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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese Woshi-Woshi visual identity and packaging

Posted by rod - 15.04.2015

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Russian A5 pharmacy commissioned Art Lebedev Studio to create a Japanese inspired visual identity and packaging for their Skin and hair care products. The vibrant illustrations which are featured on the packaging design derive from the artwork on Japanese manhole covers which typically feature a theme or a city. Each packaging showcases a unique illustrations that steps into a colourful Japanese garden, emphasising the freshness of the products. Whilst the quirky logo is placed at the top.

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Inspired by - India

The 10 most popular cities in India illustrated

Posted by rod - 23.03.2015

 

“Illustrations of the10 popular cities in India created for the Times Group for their upcoming web/ print experience. Each monument has a very high historic and cultural importance in the cities they are located and have been icons for the city. The visual language was to capture the essence of the monument in the most minimal, simplified way using only geometric shapes.”

The App is currently under production.

Created by Bangalore designer Ranganath Krishnamani.

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Inspired by - China

Rice packaging for xiaotuanyuan

Posted by rod - 20.03.2015

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This is perhaps one of my favourite rice packaging designs. Chinese designer Yi Mi Xiaoxin created the branding and the packing for xiaotuanyuan. Her playful hand drawn style combined with the vibrant colours, placed on top of the black background are very pleasing to the eye. To reflect the different regions the rice comes from, Yi Mi Xiaoxin drew drew different elements from each of the regions.

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese visual identity for MIKÔTO

Posted by rod - 16.03.2015

Japanese visual identity for MIKÔTO

MIKÔTO invites you to explore the world of Japanese cuisine. With their authentic Japanese kitchen also comes the absolutely fantastic Japanese visual identity. German design studio Adda created the minimalistic but still playful identity for the restaurant. The subtle colours and the classic Japanese patterns are meet with the playful brush strokes where the logo is placed on to. Brush strokes are deeply embedded in Japanese culture and can be seen on many logos and signs. All in all the brand identity is very elegant which is also reflected in the interior design.

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Inspired by - South Korea

South Korean rice wine packaging – Ahwang-ju

Posted by rod - 02.03.2015

South Korean rice wine packaging - Ahwang-ju

 

“Uigwe” from Joseon Dynasty

 

South Korean design studio ContentFormContext created the Ahwang-ju rice wine packaging.

“Ahwang-ju is Korean traditional clear rice wine based on the original recipe from the Korea, 1000 years ago, restored by Haeng-sook Choi, the master of Miin brewery Korea. Tradition says that people in the royal court used to make Ahwang-ju quite often during the Joseon Dynasty. We researched “Uigue”, a collection of Royal Protocols of the over 500 year-long Joseon Dynasty, that both records and prescribes the major ceremonies and rites of the royal family. “Uigwe” inspired us to create labels illustrating the royal court ceremony.”

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Illustrations inspired by “Uigwe”.

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For the brand identity, we reconstructed Chinese & Korean characters.

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Inspired by - China

Chinese New year illustration by Jingyao Guo

Posted by rod - 10.02.2015

Chinese New year illustration by Jingyao Guo

Several artists and designers where commissioned by Apple to create some work using one of Apple’s product’s. All of the work is displayed on the Start something new site. Jingyao Guo decided to use iDraw to illustrate the energy of a street scene during Chinese New Year.

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Inspired by - Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan trilingual campaign identity

Posted by rod - 09.02.2015

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Templo was commissioned by the International Truth and Justice Project to create the campaign identity for #StopTorture. The campaign ams to raise awareness of human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. The design studio at Templo came up with a trilingual system using English, Tamil and Sinhalese characters. The typographic logos spell out ‘Stop’ in the three languages.

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Logo animation in English-Sinhala languages.

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Logo animation in English-Tamil languages.

The logos and the campaign material gave a voice to both ethnic groups but also helped the people outside of Sri Lanka to understand what was going on in the Country.

“Designing the logos was a complex process, explains Palavathanan, as both symbols had to be visually similar while ensuring characters were clearly legible for native speakers of each language.

We had to start with matching the Tamil and Sinhala letterforms, [which was] tricky as they are constructed in completely different ways. Tamil is much more geometric and angular compared to the more script-based Sinhala,” he says. “Once this was achieved, we could extend the lines and curves to their English counterpart. We then tested this with native Tamil and Sinhala speakers to test legibility.”

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Inspired by - Taiwan

Taiwanese traditional customs and etiquette

Posted by rod - 04.02.2015

Taiwanese traditional customs and etiquette

Taipei graphic designer di-chun chen and illustrator whooli chen created together this Taiwanese traditional customs and etiquette calendar book. The book was created for the National Center for Traditional Arts and features loots of wonderful illustrations. From historic buildings and instruments to traditional food and kites.

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Inspired by - South Korea

Miin – Korean traditional rice wine

Posted by rod - 27.01.2015

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Miin is a Korean traditional rice wine brewed at Paju. The label design was inspired by old maps from the Joseon Dynasty that incorporated Chinese characters. “Miin” means beautiful woman in Korean therefore the Seoul design agency ContentFromContext created sophisticated curved lines to make it more feminin.

