My designs are a small part of an important social movement/campaign in Hong Kong right now.
I’m a bit wary of designing graphics related to social issues. It goes against why we think the internet is so great, but I sometimes feel if they aren’t actually printed our and spread around, all I get back is a bunch of likes and no real change. It feels a bit masturbatory and slacktivism-ish. So I’m very glad and grateful about how things turned out this time.
July 1st is the handover anniversary when Hong Kong got returned to China as a former British colony. But it’s also the time when hundreds of thousands of people take part in the annual rally, to make their voices heard.
I was never that into politics, but our city’s future has never looked dimmer under the threat of the mainland government. March we must.
This year is more special, because there was a referendum before this, about our city’s universal suffrage. It’s not recognized by our government and has no real legal power, so some people are saying this is just a feel-good effort with no real impact. But Hong Konngers aren’t known for their political activism, so seeing more than 700000 people giving a crap about this at all is pretty amazing. Even if we lose everything to the Chinese government, we’re not going down without taking a stand.
Credit: Nike shoe icon by Luboš Volkov, available under a Free for Commercial Use license.