HKDI in the Spotlight

Master Lecture Series

Sharing ideas and expertise in the design world

There is no greater inspiration for a design student than hearing a true master of the profession talking and interacting live about their work. The HKDI regularly invites art and design experts from many different backgrounds around the world to share their inspiration, experience, perspectives and cultural insights.

  Alan J. Plattus
Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture
railblazing: New Paradigms of Urban Design and the Work of the Yale Urban Design Workshop
28 May 2015
  Ma Ke
Chinese Fashion Designer
A Dialogue with the Master of Sustainable Art, Ma Ke – From “Wuyong” to Value of Life
31 Mar 2015
  Anthony Dunne
Pioneers in Critical Design
Not Here, Not Now – Introduction to Critical Design
24 Mar 2015
  Fiona Raby
Pioneers in Critical Design
Not Here, Not Now – Introduction to Critical Design
24 Mar 2015
  Mr Dai Fujiwara
Japanese Fashion Designer
The Paper of the Future on Earth
23 Mar 2015
  Peter Slavenburg
Dutch Exhibition Designer
A Changing World
17 Mar 2015
  Beatrix Ong
London-based Designer
Beatrix Ong
11 Mar 2015
  Alex Li
US-based Camera and Staging Artist
The Art of Camera & Staging
9 Mar 2015
  Stella Tang
HK Visual Artist
City People On the Move
9 Mar 2015
  Andreas Müller-Pohle
German Artist and Publisher
CArt & Publishing – A Conversation between Andreas Müller-Pohle and Tse Ming Chong
6 Mar 2015
  Samuel Wilkinson
UK Product Designer
Context, Character & Process
13 Feb 2015
  Chris Hardie
British Architect
Urban Development – Architecture as Generator for Liveable Cities
27 Jan 2015
  Nozomu Okada
Japanese Product Designer
The Core of Design
27 Jan 2015
  Belinda Tato
Spanish Architect
Ecosistema Urbano Architects #networkedurbanism
26 Jan 2015
  Jose Luis Vallejo
Spanish Architect
Ecosistema Urbano Architects #networkedurbanism
26 Jan 2015
  Jens Soth
Swiss Agricultural Scientist and Environmental Engineer
Environmental and Social Concern of Fashion & Textile Industry
21 Jan 2015
  Vladan Nikolic
New York based Film Director and Professor
Transmedia and Independent Filmmaking
19 Jan 2015
  Shun Kawakami
Japanese Graphic Designer
Between Art and Design
16 Jan 2015
  Dr Beth Legg
Scottish Jewellery Maker
Contemporary Jewellery Making: The Materiality of Place
12 Jan 2015
  Roger Olmos
Spanish Illustrator
Illustration Transformation
5 Jan 2015
  Dr Anne Balsamo
Dean of School of Media Studies & Prof of Media Studies, The New School, New York
Designing Culture
18 Nov 2014
  Francesco Sani
Freelancer, Architecture, InteriorDdesign, Product Design and Communication
30 Oct 2014
  Katarina Brieditis
Swedish designers
Contemporary rug design by Studio Brieditis & Evans: Sweden
24 Oct 2014
  Katarina Evans
Swedish designers
Contemporary rug design by Studio Brieditis & Evans: Sweden
24 Oct 2014
  Chan Koon Chung
Writer, Founder of Green Power
Kungfu, Techne and the Future of Work
14 Oct 2014
  Maxime Szyf
Director of MAXIMALdesign
Why do People Cry at the Opera?
Designing your brand across different touchpoints
25 Feb 2014
  Mark Coulier
Oscar winner for Best Make-up
Prosthetic makeup expert

The Magic of Makeup – from Harry Potter to Hollywood
20 Jan 2014
  Vladan Nikolic
Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School (New York)
Defining Transmedia
8 Jan 2014
  Christophe Lemaître
Renowned French Artist Jeweller
28 Nov 2013
  Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Director of the Yale University Graduate Program in Graphic Design
Prompts & Problems: An Outsider Chats about Design Pedagogy and Practice
22 Oct 2013
  Ruby Yang
American filmmaker
Design My Career: My Film, My Dream
23 May 2013
  Keith Lam
Artistic Director, Dimension+<
When Curator/Artist Meets Artist/Curator
12 Apr 2013
  Frank Yu
Design Principal of Gravity Partnership Limited
Gravity Ten Years
25 Mar 2013
  Rosan Bosch
Founder and CEO of the Danish based design agency Rosan Bosch Studio
New Meeting Places Across the Disciplines
18 Mar 2013
  Boris Berlin
Denmark Designer
25 Years of Design Dialogue, Lost Control
11-12 Dec 2012
  Anne Merete Ohrt
An art historian, artist, curator, musician, and Professor
The DNA in Danish Fashion Design
31 Oct 2012
  Emanuele Quinz
An art historian, artist, curator, musician, and Professor
Dutch Creative Culture
27 Sep 2012
  Luca Marchetti
A branding & communication consultant, curator and professor
Dutch Creative Culture
27 Sep 2012
  Christopher Le Brun
The 26th President of the Royal Academy of Arts
In Conversation with Christopher Le Brun on Creativity & Inspiration
17 Jun 2012
  Taweesak Molsawat
Thai Contemporary Jewelry Designer
This is Thailand - Thailand from 2006-present
15 Jun 2012
  Nicholas Voeikoff-Erens
Redesign Painting, Painting as never before
1, 4-7 Jun 2012
  Alan Chan (陳幼堅)
Designer, Brand Consultant and Artist
Chinese Culture Sustainability and Transformation
24 May 2012, 14:00 - 18:00
  Paul Flowers
Senior Vice President of Design

