William Harald-Wong

Founder • Chairman



William Harald-Wong is an urban identity designer working at the intersection of brand, culture, city and community. He collaborates widely with architects, interior designers and brand consultants on cultural research, wayfinding, signage, environmental graphics and place-making. His work crosses several disciplines and projects include city-wide signage systems, large integrated mixed-use developments, shopping malls and museums.

For spaces desiring an art or culture-related environment, especially public areas, William infuses a distinctive Asian / Southeast Asian aesthetic to enhance the human and cultural experience of the place.

William is also a keen photographer who documents aspects of Southeast Asian culture. In 2004, his solo exhibition “Naga, the Serpent Spirit of Southeast Asia,” a research / photo-documentation project covering five Asian countries, opened at Sanwon Gallery in Seoul. Group exhibitions include “Six Asian Designers” (DDD Gallery, Osaka) in 1995 and “33 Designers from around the World” (DDD Gallery, Osaka and GGG Gallery,Tokyo) in 1997.

Recent Awards

2015    Gold Award, Communication Design & Grand Award Finalist,
Design for Asia Awards, HONG KONG
Project: Integrated design for Muzium Sultan Abu Bakar, Malaysia

2014    Special Award for Culture,
Design for Asia Awards, HONG KONG
Co-Curator for Colours of Asia, a project by The Design Alliance Asia

2013    Distinguished Chinese Award,
Chinese Who’s Who Society, CHINA & HONG KONG

2012    Designomics Leadership Award,
World Brand Congress, INDIA

2011    Lifetime Achievement Award,
Design Development Centre, MALAYSIA

2009–2010      International Design Achievement Award,
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Qinghua University Fine Arts College, Beijing, CHINA



Hong Kong Design Centre, Design for Asia Awards, Regional Expert

World Brand Congress (India), Global Advisory Board Member

Indigo (International Indigenous Design Network), Ambassador

wREGA (Graphic Design Association of Malaysia), Co-Founder & Advisor

Past icograda (ico-D), Vice-President 2001-2003


Website: www.whwdesign.com

Last updated August 10, 2016