Book Design Celebrating Steve Leung’s 25th Anniversary

A Milestone Monograph for Asia’s Preeminent Designer

Twenty five years of Steve Leung’s ingenuity and arresting wit is celebrated in a landmark monograph “Steve Leung: Designing Asia and Beyond.”

Design for Tomorrow collaborated with esteemed publisher Thames & Hudson London, global consultancy Fifth Black in Melbourne, and Steve Leung Design team in Hong Kong and Beijing in realizing the comprehensive and awe-inspiring creative output of SLD in over two decades. This coincides with the commemoration of SLD’s 25th founding anniversary.

DFT initiated the monograph creative direction by carefully studying and incorporating the Steve Leung Design branding including the brand assets—from color palette, typographic style, and linear brand elements that are then made into the building blocks of the full editorial design. Though carefully gridded, the scale of imagery are set to be dynamic and emphasized the impactful photography of a collection of international photographers that documented the projects with stunning visuals.

Incisively written by lauded design writer Christina Ko and edited by Fifth Black Principal and Design Anthology’s editor-in-chief Suzy Annetta, the lush monograph chronicles SLD’s approach, philosophy, and outlooks, all crystalized in his work and lifelong design work and process.

“I truly look forward to this monograph,” Steve Leung enthuses. “I feel beyond excited to share my own design journey and legacy from a very intimate perspective that highlights how my entire life has always been deeply rooted into design. As I often say, the way that I design is not a “style”. It’s about my attitude. It’s about my philosophy. I always say that the most important word in my design philosophy is to be appropriate. But what is appropriate? We should do the right thing at the right time in the right context. Everything should come together.”

Suzy Annetta adds: “There are very few big-name designers in Asia that are well known outside of the region, and he may be one of them. He’s very strategic, he doesn’t sit around and wait for things to come to him—He is driven. But I also get the feeling that Steve didn’t really take himself too seriously, either; perhaps it’s this sense of joy he gets from just living life that has allowed him to infuse that sense of joy throughout the spaces that he creates.”

Steve Leung: Designing Asia and Beyond is available for purchase here.

“Thank you Ric Gindap for meticulously curating the graphic aspects of this beautiful book.”

“Ric was commissioned to design an architecture/design monograph for Thames & Hudson. He was a delight to work with throughout the process and was always willing and enthusiastic. He took all feedback on board and we are delighted with the elegant final book he has helped create.”

“I cannot recommend Ric Gindap and his highly skilled team at Design For Tomorrow more highly. We’ve collaborated on two projects now – a project for a private client of DFT in Manila where I was commissioned to write text, and another for Thames & Hudson where Ric was brought on to design the publication that I was editing. Ric is creative, insightful, organised and always full of energy – and lots of laughs! I look forward to collaborating again in the near future.”

Client Steve Leung Design / Thames & Hudson Industry Design, Architecture, Interiors, Environment Discipline Editorial Design Location Hong Kong

Design Direction and Monograph Design Ric Gindap assisted by Israel Contreras Editor Suzy Annetta (Design Anthology / Fifth Black Media) Writer Christina Ko Editorial Development Helen Fanthorpe, Lucas Dietrich (Thames & Hudson UK) Steve Leung Design Communications Sofia Perboni