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    05 Dec 2018

    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living
    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living
    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living
    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living
    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living

    HKDI students named top three in eyewear design competition with innovative entries integrating smart living

    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* WONG Ka-yan (third from left), students CHAN Hiu-yee (second from left) and HO Mei-yan (first from left) win the top three prizes in the Student Group of the 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design WONG Hoi-shan (second from right) wins first runner-up prize and The Creativity Award in the Open Group.

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* WONG Ka-yan (third from left), students CHAN Hiu-yee (second from left) and HO Mei-yan (first from left) win the top three prizes in the Student Group of the 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design WONG Hoi-shan (second from right) wins first runner-up prize and The Creativity Award in the Open Group. (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* WONG Ka-yan (centre) is named champion in the Student Group with her entry entitled “Vary”, which allows the wearer to switch to lenses of different colours, accommodating their personal preferences of the day. 

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* WONG Ka-yan (centre) is named champion in the Student Group with her entry entitled “Vary”, which allows the wearer to switch to lenses of different colours, accommodating their personal preferences of the day. (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* CHAN Hiu-yee (centre) wins the first runner-up prize in the Student Group with her entry named “Rivet”, designed with a metallic and industrial vibe.

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* CHAN Hiu-yee (centre) wins the first runner-up prize in the Student Group with her entry named “Rivet”, designed with a metallic and industrial vibe. (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* HO Mei-yan (centre) wins the second runner-up prize in the Student Group with her entry named “To You”, inspired by the local wisdom of using tough and durable rushes to tie up foodstuffs. 

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* HO Mei-yan (centre) wins the second runner-up prize in the Student Group with her entry named “To You”, inspired by the local wisdom of using tough and durable rushes to tie up foodstuffs. (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design WONG Hoi-shan (centre) wins first runner-up prize and The Creativity Award in the Open Group. Putting a focus on the functional side of her eyewear design, she incorporates air filter cotton into the arms. 

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design WONG Hoi-shan (centre) wins first runner-up prize and The Creativity Award in the Open Group. Putting a focus on the functional side of her eyewear design, she incorporates air filter cotton into the arms. (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.)
    Students and graduates of the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), gave full play to their creativity in coming up with unique eyewear designs that won them the top three prizes in the Student Group of the 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition held recently – the third year in a row they have bagged the top spots. Separately one HKDI graduate was first runner-up and won The Creativity Award in the Open Group.

    The theme for this year’s competition was “Smart Living”, with entries from the Open Group and the Student Group competing for awards. Graduate of the HKDI Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* WONG Ka-yan was named champion in the Student Group. Ka-yan is hooked on traditional Chinese architecture, and her eyewear design by the name of “Vary”, integrating frame and arms, was inspired by the horizontal beams and engraved window frames in traditional architecture. The semi-round eyewear frame allows the wearer to switch between seven lens colours, accommodating the preference of many people today to mix and match different styles, and bringing out the best of both Chinese and western concepts. Ka-yan found the computer drawing techniques taught in HKDI useful as they helped present her out-of-the-box ideas graphically. She thanked her teachers for their dedication in nurturing her sense of accessory design, which has smoothed her career path since graduation. Currently working as a jewellery designer, Ka-yan has the dream of founding her own brand of jewellery and accessories.

    First runner-up in the Student Group was an entry named “Rivet” was student of the HKDI Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* CHAN Hiu-yee. Her eyewear design takes reference from industrial rivets and screws. The frame adopts the polygonal design of a screw nut, while the middle bridge and arms are fastened with easy-to-unscrew studs that allow the wearer to change accessories at ease, for a unique industrial design style.

    Second runner-up was another student of the HKDI Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design* HO Mei-yan, who named her work “To You”. Drawing inspiration from the local wisdom of using tough and durable rushes to tie up foodstuffs, her eyewear frame is made of woven metallic yarns and imitates the texture of rushes, gauze rope and hemp rope, symbolising an unobtrusive but chic lifestyle.

    HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Product Design WONG Hoi-shan won first runner-up prize and The Creativity Award in the Open Group. Entitled “The HEALING”, her work is born out of the serious air pollution of Hong Kong and the chronic nasal allergies it gives her. Putting a focus on the functional side of her eyewear, Hoi-shan uses air filter cotton inside the arms to help purify atmospheric gases. Her design has colourful drawings imprinted on the frame, while the whole piece can be unmounted and flipped to meet the needs of different wardrobes and occasions. Now a product designer in an optical firm, Hoi-shan likes to collect different types of eyewear, regarding them as fashionable accessories.

    The 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition was organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association to foster local creativity and innovation and enhance the level of eyewear design. The organiser received close to 100 quality entries this year competing for awards in various categories including “Originality & Creativity”, “Aesthetics”, “Practicality & Functionality” and “Marketability & Product Feasibility”. All award-winning and finalist entries were on display at the Hong Kong Optical Fair last month, showcasing Hong Kong’s creative force to international buyers.

    The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning, including foundation design, communication design and digital media, fashion and image design and architectural, interior and product design. With a view to providing professional designers for the creative industries, it promotes the “think and do” approach and encourages interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. Overseas exchanges are actively arranged for students to broaden their international perspective.

    Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

    *The programme name is currently known as Higher Diploma in Jewellery Design and Technology.

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