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Inspired by - USA

New York City prints

Posted by rod - 13.04.2015

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Illustrator and Graphic Designer Remko Heemskerk created these awesome New York City prints. The prints show the great diversity of architecture one can find in NYC, USA. The illustrations are inspired by the intense colours, layers and the awesome vibe of the city. If you really like them you can buy them on inPrint.

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View from The High Line

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the Village

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Greenwich village New York City

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Park Avenue New York City Landscape

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Inspired by - Cuba

Havana Club Rum

Posted by rod - 28.01.2015

M&C Saatchi, London created three adverts for Havana Club Rum. Each ad taps into a distinctive Cuban element, The Musician, The Mojito and The Master of Rum and tells a fascinating story around it.

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Inspired by - Canada

Montreals iconic sights illustrated

Posted by rod - 20.01.2015

Montreal illustration for Skylife Magazine

Talented illustrator Kubra Aslan was commissioned by Turkish Airlines inflight magazine Skylife to illustrate some of Montreals iconic sights. The Canadian city houses some iconic buildings such as the Montreal Biosphere, the 1967 Olympic Stadium and the Habitat 67 project designed by architect Moshe Safdie.

If you like Kubra’s illustrations check out her illustrations of Turkey for Skylife

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Bonsecours Market

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Olympic Stadium, 1967

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Habitat 67, by architect Moshe Safdie

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Mount Royal

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La Ronde , Amusement Park

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Inspired by - Peru

Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco bar brand identity

Posted by rod - 10.11.2014

Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco bar brand identity

Having been frustrated that Peruvian cuisine was almost unknown in the UK, Martine Morales made it his challenge to get the tastes of Peru out there. Hens the Peruvian restaurant Ceviche was born, which is situated in Soho, London. The restaurant also its own Pisco bar which makes Peruvian cocktails. For those who don’t know the name Ceviche is a seafood dish, popular in the coastal regions of central and south America and its origin lies in the area of present-day Peru.

With the help of interior designer “Schneider Designers” and London’s small multi-disciplinary design studio “Here design” the restaurant came alive. Here Design took care of the branding, signage website and not to forget the Cheviche’s own cook book which got featured in the  1014 D&AD book.

The Ceviche and Pisco Bar resembles a cool fish market bar. Zinc walls and the bartop references fish scales, simple white tiles bring the fish market to life, the red wooden bar resembles the wooden boats used to bring freshly caught fish into Lima’s busy Chorrillos port and carefully chosen Lima industrial retro lighting gives you the feel you are taken back in time. A designed tiled mural brings Lima’s bustling markets to mind. This is also a place to show some of what Ceviche offers including dishes, drinks and values including Vinos, Causas and “Aqui se cocina con cariño” – here we cook with love and care.

Our main restaurant is designed with the neighborhood of Barranco in mind. Barranco is Lima’s Soho. It is a bohemian place where writers, musicians, poets and artists hang out and live. It is where the communist party of Peru was formed, and Peru’s best songs were written as well as a place to eat, drinks and have the best conversations.”

The restaurant also features a Peruvian Hero wall which celebrates key Peruvians in important moments of their lives. There is also a changing collection of framed posters that represent moments in time of Peruvian ate and culture.

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Inspired by - USA

America Posters Series

Posted by rod - 27.10.2014

America Posters Series

American culture enthusiast and designer, Pedro H. Sampaio created this American poster series.

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Inspired by - Mexico

TEPITO Tacos & Tequila illustrations

Posted by rod - 07.10.2014

TEPITO Tacos & Tequila illustrations

Colombian designer Tomas Restrepo Acosta created these Mexican inspired illustrations for the Tepito restaurant in Envigado, Colombia. Keeping to the colours red and black the drawings feature hand lettering, skeletons, roses, and Mexican wrestlers which often used to represent Mexico.

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Inspired by - Mexico

Central American inspired Mural installations

Posted by rod - 16.09.2014

Central American inspired Mural installations

Melissa Godoy Nieto created a series of mural installations that were inspired by Central American imagery, temples, and Mexican textiles. The exhibition was held at the general public part of Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin 2012, Photos by Kate Kornberg.

