OnSet at Forum 6, Apr 6 – May 6, 2017

Forum 6‘s first show in its new gallery is having the show-closing party this Saturday – hope to see you there! Love how my drawing Take Me Somewhere goes well with Giselle Rosethal’s sculpture and Hedwige Jacobs’ drawing.


Adrienne Wong’s designs are part of the two most successful Opening Night Gala events in client’s history

On Saturday 17, 2016, one of my design clients, the Houston Symphony held its major annual event, the Opening Night Gala and was the second most successful ONG event in its history! I worked on the event materials including the Logo, Invitations, Program, and stationery. This year ConocoPhillips was honored for their support of the symphony for 30 years, so the design had a black color palette with matte and shiny surfaces to allude to the oil theme with accents of red referencing the ConocoPhillips logo, and I also used metallic silver to highlight the importance of the sophisticated event.

As for the MOST successful Houston Symphony Opening Night Gala, that was in 2014, for Andres Orozco-Estrada’s Inaugural Performance. I designed the logo of the golden bird leading the flock, with a bright purple and blue color palette to reflect the vibrancy of their new musical director.

Both of my designs have a contemporary yet sophisticated feel to them, so I’m glad that it reflects the modern perspective of my client and their Chairs. Congratulations to the Houston Symphony!

Photo of ONG Program on table
The Program that Adrienne Wong/AWongStudio designed, black and red on silver, on the table at the Houston Symphony ONG 2016-17 event. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle article here: http://www.chron.com/life/society/article/Sir-Ben-Kingsley-narrates-the-Houston-Symphony-s-9231920.php#photo-10949702


Last Open Day at Spring Street Studios

Spring Street Studios has been home to my art for over 5 years. Tomorrow will be the last Open Studio for me at this restored former warehouse. I’ll miss the fellow artists who have become my friends, the cool old wooden elevator and the great space. After a month of construction delays, next week I’m moving to the Silos, part of the same art studio group, in a building closer Washington Ave. Come by tomorrow between 2-5pm to help me say goodbye to Spring St.

The world loses another artist

Zaha Hadid dropped by her own exhibition when I went with my architect sister Tania to see it one London morning in 2002 or 2003. Hadid was a rock star in the architect world even back then. My sister was pretty excited to be in the same building with one of her heroes. She obviously also had great presenting skills to convince people to make unusual and expensive buildings! Personally I was disappointed that her work that she called “paintings” in the show was made by her team rather her own hand but seems to be normal for successful artists at a certain point in their careers. Her vision of flowing lines and circular shapes truly shook up architecture.

BBC News: Architect Dame Zaha Hadid dies after heart attack


Why the new NZ Flag was a creative failure

This week New Zealanders went to vote for a new flag or keep the existing flag. The public ended up voting for the existing flag but until the result was known, I had been on tenterhooks, hoping that my fellow Kiwis would see sense. Watching the referendum process unfold had been painful over the past 12 months. The open call for designs was romantically democratic but would you choose anyone other than a plumber to fix your sink? The panel who decided the shortlist did not include any designers. Then we, the people, were forced to choose one terrible design from a shortlist of terrible designs. I wrote the post below on the eve of the voting deadline.
Full disclosure: I HATE the proposed alternative design. And these are words from a graphic designer who actually has a Visual Arts degree, which is more than can be said for Mr Lockwood who looks as though he taught himself how to design one rainy weekend with free software.
Even before designs are created, I ask my clients why do they need a design, what are they looking for, what is it they are trying to say to the world? I’m puzzled why we need a new flag right now. We are not a new republic, we still are part of the Commonwealth and presently enjoy those links (under 30s can work in the UK). When the day comes, and it probably will, when the Queen’s head is off our currency, then we can think about taking the Union Jack off our flag.
Even if we get past that there is no logical reason to have new flag now, I cannot get past that the alternative design is just plain ugly. If John Key is sick of being confused with the Australian flag then it’ll be worse to be known as the Australians’ frumpier cousin.
The fern with its clunky leaves isn’t elegant and even a logo is more refined (the All Blacks logo to be exact). Look at the colours – the black bit from the All Blacks flag wasn’t brave enough to march over the space so there’s a bit of the old blue in there…it’s a compromise of not being able to decide who it is. A flag’s purpose is to represent and lead the way, and there’s nothing brave or inspirational about this alternative flag.

I’m a cover girl


My design & creative concept of Andres Orozco-Estrada as Houston Symphony’s ‘soaring bird’ is on this month’s cover. The vibrant colors and modern shapes celebrates the future. The photograph of the program for the Inaugural Concert & Gala manages to capture the spot-varnished background made up of semicircular patterns derived from the shapes of the sun and moon referencing gold artifacts from the conductor’s native country.