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By Cathy

Fonny Lau

On 06, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

A six-years-old girl went window shopping with her mom and spotted an expensive toy sewing machine. She proclaimed that she had to have it in order to learn how to sew. After quite some negotiations, she ended up with the real thing. Her mom taught her how to use the sewing machine at home. For the next couple of years, the little girl was so busy sketching and sewing outfits for her lovely doll Jenny, recycling a wine crate into a wardrobe and bending miniature wire hangers to display her collections. Eventually she did not become a fashion designer, but her desire to create never subsided.

My passion for putting my creativity into practice can be traced back to the above childhood episode of mine. I am now a graphic designer, thanks to a high-school teacher who introduced poster design to me. I was instantly captivated by this fascinating art form and later on decided to study graphic communication in college.

My first job was working for the Hong Kong Museum of Art to design exhibitions and printed matters including posters, catalogues and leaflets. This set the footing for my lifelong relationship with the art and culture community. Under various projects with art or performance groups, I am promoting something that I believe in or am fond of, which naturally makes my job very pleasurable. It is a privilege to have the chance to work with curators, visual artists, directors, composers, choreographers and musicians. Through working with these groups, I indulge myself with inspiring people and learn so much along the way. Milton Glaser once said that you can only work for people you like, and in my case that is so true.

“Good art inspires; Good design motivates.” Otl Aicher.

Today my jobs are still focusing largely on projects related to art and culture in non-commercial sector as this is where my passion lies. I believe when work itself becomes enjoyable, the results are bound to be extraordinary.


Ms. Lau graduated from the MVA (Experience Design) in summer 2013.