Hong Kong Poly University, in collaboration with Campus France network, reunited a group of designers, teachers and art & design school directors in the framework of an international web conference on March 23rd, 2021. The event was animated by Alexandre Giorgini, France Consul General, and Prof. Kun-Pyo Lee, Director of the Design Department of Hong Kong Poly U. Among the guests, Christian Guellerin, director of Nantes Atlantique design School, Edmund Lee, director of the Hong Kong Design Center, Stephen J.Wang, teacher in UX Design & Design Intelligence at the Hong Kong PolyU, among others.
On the Cité du design - Esadse’s side, it is Isabelle Vérilhac, Head of International and Innovation, who represented the establishment, joined by the design post-diploma student Sijie He. Each expert could bring into focus his expertise on a subject of application of his choice in relation to the “Design for all” theme. Isabelle Vérilhac presented the missions of the establishment, from locally to internationally: its roles of diffusion for all publics (from general audience, children, professionals, etc.) ; of support to professionals (companies or public actors), co-created with users ; and teaching in art & design. Sijie He illustrated this presentation with her research and concrete examples.
Sije He is a researcher-student who graduated from the Le Havre-Rouen ESAD and is a professional designer at Huawei. She exhibited at the Grand Palais and several other French, German and Chinese cities. Her research field focuses on Chinese commercial and restaurant signs in Saint-Etienne and Paris, and their role in the involved people’s integration in the city. She explores the link between Chinese migrant communities, design and evolution of them together in History. Her work can be seen on her web page as well as on her Instagram profile.
“This exchange with the PolyU was the first time I gave a webconference on Zoom.
I believe exchanging during a conference, and presenting is a significant part of being a researcher. Whether it is during the presentation or the exchange itself, I appreciate receiving feedback to improve my skills. In parallel, these exchanges allowed me to get known and widen my professional network, to know more about research projects and opinions of new people, and also to extend my reflexion field.”
This event is an excellent opportunity for la Cité du design and Esadse to connect with the Hong Kong Design Center, as well as with Hong Kong Poly University, which is renowned as one of the best design schools in Asia.
Besides extending the visibility of the establishment in Asia, the outcome of the exchange allows it to expand its networks, develop the attractivity of the territory of Saint-Etienne. It is also an occasion for each guest school to share his experience on a key theme to build the world of tomorrow.
The web conference is now available on Youtube :