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Inspired by - USA

Animated New York City guide

Posted by rod - 01.09.2014

Uk motion designer Al Boardman had the pleasure to work together with Kaplan International on their New York City guide animation. So what would you do in NYC? There is a ton to do and see and therefor Kaplan asked 355 of their students aged between 18 and 59 from 39 countries what they love to do. The top 8 things where used and transformed into a beautiful animation of the Times Square, SoHo, Little Italy, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway, Madison Square Garden and The Meatpacking District. Kaplan were where so happy with the result, they translated the film into 12 other languages.

Also check out the London city guide animation

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Inspired by - Brazil

Brazil’s world cup stadiums illustrated

Posted by rod - 02.07.2014

Portugese illustrator André Chiote did an awesome job illustrating five of the 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil. Not only is the simplicity of the illustrations striking but also that André managed to keep them in the colours of Brazil, blue, yellow, and green.

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Inspired by - Mexico

Mexican cantina branding – Aguafuerte

Posted by rod - 23.06.2014

Chihuahua, Mexico based yeye design studio designed the Aguafuerte Mexican cantina.

“El Aguafuerte is a canteen made “a la brava”. 
We seek to represent the essence of the rural Mexican drunk, one who is drowning in this agua fuerte bottle. Also, the place as a historical site, had a great weight of being a cultural icon of the city. We decided to rescue all the graphic sense of the time and we dipped into original resources to achieve real texture and achieve a fully Chihuahuan product. Guest artists who participated: Gerardo Vargas and Francisco Leon. We assisted Labor Studio to design some pieces for the space.”

Mexican cantina branding - Aguafuerte

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Inspired by - USA

See America travel posters by Steven Thomas

Posted by rod - 26.05.2014

There is something special about illustrated travel posters which make you want to get up and explore the country. Steven Thomas created a bunch of Travel posters titled See America for Print Collection, in the spirit of the 1930’s originals featuring many of America’s most notable landmarks.

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Niagara Falls State Park

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Acadia National Park

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Everglades National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

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Joshua National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park

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Badlands National Park

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Inspired by - Mexico

Mexican inspired book cover design by Cherry Bomb

Posted by rod - 23.04.2014

Mexican inspired book cover design by Cherry Bomb

 

 

Mexico City based design studio Cherry Bomb were commissioned to created the book cover designs for publisher Pearson Education. In total there are three covers but the one which inspired me the most was the Mexican inspired book cover design which incorporates things from the past and present. I really like that they featured a Mayan temple which back in them days was innovation and then combining it with a touchscreen tablet. The simple flat illustration style with the fresh colour pallet give the covers a playful and appropriate look and feel. Check out more Mexican inspired art and design here.

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Inspired by - USA

The seven wonders of Oregon campaign

Posted by rod - 24.03.2014

I like the seven wonders of Oregon campaign because it looks and feels different from all the other destination campaigns which in my eye’s look the same. Travel Oregon made it’s biggest marketing investment ever which I hope payed off. The $3 million marketing campaign which uses TV spots, Instagram photos, print ads and other forms of online content was devolved by Wieden + Kennedy, Substance and Sparkloft Media. The campaign argues that whoever named the seven wonders of the world, never set font in Oregon. Therefor Travel Oregon named it’s own 7 state wonders: the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock.  What really inspires me are the wonder logo illustrations which are placed like stamps on top of impressive images of the wonder. The designers took the illustration style all the way to website where they integrated into the menu, the footer and into the layout of each article.  Which of the wonders would you like to visit?

I like the seven wonders of Oregon campaign because it looks and feels different from all the other destination campaigns which in my eye’s look the same. Travel Oregon made it’s biggest marketing investment ever which I hope payed off. The $3 million marketing campaign which uses TV spots, Instagram photos, print ads and other forms of online content was devolved by Wieden + Kennedy, Substance and Sparkloft Media. The campaign argues that whoever named the seven wonders of the world, never set font in Oregon. Therefor Travel Oregon named it’s own 7 state wonders: the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock.

