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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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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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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.”

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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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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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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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Gods, rites and crafts of the prehispanic Mexico

Posted by rod - 24.10.2013

Gods, rites and crafts of the prehispanic Mexico

Last week the Fundación Proa opened its space up for the Gods, rites and crafts of the prehispanic Mexico. The exhibition will feature over 150 archeological pieces from an variety of cultures that once inhabited the Guldf of Mexico. To spread the word the Buenos Aires foundation hired UK design studio Spin, who also crated the the Proa identity to design the exhibition material. The red, black and white exhibition identity features some of the exhibits plus a slightly modified typeface which slightly indicates the era the pieces originate.

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Corona Day of the dead packaging design

Posted by rod - 22.10.2013

Corona Day of the dead packaging design

Mexican brewery Corona is celebrating this years Day of the Dead with a limited edition can. The cans are inspired by traditional Mexican sugar skull designs which were designed by Zulu Alpha Kilo.

“Despite the melancholy name, Day of the Dead is actually a salute to life, said Shane Ogilvie, executive creative director at Zulu. The artwork is meant to reflect that message, as well as continue the theme of the campaign.”

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which takes place every year on November 1st and 2nd.. The day focuses on celebrating the lives of friends and family members who have past away, which traditionally includes honouring the dead with sugar skulls, flowers and food.

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Herencia Mexicana

Posted by rod - 04.10.2013

The Herencia Mexicana Project commemorating Mexico bicentennial as an independent country ended up being: 200 Legados 100 Visiones, a board game in digital form that presented the idea of the 200 legacies in the shape of playing cards, some of which were illustrated by Hector Hernandez Galindo and Black Emperor ranging from movies, books, traditions, architecture, animals, and landscaping

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Mexican Chocolate Stout label design

Posted by rod - 21.08.2013

A 500 year old Aztec recipe found its way into Copper Kettle Brewing, who were so inspired that they created the Mexican chocolate stout. After a few years of success the Denver company hired Emrich Office who designed the identity of the company and the new label design for the Mexican beer. The new label was printed with a copper ink and featured a custom designed Azted cacao god.

  “For the logo, we made the Kettle icon more recognizable, improved the readability of the logotype, and simplified the colors. We also added some secondary marks that can be used on promotional items. The use of metallic copper was an easy decision but required some attention to detail during the production process to achieve a strong, reflective copper sheen. For Mexican Chocolate stout, we researched the ancient civilizations of Mexico and their use of Cacao as a drink and in religion. The label design includes a blend of imagery and motifs from the Toltec, Aztec and Mayan cultures.”

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Mexican inspired skeleton packaging

Posted by rod - 18.09.2012

Jose Cuervo Mexican inspired skeleton packaging design by Dr. Lakra

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For hundreds of years the Cuervo family has distilled and blended some of the finest Tequila. In 2011 the Tequila brand Jose Cuervo unveiled its 2011 edition of Reserva de la Familia. This limited-edition packaging design was designed by Ludwig Gayanilo

The limited-edition thermochromic packaging design on the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado and Silver Tequila features Mexican inspired skeletons designs that fades to its optimal colour when chilled to at least 42 degrees.

If you love these designs check out Dr. Lakra’s Absolut Mexico designs.

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Luchador – wine label design

Posted by rod - 11.09.2012

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Brooklyn design and illustration studio Morning Breath created these awesome wine labels a few years back. The Australian Shiraz named “Luchador” was inspired by Mexican Lucha Libre (mexican wrestlers). Each of the four labels features its own wrestler which are illustrated in a unique way. If you like these you should check out the 1800 Tequila packaging designs which are also inspired by Mexican Lucha Libres.

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Absolut Mexico

Posted by rod - 31.08.2012

Absolut vodka Mexico

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The jaguar, an invincible warrior that illuminated the Earth during the day and fought in the underworld at night.

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God wind, storm and fire. Mayan word that has been adopted in most modern languages.

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The Feathered Serpent, conqueror and founder of the Mayan civilization.

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In my opinion the Absolut Mexico limited edition packaging design is one of the best “Absolut Vodka” has done. In this bottle, Mexican artist Dr. Lakra pays tribute to Mexico, representing three of the most important elements of the legendary Mayan culture:

The three elements Dr. Lakra illustrated for the packaging design are:
Balam (The Jaguar), Kukulkan (The feathered Serpent) and Hurakan (Good wind, worm and fire)

I recommend you to check out the in the making video and the Absolut Mexico website.

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1800 Tequila by i love dust

Posted by rod - 28.08.2012

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For the 4th season in a row 1800 Tequila commissioned a bunch of artist to get their art work featured on one of their bottles. The design which caught my eye this year was designed by the London graphic design and illustration studio “I love dust“. The design which I love dust created was heavily inspired by Mayan culture and Aztec mythology.

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Mexican Taco art

Posted by rod - 30.05.2012

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Mexican illustrator Charles Glaubitz created these illustrations, which were inspired by Mexican hand painted signs and one of Mexico’s most know and traditional dishes “taco”. The designs could fit well into the Sensational Mexican design project.

Charles also incorporated other typical Mexican elements into the illustrations such as the Lucha Libre wrestlers and the Mexican guitarist.

Looking at the last two illustrations it looks like the designs were made for the Buenos Aires “La Fabrica del Taco”.

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Indio Cerveza

Posted by rod - 14.05.2012

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Mexican beer (cerveza) brand Indio had their brand identity redesigned, introducing a new logo and packaging design.

Originally Indio was called Cerveza Cuauhtémoc after the sixteenth-century Mexican emperor back in 1893. But amongst consumers the beer was called Indio,consequently in 1905 the beer renamed itself.

London based Bulletproff was in charge of the redesign, this is what they have to say about the project.” Getting our Mexican on… researching the brand’s Mexican roots, deconstructing the brand identity and stripping away the unnecessary noise to find our Indio hero again. The Sunstone inspired brand identity takes its inspiration from Aztec calendars – embedding elements of discovery within the dial, each icon represents a different product, brand or consumer truth. Cuauhtémoc takes a confident new stance illustrated in the bold colors of the Mexican flag. While not forgetting the rich Indio brand heritage, the new identity conveys a progressive spirit, inspiring consumers to search for things that are not instantly identifiable — “La cosa es buscarle” (the point is to search).” via underconsideration

 

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Mexican salsa and fajita packaging labels

Posted by rod - 19.03.2012

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These Mexican salsa and fajita marinade labels where designed by US Charles s. anderson design. The US design studio had to do all sorts of research during the design process for for El Paso Chile, including flying to down to Texas, take a donkey ride through the desert to get the authentic feel of the Southwest. If that was not enough the studio scavenged around flea markets in Mexico City to find authentic mexican designs. The final result was that the fajita marinade was packaged in Mexican beer bottles with label art built from pieces of printed scrap.

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Sensational Mexican design

Posted by rod - 05.03.2012

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If I sum up Mexican design in 3 words I would say it is expressive, colourful and experimental. Walking through Mexico City can be an inspiring experience. With colours and images that can not be found elsewhere in the world, it is truly one of a kind.

Having realised the uniqueness of Mexican design, “Sensational” was born. The history of the project began with a book that turned into an traveling exhibition. With the support of Trilce, KMZ and Once TV Mexico the project moved onto TV screens with the program Sensational Mexican design.

The program covers different topics, from Mexican street art to national prints, and features designers and artists such as Lance Wyman, Cha! and Hula Hula. via thecitylovesyou.com

Check out some of the YouTube clips.

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