of the local street fare. The lunch sets came in bento-style boxes with lots of side dishes including egg, tofu and eggplant, and if there is one thing you must try it's the popular Three Cup Chicken, which was delicious.


Our team really loved the interiors, designed by Alexi Robinson (who was responsible for the design of Press Room Group's flagship restaurant, SML) and Michael Young, and especially appreciated and took note of the quirky branding, tableware and ceramic design done by Latitude Design Studio, founded by Jesse McLin and Julie Progin. "The branding needed to take the customers through the distinctive Taiwanese pop and food culture with a humorous and unexpected twist. We set the feel of the graphics in the logo, a peculiar silhouette of a food cart that conceals a highly detailed hand drawn twin, a playful take on the rich and eclectic personalities of the Taiwanese markets. From the menu to the bento boxes, all of the identity was hand rendered to reflect the honesty of the markets and the meticulous detailing in the graphics allows customers to uncover new facets of the brand at each visit."


We were thrilled to learn that the plates and bowl sets are available from a few places in town; directly from the designers: Latitude Design Studio, at BFelix (192A Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan) and also at Kapok (3 Sun Street, Wan Chai) The Night Market, 11 Stanley Street, 6th & 7th Floor, Central, Hong Kong Monday – Friday 11:30am to 3pm, 6:30 to 11pm, Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm and closed Sundays.

fake china


We met Swedish designer Nille Svensson at last year's Icograda conference in Beijing, and was so excited. Not only is a thoughtful speaker and clever graphic designer, it was interesting to see his attention being turned to products - especially one that we are familiar with in this part of the world. Fake China is the result. By exploring and reversing the notion that China is where all the fakes are produced, he goes back to a time when the West was doing the forgery - giving rise to the theme of Orientalism in art.

In producing these classic blue-and-white China plates with a twist, he writes "It is a healthy reminder of how cultural influenses and values shift and change over time. Not only geographically, but economically and demographically, the general presumption that the Western world is where things are designed and originated, whilst the East is where they get produced and copied will not prevail forever." More information on where to see it and how to buy it over at www.fake-china.com

let's get lost

letsgetlost ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is a special collaborative art book by Whitespace and photographer Dan Pak and featuring Ana R. To celebrate the publication of this exclusive book and exhibition, a launch event will be held at Whitespace this Friday December 10th followed by the 5th anniversary celebration of the studio.

This project began as a dialogue in 2009 about a shared vision that goes beyond their everyday roles as photographer and a creative studio. Featuring images of Ana R, the result is a striking book that showcases the unique talent and versatility of both creatives that goes beyond the scope of their daily practice and client projects. Whitespace, who celebrates their 5th year anniversary on the same date, will publish a collaborative art book every year with a photographer. ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is the first in an original series by Whitespace.

Two parallel stories take place in ‘Let’s Get Lost.’ A photographic one that follows the story of a girl, Ana R., through moments of solitude as she makes her way through a journey that explores the intrinsic need for a deeper human connection in Hong Kong — a city that is constantly busy yet so often detached. The other is a story constructed from graphic lines and shapes that float beneath the surface of every page in a French-fold book created by Whitespace. The rhythm of the photographic images on each page is echoed in a series of chaotic yet carefully balanced forms.

Together, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ tells a story of loneliness and isolation in a city where the feeling of drifting is often unrecognized and overlooked due to the constant barrage of human contact. In a city like Hong Kong, one is seemingly never alone. It's about being a stranger in a strange place, but also about finding meaningful connections and a space of one’s own, whether real or imaginary, free or confined.

Let's Get Lost exhibition and book launch on Friday December 10th, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm for press and invited guests. Whitespace 5th Anniversary and after-party from 8pm to 11pm by invite only.

barnbrook's biennale

Not sure how we missed this but Jonathan Barnbrook took an interesting typographic approach to the 17th Sydney Biennale graphics, incorporating much of his personal style. Apart from designing the identity, Barnbook was also one of the featured artists and his satirical posters and parodies of signs that poke fun at the art world experience, are now available as prints for sale. via YellowTrace syndey_barnbrook

f scott fitzgerald

The enormously talented Coralie Bickford-Smith over at Penguin Books has just produced these lovely art-deco inspired book jackets for F Scott Fitzgerald's novels to commemorate the 70th annivesary of his death in 1940. To be released on November 4, the titles in the series include The Beautiful and Damned, Flapper and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald,The Last Tycoon, Tender is the Night, and This Side of Paradise and most famously, The Great Gatsby. via Creative Review. fitzgerald_0



show us your type berlin

Show Us Your Type has released their Berlin edition! We are pleased to announce that Whitespace will be working with this collective on their next location — Hong Kong! Become their fan on Facebook and watch this space for more details. berlin

burkhardthauke (Ralph Burkhardt & Daniel Hauke) / Stuttgart


Mihalis Arkopoulos / Athens