Upon my first visit to Hong Kong with my wife Edelweiss in 2014, I fell in love with her city. Later that year, the same streets in which we walked hand-in-hand were occupied by protests against the increasingly pro-Beijing government. The city ground to a halt as a hundred thousand protesters were subjected to tear gas and riot police abuse.
Stuck in the US with friends on the frontlines a continent away, Edelweiss and I put our design skills to good use, collaborating with other Hongkongers at RIT to raise awareness among the student populace.
In just under a week, we plastered up posters around campus and began to hand out yellow ribbons and ask for signatures to show solidarity with the protestors.
The most vital information to display is the current live feed, so that is what greets the user on the home page. I loved the concept of Pharrell Williams' 24 Hours of Happy music video, so I adapted its circular timeline to allow users to scrub back to marked important points earlier in the day.
The news page lays out the stories in a much more open, infinitely-scrolling view, with the most current or most important called out at the top. Twitter was commonly used to report real-time on the protests, so I included an auto-updating feed on the right of the page.
I am amazed that I was able to reach so many people with my design and animation. Both at RIT and through the internet, I got to know many people I would not otherwise have met and hopefully helped and informed many more. Despite the lack of political progress brought about by the Umbrella Revolution, much social progress has been made, with more and more of the younger generation involving themselves in politics in Hong Kong.