Known as the father of Hong Kong design, Henry Steiner was born in Vienna and with the National Socialists' rise to power fled to and raised in New York. He was educated at Yale and at the Sorbonne. Steiner's experience and reputation are international, he is best known for designing the HSBC corporate identity and logo, as well as several series of banknotes for Standard Chartered Bank. Steiner was named World Master by Japan's Idea magazine, and one of Icograda's Masters of the 20th Century. He received the Governor's Award for Hong Kong Design in 1970; and in 2012, Steiner won the Asian Design Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Design Centre. In 2006, Steiner received the Decoration of Merit in Gold of the Republic of Austria for design achievement and nearly 10 years later he got awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Federal President of Austria.
Founded in 1927, designaustria is Europe's third oldest design organisation with currently more than 1,300 members from various backgrounds. The organisation aims to raise awareness for design through exhibitions, teaching programmes, publications, and public relations activities, it promotes the benefits of design for society and the economy. design|er|leben is a book series published by designaustria, the series is dedicated to the generation of Austrian designers who shaped the design in the 20th century and beyond. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) the #18 volume of design|er|leben is dedicated to Professor Henry Steiner.