Born in Canada and schooled in Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada, Brian is now working as a graphic designer between Hong Kong and Toronto. Brian has worked in the design profession for over 25 years, beginning with freelance and agency work in Canada to starting his own award winning studio in Hong Kong.
Since an early age, he has trained under renowned Asian artists such as Liu Kang and Kam Kee Yong of Singapore as well as at the Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He has a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Fine Arts and Economics from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Arts in Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a second Masters Degree from the University of Toronto in Knowledge Media Design and Culture and Technology.
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts based in the UK, a Certified Graphic Designer of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, a member of the International Association of Designers based in the EU and a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. He was also a professional member of the Hong Kong Designers Association.
Brian is also a passionate ‘musician’ having written for and played in numerous bands and he has also recorded several CDs. His interest in music has led to work in sound-tracking and animation as well as other time-based media. This experience in other media has also proved an asset in his design work as it has allowed him to explore design options outside of the obvious and to see design systems across multiple media.
A third area of Brian's design experience has been in design education. He has taught design at various levels including programs at the University of Waterloo in Canada, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Birmingham City University-Hong Kong Design Institute and at the Hong Kong Art School. Teaching has allowed him to keep in touch with the youthful aspect of design, to have a first hand look at designers of the future and to be a part of that future. Teaching has also allowed Brian to gain insights into societal and cultural changes and how design can be communicated to a changing public.
Because of his diverse background and his many interests and passions, Brian has developed a cross-cultural-inter-disciplinary sensibility in his art and design work. This philosophy has resulted in design work for clients that is equally workable in both local and global arenas and across various media, and it is this philosophy that Brian inculcates in all his students and designers.