From Like to Love
10 May 2012, 14:30 - 16:30
  Stefano Marchetti
Artist of Contemporary Jewellery
Award winner of the Best Young Italian
Marzee Prize in Galerie Marzee (2010)

Jewellery between Art, Craft and Body
29 March 2012
Applied Artist, Jewellery Designer, Creative Director
How will you brighten the future?
6 February 2012
  Jurgen Bey
Founder and Designer
Studio Makkink & Bey, The Netherlands
Selected Recent Work
10 January 2012
  Casey Caplowe
Co-founder + Chief Creative Officer
9 Designing GOOD
January 2012
  Franz Bette
Product designer of gold and silversmith
Teacher of jewelry design and making
Jewelry Design
21 December 2011
  Christiane Lange
Street Arts - Urban Semitotics
October 2011
  Patricia Moore
International Designer
Livable Cities Initiative and intergenerational Designs in US
September 2011
  Eames Demetrios
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
September 2011
  Don Chadwick
The Making of Aeron
September 2011
  Carl Silvester
Professor, Loughborough University
An Insight into Foundation Studies in the UK
September 2011
  Miaosen Gong
PhD. Associate Professor, School of Design, Jiangnan University
Sustainable Future
September 2011
  Fumikazu Masuda
Professor, Tokyo Zokei University
Sustainable Materials
September 2011
  Ezio Manzini
Professor, Milan Polytechnic
Strategic Design for Sustainability
September 2011
  Sophie Thomas
Founding Director, thomas.matthews
Designing Eco Design Education Curriculum - the UK Experience in the Last Decade
September 2011
  Fumikaza Masuda
Professor, Tokyo Zokei University
Design for Better Societies - From Sustainability to Resilience
August 2011
  Tobias Gremmler
red dot design award 2011 winner
Design for Dynamic Media
7 April 2011, 15:30 - 17:30
  Cecile Tu
Founder and Designer of Cecile Tu Contemporary Jewellery
Contemporary Jewellery: Development Impossible in Asia?
4 April 2011, 16:30 - 18:00
  Eric Riewer
International Relations Manager of GOBELINS of l'ecole de l'image, France
Cultural Connections: Innovation as Core of Design
17 February 2011, 17:30 - 19:30
  Ole Victor
Associate Professor of the School of Design of Linnaeus University
Glass Design and Swedish Glass
10 March 2011, 14:30 - 15:30
  Fram Kitagawa
General Director of Art Setouchi 2010; Founder and General Director of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial
Art in Expanded Fields: Setouchi and Echigo Tsunmari Art Festivals
28 February 2011, 10:00 - 12:00
  Satyendra Pakhale
International Industrial Designer
Cultural Connections: Innovation as Core of Design
17 February 2011, 17:30 - 19:30
  Peter Zec
President of the red dot GmbH & Co. KG.
Design Value: A Strategy for Business Success
14 February 2011, 14:00 - 16:00
  Paula Dib
Award-winning Social Designer
Design as a tool for local transformation
20 January 2011, 10:00 - 12:00
  Patricia Moore
International Designer
Disguised: A True Design Story
17 January 2011, 10:00 - 12:00
  Charles Kaisin
Art Director of Val Saint Lambert
Creative Process in Design
14 January 2011, 17:30 - 19:30
  Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Head of the Graduate Program in Graphic Design at Yale University
A Few Sources of Creative Thinking
7 December 2010, 14:00 - 16:00
  Torimaru Tomoko
Scholar in Miao Textile Design
One Needle, One Thread: Miao Embroidery and Fabric Piece Work from Guizhou, China
6 December 2010, 9:30 - 11:30
  Ronald Kemnitzer
Chair & Professor of the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech
Annual USA Design Trends adn Total Human Factors
29 November 2010, 17:00 - 18:30
  Helmut Langer
Former President of ICOGRADA
Global Challenge for Sustainable Design
26 March 2010, 15:00 - 17:00