In reminiscence of Darren Lengthy, 1967-2021
Nicely earlier than he turned artistic director on the Submit, he was
informed as a younger pupil in Europe that his abilities as an
illustrator would by no means help a working life overseas.
So he went on to get pleasure from a extremely profitable profession within the trade
spanning virtually 30 years, principally in Hong Kong.
Darren died within the early hours of November 26 after a fearless
battle with most cancers. He was 54, a loving accomplice to spouse Nisha and
devoted father to daughters Sarita, 17, and Anoushka, 14.
Throughout his seven years as head of the illustration and graphics
workforce on the Submit, amongst his many achievements, Darren
spearheaded a transition in visible storytelling from the print to
digital platforms. The workforce has collected 488 awards throughout 4
continents underneath his stewardship.
Prime: At Peñafiel Fort on his final
journey to Spain. Backside left: Darren
listening to a lecture at Malofiej, the world infographics summit.
Backside proper: Darren on the SCMP
workplaces, in entrance of the infographic “A world of languages”.
“Darren was an actual gem, a tremendous group chief and workforce participant,”
Submit editor-in-chief Tammy Tam mentioned. “I bear in mind him as
being all the time cheerful and mild, assured in his work and by no means
deterred by difficulties. Below his management, our graphics workforce
received so many worldwide and native awards for the
Submit that we misplaced depend! He fought the great battle and
remained a champion all through. I’ll miss him and bear in mind him
fondly, as will the complete newsroom.”
Born in Britain, Darren was a eager rugby participant and music lover,
however yearned to journey.
In an interview with the Society for Information Design in 2017, on
turning into a regional director for the distinguished organisation, he
spoke of how he wished to see the world earlier than settling right down to
get a masters’ diploma.
After travelling in India and Southeast Asia, Darren landed in
Hong Kong in 1992, clutching a sketchbook of his expertise. He
was supplied a job as an illustrator with Asiaweek journal
and by no means seemed again
The illustrator quickly switched roles to turn out to be an artwork director,
creating, launching and rejuvenating all kinds of merchandise,
together with trend magazines and commerce journals. However his old flame
On the Sopa Awards with colleagues Marcelo Duhalde and
Dennis Wong, celebrating one of many workforce’s numerous
At an artwork and design convention for younger individuals in Hong
Left: On the Sopa Awards with
colleagues Marcelo Duhalde and Dennis Wong, celebrating one in every of
the workforce’s numerous awards.
Proper: At an artwork and design
convention for younger individuals in Hong Kong.
Darren initially joined the Submit in 1995, as artwork director
for the corporate’s Asia Journal, a weekend complement for
eight newspapers within the area. He left simply earlier than Hong Kong’s
return to China in 1997 after being headhunted for a job in Kuala
Lumpur the place he would assist rebrand Malaysia Airways’ inflight
He was again within the UK for the millennium, freelancing in London
for TV station Channel 4 and Related Newspapers, amongst others.
However Darren couldn’t be refrained from Hong Kong. He returned in
2002 and within the years that adopted labored for Time,
oversaw the launch of luxurious journal Status Hong Kong,
and led artwork path on monetary publications at Haymarket
His potential to supply visually participating and well-designed
merchandise caught the attention of the Submit which employed him to steer
its graphics and illustration workforce in 2014.
It proved to be an excellent alternative. Darren led the workforce with ardour
and devotion at a difficult time for the Submit because it
accelerated its transition from conventional Hong Kong newspaper to
fashionable digital media organisation, with a fast-growing international
In 2018, with a part of the graphics workforce within the workplaces of the
South China Morning Submit.
The graphics workforce, a various group with totally different nationalities
and backgrounds, rapidly acquired new abilities and took its visible
storytelling to the following stage with spectacular interactive
Darren in contrast his function with that of an orchestra conductor
bringing expertise collectively to supply a satisfying symphony. The
awards flooded in, securing a world fame for the
Darren first met his spouse Nisha in Hong Kong in 1994 after they
have been each working for Asiaweek journal. They misplaced contact
however ran into one another once more in London in March 2000. Two
years later they have been married in Kerala, with greater than 800 company
attending. Nisha’s dad and mom lived in Hong Kong. Her father was a
journalist and an inspiration for his son-in-law. Their daughters
have been born within the metropolis.
Music helped Darren kind his view of the world. He fell in love
with the post-punk scene in Britain on the finish of the Nineteen Seventies,
listening to an eclectic mixture of artists from the Intercourse Pistols and
The Jam to The Specials and The Type Council, together with Jamaican
bands. “Music was great in these days,” he mentioned. He additionally had a
style for jazz and most well-liked vinyl information to digital streaming.
Darren in motion on the rugby pitch, enjoying a sport he was
Rugby was one other ardour. Darren was a stalwart of the Causeway
Bay Rugby Membership, becoming a member of in 2008 and enjoying principally for the Marines
as a flanker. Membership chairman Umesh Desai mentioned he was “completely
devastated to have misplaced a legend” and that Darren would “stay in
our hearts endlessly”.
Adolfo Arranz, deputy artistic director on the Submit, mentioned:
“Darren was the perfect boss and a detailed good friend. He was a pillar of
this workforce, a bridge between editors and artists.”
Senior designer Marcelo Duhalde added that Darren’s management had
created a “golden age” for the graphics workforce.
Submit govt editor Chow Chung-yan, who was instrumental
in bringing Darren again to the corporate in 2014, mentioned: “His
warmness and brilliance have touched all of us. And within the wealthy
physique of labor he left behind, Darren will dwell on as legend on the
Variety of awards received by the SCMP graphics workforce since Darren Lengthy
turned the division head