Mr. Chan holds an MA Design with distinction and a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking. For 20+ years he had been an experienced design practitioner in the graphic design, advertising, and publication fields in local, China and multi-national corporate environments. He believes design is a powerful change-making force in the contemporary world.
After migrating from practice to education, Mr. Chan has accumulated a diverse teaching portfolio of over 20 design-related subjects in different programmes and institutions, including the Master of Design programmes, BA (Hons) in Art & Design in Education, and HD in Multimedia Design and Technology in PolyU School of Design, BA (Hons) in Applied & Media Arts in PolyU SPEED, HD in Applied & Media Arts in HK Art School, and a subject on design and visual communication for Form 5 in HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Mr. Chan's students constantly won competitions with their assignments from the subjects he taught and tutored. A notable example is that for 2 consecutive years his students won as champions with their subject projects in the HK Social Enterprise Challenge 2010 and 2011. Each team won a cash award of almost HK$200,000, which enabled them to incubate their student projects into real businesses and made them entrepreneurs in social innovation.
Besides taught programmes, Mr. Chan also spoke extensively in seminars, workshops, and corporate training programmes in design thinking and design innovation to local and Mainland designers and students, design managers, teachers in tertiary institutions, and senior management executives from the commercial and NGO sectors.
When Mr. Chan worked in PolyU School of Design, he helped to run 2 research labs and was involved in a lot of research and consultancy projects, ranging from consumer and healthcare product innovations to exploring HK-PRD collaboration in the creative and manufacturing industries, including a HK$1.8-million design research project funded by CreateHK.