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The School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the local organiser of this year’s ATypI conference. The conference is co-organised by the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and enthusiastically supported by a number of local institutions.


Association Typographique Internationale
School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Supporting organisations

Hong Kong Design Centre
Hong Kong Community College
Hong Kong Design Institute
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
City University of Hong Kong
Information Design Lab, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

About the School of Design
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

PolyU has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong since 1964. Providing design education from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, the School is poised to play a leading role in nurturing new generations of designers and driving design innovation in the region. PolyU Design is ranked as one of the top design schools in the world by BusinessWeek.

To further drive the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia, and provide additional space to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration, a new complex named Innovation Tower will be built on campus. The Innovation Tower will be the first permanent architectural work in Hong Kong of Ms Zaha Hadid, one of the most influential figures in the world of contemporary architecture.

PolyU Design’s specialisms include advertising, environment and interior design, product design, communication design, interaction design and digital media.  Programs are offered at higher diploma, bachelor, master, and PhD levels. Its Master of Design (Design Strategies) program was rated by the BusinessWeek among the world’s best design thinking programs.

Famous designers who graduated from PolyU Design include Raman Hui (animation), Freeman Lau (branding and visual art), Vivienne Tam (fashion), Anthony Lo (automotive), Yip Kam-tim (film), Dennis Chan (jewelry), among others.

Established in 2012, the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (JCDISI) serves as a platform to facilitate the development of promising design ideas with social innovative elements.  It is set to become a ‘third space’ in the Hong Kong design landscape, bridging between academia and business, for the development and commercialisation of innovative multi-disciplinary design products, and the promulgation of best practices in design innovation for social good.

About the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Founded in 1950, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is the only art academy of higher learning directly under the Ministry of Education. The founding of the academy incorporated the former National Beiping Art College and the Fine Arts Department of the Huabei University. The name of the academy was inscribed by former Chairman Mao Zedong. The Academy has its roots in the National Beijing Art College founded in 1918 by educationist Cai Yuanpei, which was China’s first national art education institution, a pioneer of modern art education in China.

As a leading institution for modern art education in China, CAFA provides rich resources for those who wish to learn, experience and engage in creative activities. CAFA’s main objective is the cultivation of high quality professionals who are elites in the fields of art and design. The Academy has nurtured numerous pre-eminent artists in the past ninety years. CAFA consists of six schools and colleges: School of Fine Art, School of Chinese Painting, School of Design, School of Architecture, School of Humanities, College of City Design and the School of Continuing Education, as well as an affiliated high school of Fine Art. CAFA provides first-rate libraries and studio facilities for students and faculty. CAFA also publishes two A-grade national academic journals: Art Research and World Art.