About

Hong Kong Signage Archive is the working title of a research project conceived by Keith Tam at the Hong Kong Design Institute.

This project is about typography in urban environments in Hong Kong from the perspective of communication design. At the heart of the project is an open source archive of urban signage: an analytical tool as well as a historical record. The project will attempt to answer these questions: How do signs interact with various building types, urban settings, and people? What are the ways in which typography (the style and arrangement of text) is used in signs, particularly for bilingual messages? How are meanings constructed through the use of visual and form language, and what are the conventions for different types of businesses? How is Hong Kong’s cultural identity constructed through urban signage?

For more information, please contact Keith Tam at keith.tam [at] vtc.edu.hk