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Inspired by - China

Contemporary Chinese Characters

Posted by rod - 22.01.2015

Contemporary Chinese Characters

Hanzi • Kanji • Hanja

Graphic & Logo Design with Contemporary Chinese Characters

Considered one of the most intricate writing systems in use, Chinese characters hold a presence of typographic beauty comprehensible beyond language barriers. Thanks to the growing popularity of Asian cultures, graphic innovations of these centuries-old characters have begun to shine through in the world of modern design, demonstrating excellent skills at crafting ideas and visualising abstract concepts within complicated forms.

Gathering more than 100 winning works from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and further on; HANZI•KANJI•HANJA compares the capacity of some of today’s finest contemporary logograms to bespeak ideas for books, movies, campaigns, brands and celebrate traditions in modern context. Stylistically categorised chapters of logo designs and applications offer a close cultural insight into the art of strokes and structure of characters. It then expands the focus to identities, posters, packaging, advertisements and set design. Published by victionary

You can buy the book in the CreativeRoots bookshelf

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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 - Indonesia

Indonesian Batik Alphabet

Posted by rod - 08.12.2014

Indonesian Batik Alphabet

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 - India

Henna inspired packaging labels

Posted by rod - 18.11.2014

Henna inspired packaging label

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 - Japan

Now Japan 2014

Posted by rod - 03.11.2014

Illustrator Karolis Strautniekas was commissioned to do the illustrations for an advert for the Now Japan 2014 festival in Lithuania. The brief was to crate something a bit edgy and original, visually attractive and minimal. Clichés about Japanese culture became the axis of our animation.

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Credits:
Production: wowburo
Concept and Creative Direction: Other PeterKarolis Strautniekas
Illustration: Karolis Strautniekas
Animation: Other Peter
Graphic design: Džiugas Valančauskas
Sound: Sonar

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Inspired by - Malaysia

Malaysian inspired illustrations for the 2013 GDAYX event

Posted by rod - 29.10.2014

Malaysian inspired illustrations

George Town designer Valen Lim Chong Chin was commissioned to create the visual identity for the 2013 GDayX event in Malaysia. The event is a community-organised event supported by Google and organised by Google Business Group Malaysia. The task was to create an event identity that represents Malays yet maintain the corporate colours of GBGMalaysia. Valen created a bunch of Malaysian inspired illustrations based on localised elements like tourist hotspots, food, nature, transportation, and iconic buildings.

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Inspired by - Thailand

Iconic landmarks of Thailand

Posted by rod - 22.10.2014

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How many iconic landmarks of Thailand do you know? I know a few but not as many as listed below. Thai graphic designer Chinapat Yeukprasert who also illustrated the guide to Saraburi created these 20 landmarks that represent the characteristics of a thai city. This project is a personal one of Chinapat and in the future he wants to add more to the list.

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Inspired by - China

Traditional herbal tea packaging

Posted by rod - 16.10.2014

Tea has been around for thousands of years, speeding across multiple cultures. But what is quite likely is that it originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, according to Wikipedia. Taipei, Taiwan designer Cheng Jie Sung created an interesting packaging design called 喝禮季 “GOOD DAY” which plays on the four seasons of the year and the traditional herbal store.

“It is one of the customs in Taiwan since time immemorial that people use traditional Chinese medicine as nutriment, and it’s also one of the characteristics that represents Taiwan.Therefore, we use the scene and concept of traditional herbal store as the packaging subject of our health-enhancing tea.

By illustrating the 4 procedures of dealing the herbal material which are weighing, cutting, pounding and decocting with small fire, it is also indicated 4 different types of tea. The ingredients will be designed in accordance with seasons, including Lycium Chinense tea with Polygonati Rhizona for spring, ginger tea with brown sugar for winter, and etc.”

Tea has been around for thousands of years, speeding across multiple cultures. But what is quite likely is that it originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, according to Wikipedia. Taipei, Taiwan designer Cheng Jie Sung created an interesting packaging design called 喝禮季 “GOOD DAY” which plays on the four seasons of the year and the traditional herbal store.  “It is one of the customs in Taiwan since time immemorial that people use traditional Chinese medicine as nutriment, and it’s also one of the characteristics that represents Taiwan.Therefore, we use the scene and concept of traditional herbal store as the packaging subject of our health-enhancing tea.  By illustrating the 4 procedures of dealing the herbal material which are weighing, cutting, pounding and decocting with small fire, it is also indicated 4 different types of tea. The ingredients will be designed in accordance with seasons, including Lycium Chinense tea with Polygonati Rhizona for spring, ginger tea with brown sugar for winter, and etc.”  Traditional herbal tea packaging2 Tea has been around for thousands of years, speeding across multiple cultures. But what is quite likely is that it originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, according to Wikipedia. Taipei, Taiwan designer Cheng Jie Sung created an interesting packaging design called 喝禮季 “GOOD DAY” which plays on the four seasons of the year and the traditional herbal store.  “It is one of the customs in Taiwan since time immemorial that people use traditional Chinese medicine as nutriment, and it’s also one of the characteristics that represents Taiwan.Therefore, we use the scene and concept of traditional herbal store as the packaging subject of our health-enhancing tea.  By illustrating the 4 procedures of dealing the herbal material which are weighing, cutting, pounding and decocting with small fire, it is also indicated 4 different types of tea. The ingredients will be designed in accordance with seasons, including Lycium Chinense tea with Polygonati Rhizona for spring, ginger tea with brown sugar for winter, and etc.”

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