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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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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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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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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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Chinese Teassert packaging design

Posted by rod - 22.04.2014

Chinese Teassert packaging design

The Chinese Teassert packaging design was designed by Toronto design student Lily Kao.

The origin of Dim Sum is linked to the tradition of Yum Cha – tea tasting. The earliest tea houses originated in Guangzhou, China. They were a lot like diners: small, roadside establishments that served tea along with a bit of sustenance for weary travellers or rural workers. People later discovered that tea can aid in digestion.

Therefore, teahouse owners began to add more snacks to the food selections. Teassert is a look-a-like food package that incorporates the idea of Dim Sum into packing tea leaves (Oolong tea and Pu-Erh tea) and snacks (dark melon seeds and roasted peanuts). The package itself has multiple re-use functions, including Siu Mai recipe, book marks, coasters, and usable bamboo steam baskets for cooking. The package instruction includes two languages – English and Mandarin.

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Mingren Mingyan Chinese tea packaging

Posted by rod - 09.04.2014

Mingren Mingyan Chinese tea packaging

The Chinese tea Mingren Mingyan originates in the Fujian Province, near the Wuyi mountain. This area is also the root to Chinese tea culture. Translated the name ‘Mingren’ means tea maker or the man who sampling tea; ‘Mingya’ means the geographical location of tea growth and the special conditions of the land that gives rise to the unique flavor of the tea produced.

This Chinese tea packaging was designed by Beijing design agency One & One design. According to thedieline the design of the MINGYIN tea collection is as followed:

“The design of the word ‘Ming’ is inspired by an ancient form of Chinese art – rock rubbing. It is also representative of the Chinese culture, linking tea growth to China’s history. In content, ‘Ming’ could be loosely translated to ‘well-known’, again the two collections are tied up in a subtle way.

In the design of the logo, we have highlighted ‘艹’ (grass) of the word ‘茗’ and ‘山’ (mountain) of the word ‘岩’. It is only in the wild nature, between the heaven and earth, may we find the best tea plantation.”

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Chinese poetic typography

Posted by rod - 24.02.2014

Beijing typographer Liam Lee likes to take Chinese poems and turn them into beautiful typographic pieces. In this case he took a poem of probably China’s most famous poet Li Bai (Li Po).

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Shanghai Po Po 336 Restaurant Identity

Posted by rod - 14.01.2014

Shanghai Po Po 336 Restaurant Identity

Inspired by the gorgeous yet warm atmosphere of the dining room in a Shanghai villa, of Shanghai Po Po 336 is a modern and chic restaurant serving luxurious home style Shanghai cuisine. 336 symbolizes the number plate of Grandma’s house (Po Po means Grandma), and has similar pronunciation as Xie Xie Nong in Shanghai dialect, meaning to say Thank You to families or customers. The restaurant identity is a mixture of Mandarin and English, illustrations, symbols, logos. Designed by Ken Lo

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A mobile exhibition of beautiful Chinese items

Posted by rod - 15.10.2013

A mobile exhibition of beautiful Chinese items

MADE IN CHINA
A mobile exhibition of beautiful Chinese items

‘Made in China labeled products around the World are often associated with poor manufacturing. However, the everyday living of the people of China is surrounded by a multitude of timeless, durable & sustainable carefully crafted items. MADE IN CHINA exhibition put on display twenty-four of these objects during the Beijing Design Week as a reminder that quality, beauty and good design can be found just around the corner.

Each of the twenty-four items in the collection are floating inside a white plastic box, treating them as precious design pieces. The boxes are clamped together in order to create a cluster, recalling the Chinese custom of carrying a multitude of things of any means of transportation.’

Curator: Alexandra Georgescu
In collaboration with: Jimi Chen
Architectural solution: SWAG Architects

 

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Love Guangzhou 愛廣州 – experimental typography

Posted by rod - 18.09.2013

Chinese designer based in Guangzhou Lok Ng wants to attract more visitors to his beloved city, Guangzhou. Using his typo talent he created 16 posters each with its own experimental typography that features a different part, street or building of the city.

