Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Vignelli Archive receives donation of design from Henry Steiner

RIT’s Dean Lorraine Justice facilitated the acquisition of archival design pieces from Austiran graphic designer Henry Steiner on a recent trip to China. She is acquainted with Steiner from her days as Dean of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Steiner, who is best known for his corporate identity designs, has created designs for some of the most identifiable brands, such as IBM, Hyatt Regency, Hilton Hotels, Dow Jones, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Unilever, and was commissioned to design the city’s bank notes by the Hong Kong government in 1975. Steiner was educated at the Sorbonne and at Yale. In 1964, he founded his own consultancy firm, Steiner&Co, in Hong Kong. Henry Steiner pioneered the expression of identity through branding, particularly in Asia where his skill for incorporating Eastern cultural symbols into Western design has garnered international acclaim. Steiner was included in Icograda’s list of the Masters of the 20th Century in 2002, and was named a World Master by Idea magazine.


This banknote was designed by Steiner and is part of the donation.


He has designed banknotes for the Standard Chartered Bank since 1975. In 2003, he updated the designs incorporating the latest anti-counterfeiting technology. The notes appear in five denominations and showcase a hierarchy of aquatic, amphibious, terrestrial, and celestial creatures. The reverse features Hong Kong’s dynamic harbor from various time periods.