The 2009 Asian Games may be four years away, but the time to start work on the latest symbol of Hong Kong is now. Although it is old news that our fair city has won the bid to host the games, it is less well known that one of the perks of being the host city is getting to produce the games' official emblem. The games' planning committee is holding an open design competition and CitySeen spoke with famed local designer and judging panel member Kan Tai-keung about it. 'Many competitions have asked me to be on the judging panel before so I'm quite used to it. But this time it's for Hong Kong and also for a big international event, so it means quite a lot to me,' he told CitySeen. Kan said that the key to success is innovation. 'The most important - and, really, the most basic thing - is that the design has to be original and innovative,' he said. 'A lot of times we can tell whether it meets that criteria just by feel and by instinct, so we don't necessarily look at the technique as the deciding factor.' Entry forms for the competition can be found at www.lcsd.gov.hk . The deadline is May 31.