Henry Steiner: Branding Hong Kong

I would dare say that a designer can only be as good as his clients. And if you’ve got a designer who wants to do things, you use them.

Henry Steiner

Graphic designer Henry Steiner’s work has shaped the identities of some of Hong Kong’s most influential organisations. His projects include the design of the widely circulated Hong Kong-based The Asia Magazine and the logo for HSBC.

Steiner was a pioneer in designing for multi- and cross-cultural contexts, adept at integrating his modernist training in art and design with his deep knowledge and sensitivity to the histories and vernacular languages of Asia—from Japanese typography to symbols of ancient China.

Steiner’s earliest projects include branding for established Hong Kong-based companies such as Hongkong Land and Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, and important landmarks like The Ocean Terminal, The Peak Tower, and Connaught Centre (now Jardine House) —which made him and his work highly visible. His versatility is demonstrated in his designs for clients such as Asiaweek, Dairy Farm, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mass Transit Railway Corporation, and Lane Crawford.

Video Credits

Produced by M+
Production House: Jiu Jik Park
Director: Hui Chi Sang
Landscape Videography: Matthew Mak Chi Ho, Kira Fung Ka Cheuk
Aerial Photography: Hui Chi Sang
Video Editor: Allen Ho Man Hin
Animation Designer: Veronica Lui Ka Syun
Music Composer: Hanz Au Lok Heng
M+ Video Production: Kenji Wong Wai Kin, Chris Sullivan, Angel Ng Wan Yi
M+ Curatorial Research: Jennifer Wong, Shirley Surya
Special Thanks: Henry Steiner, Michael Rogge