More Hugs is a command that I - soppy, clingy wet blanket that I am - can happily live by. In this personal series, talented graphic designer, illustrator and hugger Ken Lo has celebrated that marker of all things good in a way I can not: with beautiful, bold and imaginative iconography.
More Hugs was - according to Behance - “borne out of a deep-rooted desire to better the world through design.” From happy, huggy brains, to cute, cuddly cans, Ken has drawn from the breadth of pop culture to create a series that ranges from strange and surprising to adorable and funny, always popping with colour, character and the message ‘More Hugs, Less Hate’.
Here, we’ve collected our favourites of Ken’s designs. But, if you haven’t had enough cuddles and have no one near you to grab and squeeze, check out the More Hugs Instagram for even more pretty hugs (there are a lot).
“I always wanted to do something that makes people happy and being positive,” says Ken on his Behance. “My left eye has a very weak sight since I was born. Actually, I just use my right eye to see things. Somehow, this makes me think that many things have two sides and this is the way how I see the world.”
“I notice that our world is changing. There seems to be more disaster, attacks, different kind of discrimination,” continues Ken on his Behance. “One day, I just felt that I wanted to do a project to makes people happy and positive.
"A hug is a impactful gesture to me. In a physical way, this action means no distance and the connection of each other’s hearts. In another way, this i also how we face and overcome difficulties. I hope the More Hugs project can bring some meaningful values to people.”
Ken is the founder of the BLOW design studio.