HKDI in the Spotlight

Kenneth Lee
Graduate of Higher Diploma in Product Design

After getting a Higher Diploma in Product Design at HKDI in 2008 and working for a few years, Kenneth pursuited a top-up degree at Birmingham City University. He found his true passion in design and won the reutable RSA Student Design Award in 2016. Being a great observer, Kenneth looks thoroughly into problems and does not make compromise when figuring out solutions. His award winning work “50/50” was inspired when he was observing his father handling farm produce with plastic bags. He found out plastic bags hinder the preservation of harvest and destroy the environment, and decided to design an environmental friendly replacement.

In the design process, he tried different materials and considered the pros and cons of each to identify the ideal option, which he eventually found to be areca leaves, which are durable, environmental friendly, good in absorbing moisture to keep produce fresh longer, and more importantly, cheap in cost and easy to find. His persistence and creativity led him to complete his design and won the award. It’s also his observation and devotion to provide perfect solution that brought him the recognition by judges.