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24 hours in Chengdu

Posted by rod - 11.09.2013

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The capital of the Panda bears is with no doubt Chengdu. If you need more reason to visit the Chinese city then you should read the 24 hours in Chengdu article in the August Oryx inflight magazine by Qatar Airways. Patrick Hruby created the inspiring illustration which captures some of the cities and surrounding sight. Patricks illustration features the notable temples which are dotted around the skyscrapers, its traditional tea culture, not to forget 2 pandas, red dragons, Chinese lanterns and much more.

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Tang Shipeng portfolio | China

Posted by rod - 13.06.2013

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Shanghai, Chinese freelance designer Tang Shipeng has a broad design portfolio ranging from Typography, Posters, Packaging to identity design. I especially like his experiment typography work.

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Learn Chinese with Chineasy characters

Posted by rod - 06.05.2013

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If you ever wanted to learn Chinese and never got around to doing it or felt it was to difficult this could be your chance. Chineasy is a project by Shao Lan who has developed together with illustrator Noma Bar an easy to understand Chinese character set. As you can see in the images above, each character incorporates an illustration which reveals the meaning of it.

“Over the past two years, I have deconstructed nearly two thousand of the most frequently used Chinese characters and identified the top one hundred ”components”. These components are similar to the different shapes and sizes of LEGO® bricks. To create more characters, you just need to combine two or three (and sometimes four or five) of these components together.”

If you have been following CreativeRoots since 2010 you may remember the Mandagrams project which is quite similar. If you haven’t, I recommend you to check out part 1 and part 2

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Made in China Rice packaging

Posted by rod - 26.04.2013

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China is well known for its assembly lines, manufacturing of goods, and a nation that exports lot rice. Design student Yoav Gati recently created a new kind of rice packaging called Made in China. Instead of placing a design onto a conventional rice bag Yoav was inspired by Chines assembly line’s. 15 packaging tubes were designed each with a slightly different design. Rolling the tubes reveals the message Made in China in big capital letters ,check out the video. via theeieline

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Hong Kong traditional Chinese architecture exhibition identity

Posted by rod - 10.04.2013

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Traditional Chinese architectures is special among historical buildings in Hong Kong. It isn’t only because of the historical value and the artistic architectural style, but also the manifestation of the Chinese spiritual life – the pursuit of luck, fortune and happiness. TGIF were asked to design the identity and promotional items for the Hong Kong traditional Chinese architecture exhibition. The visual graphic elements and the typography was created by the details of traditional Chinese architecture, which was implemented on different applications.

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Chinese restaurant interior design fook yew

Posted by rod - 06.03.2013

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This Chinese restaurant doesn’t not only have a young interior design style but also a cheeky name. Fook Yew is a vibrant, colourful and funky traditional Chinese eatery inspired by the streets of Schanghai, set in an old fashioned Chinese pop-style canteen. The restaurant has lots of fun interior pieces such as the the red lanterns, the rickshaw, and all the cool modern posters. If you fancy paying a visit to Fook Yew, head to Jakarta, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda. via weheart

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Tian’anmen inspired roof typeface

Posted by rod - 01.03.2013

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The roof of the Tian’anmen inspired visual designer Dan Cheng to create a typeface with concealed subversive potential. The typeface is based on the roof tiles of Tian’anmen itself. Then Dan created a short text which then returned to the original building, proposing it as a public art work. Appearing like an unobtrusive patterning of the roof, on closer inspection the audience discover it to be revealing sensitive information: In China, because of unregulated construction some historic buildings have been replaced with inferior replicas.

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24 hours in Beijing

Posted by rod - 18.02.2013

24 hours in Beijing, China, illustration by vinay Chhana

What would you do if you had 24 hours in Beijing? Qatar Inflight Magazine Oryx gives you some useful suggestions how to explore the city, and how to get the best experience out of your time in the Chinese capital. Vinay Chhana created the lovely illustration which features some of the cities iconic buildings such as the CCTV towner. But also more general Chinese icons appear in the illustration, the Panda and the Great Wall.

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