What really inspires me are the wonder logo illustrations which are placed like stamps on top of impressive images of the wonder. The designers took the illustration style all the way to their website where they integrated into the menu, the footer and into the layout of each article.

Which of the wonders would you like to visit?

 

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Inspired by - Central America

Ruta Maya Dark packaging design

Posted by rod - 07.03.2014

Ruta Maya Dark packaging design

The Ruta Maya Dark Packaging design was created by DeRouen & Co in collaboration with  MADHouse.

“Ruta Maya Dark is a blend of new and old world. With a traditional German Schwarzbier, or dark lager, Hops & Grain Brewing pairs Ruta Maya dark roast coffee, sourced from Chiapas, Mexico. This unique, sensational beer carries distinct coffee and cocoa notes as well as a rich, smokey flavor.

Our contemporary translation of this beers’ Mayan and German roots through type and color palette results in a distinctive can that portrays the richness of the style. When approaching the design, we reinterpreted traditional Mayan stamp motifs plus jaguar mask imagery and combined that with Ruta Maya’s logo typography. This imagery can then be broken apart and used as graphics for supporting promotional materials.” via thedieline

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Inspired by - Canada

Air Inuit – Redesign of the brand identity

Posted by rod - 21.02.2014

Air Inuit is a regional airline that provides an essential passenger, charter, cargo and emergency air transport services throughout northern Quebec and destinations across Canada. The airline began operations in 1978 and is wholly owned by the Inuit people. The redesign of the brand identity of Air Inuit was created by Montreal based FEED in collaboration with brand consultant Marc-André Chaput. Check out the old logo here.

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The aim was to develop the new positioning of the carrier and review all components of its brand identity in the context of a larger project to modernise the company. One of the first things people will see is the orange and black bilingual logo which is set in Inuktitut and Roman letters. The logo is quite straightforward but standout because of the orange script.

The new identity of Air Inuit brand is a contemporary interpretation of the rich Inuit cultural heritage and bold new vision. Feed studio’s own illustrator Stéphane Poirier, created the pattern of geese, to reflect the Inuit’s love and respect of nature and the abundant wildlife.

In addition, FEED worked hand in hand with French typeface designer Jean-Baptiste Levée to create the exclusive typeface called Air Inuit Sans. The corporate font is one of a few typefaces in the world that is able to rite the Inuktitut language.

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Inspired by - USA

The ICONYC New York Poster

Posted by rod - 28.11.2013

The ICONYC New York Poster

With out doubt, New York City is one of the most iconic metropolises in the world. To celebrate its famous neighbourhoods, landmarks and architecture NYC design studio Alfalfa created the ICONYC New York poster.

“Charmingly simple graphics inspired by naive art invite you to discover, explore, and get lost in the City! Spot UV coating on many buildings will help you match them to their names in the border around the map. Watch out for pedestrians, poodles, prams, and pretzels!”

You can buy the 27” x 40” poster directly on Alfalfa’s site.

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Inspired by - Mexico

Mexican street food culture – Tacombi

Posted by rod - 21.11.2013

Mexican street food culture - Tacombi

Taste the traditional flavours of Mexican homestyle food of Tacombi. The New York based Mexican restaurant was born on the beaches of the Yucatan, where Tacombi began selling tacos out of a converted VW bus in Playa del Carmen. Now the bus is parked in a cool looking place on Elizabeth street, which looks like a garage as well as a cantina.

The casual looking restaurant has a distinct Mexican feel to it. From the moment you see the restaurant, you’ll see some nice features such as the signage around the building. Inside the taqueria there are lovely pieces of Mexican graphics, typography and advertising dotted around. The foldable chars and tables add to the Mexican street food atmosphere.

Have you been to the Tacombi at Fonda Nolita?

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Inspired by - USA

Colorado Tourism Wine Bottles

Posted by rod - 14.11.2013

Colorado Tourism Wine Bottles

The Colorado Tourism board together Nick Marranzino created three custom made wine bottle labels for the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference in Colorado. Each bottle was laster etched, dipped into white wax and features a lovely pattern of bears, trees, camping, mountains, canoeing, deers etc. which together characterise the US state of Colorado. This is a super nice gift from the tourism board. via packageinspiration

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