On leaving Hong Kong Design Institute after 19 years of educational service, Vivian Cheng founded “Vivian Design” in 2014 to provide consultancy services in design networking, event management, and promote her own art in jewellery and glass. She started her design career by completing a BA in industrial design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1987.
In the same year, she was awarded a special prize in the Young Designers of the Year Award hosted by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. She began as a watch designer and later engaged in design of fashion accessories. She joined Lambda Industrial Limited as the head of the Product Design team, and won the Governor Award in 1989. In 1995, she finished her Master’s degree and joined the Vocational Training Council teaching product design. She developed the jewellery design course with this design institute, and was later responsible for exploring and developing international link with design related organisations and design schools, as well as managing industrial networking while she was the International Liaison Manager in Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI).
Vivian Cheng has been an active figure in the design hubs in Hong Kong. She was council member of the Chartered Society of Designers Hong Kong from 1990 till 2003 and member of the Hong Kong Designers Association. She was member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), an organisation supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government, from 2002 to 2004; and a Board Member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) for the term 2013 to 2015. She actively participated in organising design conferences, workshops, exhibitions, hosted by the HKDC and HKDI. Furthermore, she has been a panel member for various assessment panels for the government and NGOs.