Lead8 took part in a Design Trust Grant Workshop in Hong Kong this week hosted by PENCIL, a design research group founded by Cornell University Architecture alumni.
The PENCIL team was awarded a grant through the Design Trust, established by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design – a registered charity in Hong Kong, to undertake their research proposal ‘Illustrations and Dialogues on Hong Kong’s Retail Typologies’. Their bricks and mortar research analyses mall spaces as containers for public and civic life, uncovering activities beyond shopping and eating in Hong Kong’s malls. For three weeks, the team visited retail developments across the city, speaking with consumers and conducting analytical sketches and generative research.
As part of the workshop, the PENCIL team presented their findings and then opened the discussion to the group to gain further feedback and critique from industry professionals in Hong Kong. The workshop was attended by PENCIL, Lead8 and the Design Trust.
“Thank you to the PENCIL team for sharing with us this latest research on the Hong Kong’s retail sector. Retail is a constantly evolving industry, one which requires designers to stay at the forefront to be able to creatively respond to the changing needs and develop strategies for the future. Taking part in unique opportunities such as this workshop allows our team at Lead8 to do just that,” said Simon Chua, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead8.
Lead8 is committed to supporting and fostering the growth of creativity within the next generation. From creative research to design and development, Lead8 supports opportunities for young talent to develop thought-provoking ideas which have impact within the the world of design.