Cumulus Hong Kong




Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 Open Design for E-very-thing
– exploring new design purposes


The theme of Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is ‘Open Design for E-very-thing’ and will be hosted by Hong Kong Design Institute, a member of Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong. Ever since designers have reflected on their roles and focus on more ‘social’ aspect of their practices and potential, design suddenly are tackling everything, from climate change to global poverty, from redistributing resources to business strategy. It does not mean that designers are running everything in the society, but it is really wide open now for the roles design can play in the society. Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 seeks to explore this openness of design, namely the opening up of design process and design for openness.

The concept of Open Design could be traced back to the open-source software movement, but is implemented for the development of physical products rather than software. The term first appeared at the end of the last century with the founding of the non-profit Open Design Foundation (ODF). The goal of Open Design Practice is to democratising design process for radical changes. The movement advocates that design can play a part on many different levels in a democracy. These ways of democratising design start to acknowledge the importance of releasing citizens’ creativity.

Six tracks:
  1. Open Design for Empathy
  2. Open Design for Ethnography
  3. Open Design for Experiment
  4. Open Design for Environment
  5. Open Design for Education
  6. Open Design for Engagement

Learn more about the logo design
The logo of Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is designed by Lau Ka Kiu, a student in Visual Communication at Hong Kong Design Institute. Inspired by the traditional building craft of bamboo scaffolding, the logo symbolises the ever-changing environment in Hong Kong with rapid and prosperous development while traditional designs are preserved in unexpectedly diversified ways. The bamboo scaffolding for construction is uniquely Hong Kong as new skyscrapers are still made possible with this special skill set.

We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of students who had participated in designing the conference logo.
  • Ng Wing Ki Vicky
  • Lee Man Sze, Chu Sau Yee
  • Chow Chun Yan, Hung Suet Man
  • Chan Hoi Lee, Tam Wing Yu
  • Yeung Ho Fung Marco, Cheng King Hei


About Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
As a leading design education provider in the region, HKDI is committed to offering excellent learning opportunities to keep pace with the growing demand of the creative industries.

The state-of-the-art HKDI campus at Tseung Kwan O is an international award-winning architecture, designed to encourage a dynamic flow of people and ideas, and equipped with the latest learning facilities and exhibition spaces, to enhance the creative learning experience at HKDI. Our comprehensive design programmes encourage active participation and nurture our students’ creative thinking, cultural sensitivity and global perspective. Active collaborations with industry provide our students with first-hand knowledge of the latest industry trends. www.hkdi.edu.hk


About Cumulus
International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus) is a non-profit organisation and network for institutions of art, design and media. It is the only global forum for partnership, friendship and sharing knowledge aimed at enhancing the education and research of art, design and media. The members are prominent institutions numbering 211 from over 48 countries around the world providing degree studies for 300 000 students.
  • Creative Linking
    Cumulus provides its members a wide, dynamic and flexible international context for dialogue and innovation. It offers advice, assistance and information enhancing exchange and mobility of students and teachers. The goal is to expand our networks and increase sharing of know-how and best practices among academics, professionals and other stakeholders under the umbrella of Cumulus. Cumulus inspires its members to strive towards a more sustainable, human-centered and creative future.
  • Dialogue with Global Academic and Professional Institutions
    Cumulus is actively seeking dialogue opportunities with academic and professional institutions, NGOs, governmental institutions, etc. Cumulus aims at bringing issues of design education and research on the agenda, influencing policy making, creating platforms of collaboration and support the developments in the field. Over the years Cumulus has formed partnerships and dialogues with AIGA, ADR Russia, BEDA, DESIS, DINZ, DSR, EESC EU, EIDD, ELIA, IASDR, ICOGRADA, IF, ICSID, INDEX, IxDA, NASAD, OHIM EU, OTTAGONO, PROARTE, UNICEF, among others. Cumulus is endorsed by UNESCO.