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Inspired by - Japan

The great wave of Kanagaw typeface

Posted by rod - 16.12.2014

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“The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, is a painting by famous Japanese painter Katsuhiko Hokusai. Aditya Tri’s created an illustrative typeface inspired by the painting.

 is Aditya Tri’s all-time favourite fine art. The iconic waves has inspired him to make an illustrative typeface. Aditya used Garamond for the base form of the font to give the same impression of the painting, which is elegant and classic.

via betype

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Inspired by - South Africa

What does being African look like?

Posted by rod - 11.12.2014

 

Renowned South African graphic designer Garth Walker asked himself “What does being African look like?” in 1994 when he started his magazine “ijusi”.

“Ijusi is an experimental magazine first published in the early years following South Africa’s first democratic elections circa 1994. From the beginning ijusi posed an important question: “What makes me South African, and what does that ‘look’ like?”, gradually piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and social potentialities that have evolved following Apartheid’s demise.”

via: designweek

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Inspired by - Turkey

Illustrations of Turkey for Skylife

Posted by rod - 10.12.2014

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Turkish Airlines inflight magazine Skylife commissioned Kubra Aslan to create a series of illustrations of Turkey. Some of the illustrations Kubra created for the special Turkey issue are Istanbul, Cappadocia and the statues on Mount Nemrut.

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Inspired by - Scandinavia

Scandinavia club

Posted by rod - 09.12.2014

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Dock 57 created these cool Scandinavian line illustrations. They featuring some of the regions characteristics, such as cabins, vikings, Icelandic geysers and volcanos, reindeers etc. The illustrations where made for the Scandinavia club in Moscow.

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Inspired by - Indonesia

Indonesian Batik Alphabet

Posted by rod - 08.12.2014

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Graphic designer and Illustrator Haris Mustafa was inspired by Indonesian mythical creatures, stories shapes and colours which are used in Indonesian batik. He experimented with with the elements and formed the contemporary Alphabet Nusantara.

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Inspired by - China

Ancient way of packaging rice in China

Posted by rod - 03.12.2014

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Digging out ancient ways of doing things is not only popular in some cases but can also be more environmentally friendly. Quian’s gift rice was inspired by the ancient way of packaging rice in China. The packaging was created using plant fiber envelope that is made by local paper-makers and serves as the canvas for the design. Chinese design studio Pesign design chose to use indigo which is also used in the region to dye clothing, for printing the information on the packaging. They used traditional symbols that are applied by hand. By the looks of it they used block printing.

 

Pesign design won the Platinum Pentaward 2014 for best of the category food.

 

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Inspired by - Norway

The new Norwegian Passport

Posted by rod - 01.12.2014

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Basically all countries passports tell the same story similar to its money. They either show off the nations key figures, history, animals, nature or landmarks. But none as far as I know have managed to incorporate a security detail that goes hand in hand with the overall design that also represents a key national element, as the new Norwegian Passport. The new Norwegian passport, which was designed by Neue a Norwegian multi-discipline design studio based in Oslo won the competition with it concept “The Norwegian landscape”

The one page which everyone is raving about is one where the mountains rise from the sea / fjord. When placed under a black light the page will reveal an image of the Northern Lights making it an innovative approach to security. I wish they would of shown more pages. According to the jury the concept will make the document widely accepted and they appreciate the solutions simplicity. The design is appealing and stylish, the colours are subtle and abstraction of landscape is exciting. The proposal seems to be designed with great emphasis on the function of passports and ID cards, and emerges clearly as a value document.

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Inspired by - India

Henna inspired packaging labels

Posted by rod - 18.11.2014

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Vancouver design studio Brandever together with illustrator Nina Hunter created these traditional henna inspired packaging labels for Umi’s indian kitchen. Umi’s kitchen specialises in making authentic Indian sauces and Chatnis from their Vancouver base.

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Inspired by - Norway

Oslo City survey illustrations

Posted by rod - 17.11.2014

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One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.

The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus Festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

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Inspired by - Africa

Out of Africa collection

Posted by rod - 11.11.2014

Inspiring African patterns and fabrics, interesting smells, and decorative crafts make up the Out of Africa collection from Australian Lifestyle brand Mozi. If you like African art and design and want to spice up your home a little, this collection could be for you.

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