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Inspired by - Asia-Pacific

South East Asian Kueh illustrations

Posted by rod - 07.11.2013

It all started off as a proposal for a Peranakan restaurant. In the process of drawing the kueh, Lee Xin Li got fascinated by the plethora of kueh from the various cuisines around South East Asia.

For those of you who never heard of Kueh such as me. Kueh is are bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as Southern China. Kueh can be cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries, and are usually made from rice or glutinous rice.

As some of you know, Kueh has many names, kueh, kuih, kway or kue. There are many forms of spelling for each of the kueh from Baba Malay, Malay ,Indonesian to Chinese. Included are some of the alternative names, using their common names as well for the 3 pieces.

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Inspired by - India

Travel Postcards & Posters of Karntaka India

Posted by rod - 06.11.2013

Travel Postcards & Posters of Karntaka India

Ranganath Krishnamani created a series of travel postcards & posters of Karntaka India that represent the glory and spirit of India. Each artwork tells a story and captures the last impression of the indian heritage. It celebrates the countries art of culture in the true spirit, adding a modern classical twist to the way they have been designed.

This series of postcards, posters and coasters celebrates the heritage, culture and the popular destinations in Karntaka, India.

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Inspired by - New Zealand

The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery

Posted by rod - 05.11.2013

The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery

The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery began with a vision by Bill and Ross Spence to revolutionise the New Zealnad wine Industry back in 1969. Now the winery produces 16 different wines from Souvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.

Matua means “head of the family” in Maori, and thus the logo symbol features a stylised tattooed Maori head. The word mark is a simple serif typeface which is slightly altered in the letter “A” to incorporate the Koru fern feature. This feature can be often see in Maori tattoos, art or even on the Air New Zealand symbol.

This simple but distinct Maori feature was also applied onto the quirky heading font which the winery uses for communication purposes.

New Zealand artist and graphic designer Greg Straight who we featured not long ago for is Chelsea Golden Syrup packaging, created the artwork which was used as wallpaper for point of sale and advertising materials on an international campaign.The story of New Zealand’s Matua wineryThe story of New Zealand’s Matua wineryThe story of New Zealand’s Matua wineryThe story of New Zealand’s Matua winery The story of New Zealand’s Matua wineryThe story of New Zealand’s Matua wineryThe story of New Zealand’s Matua winery The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery

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Inspired by - Vietnam

Saigon Illustrations by Tú Bùi

Posted by rod - 01.11.2013

Ho Chi Minh City illustrator Tú Bùi created these lovely illustrations that sum up the Vietnamese city of Saigon. He illustrated Saigon’s Food and drinking culture to its historic and modern architecture. This is not the first time Tú is featured on CreativeRoots, make sure to check out his Hanoi to Saigon calendar illustrations.

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Inspired by - Mongolia

Mongolian eagle festival

Posted by rod - 31.10.2013

Mongolia is a fascinating country with lots of history and traditions. One of these traditions is the annual eagle festival deep within the Altai mountain range. The festival is quite an experience, the Kazakhs of Mongolia who have train their eagles to hunt for foxes and rabbits compete against each other during the festivities. Amongst the prizes to be won are for the fastest eagle and traditional Kazakh dress. Ahmed Zulkamal had the opportunity to experience the festival and took these amazing photos.

via Boing Boing

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Inspired by - Burma

Branding Myanmar

Posted by rod - 23.10.2013

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Myanmar has in the past few years opened itself up in many ways at lightning speed, from tourism to foreign investment. In order to continue its efforts to attract more visitors and investors, the country has started its first ever nation branding initiative. iD created the nation branding campaign – Myanmar LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN in the form of TV commercial’s and a commemorative book that was launched at the World Economic Forum. The commercials showcase some of Myanmar’s top attractions such as the golden rock, Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda and the ancient city of Bagan, in addition young girls wear the traditional yellowish-white cosmetic paste Thanaka. At the end of the ad Myanmar presents its tourism logo. The logo is written in the latin alphabet but the letters are inspired and designed in a Burmese script way which dates back to 1053.

From my own travel experience, Myanmar is a country that isn’t spoilt yet and has some distinct traditions, customs and heritage that are worth exploring. I just hope that they will cherish these unique features.

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Inspired by - New Zealand

New Zealand inspired illustration for Chelsea Golden Syrup

Posted by rod - 21.10.2013

New Zealand inspired illustration for Chelsea Golden Syrup

New Zealand sugar refinery, Chelsea Sugar commissioned Illustrator and design Greg Straight to produce a special edition New Zealand inspired illustration for their golden syrup. The illustration captures the pure nature and culture that surrounds the Chelsea factory.

If you like Greg’s style you should definitely check out the lovely 24 hours in.. illustrations for Qatar airways inflight magazine.

via thedieline

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Inspired by - India

Portraits of Sadhus in India

Posted by rod - 18.10.2013

Portaits of Sadhou in India

The Sadhu is usually referred to as Baba by common people, which also means father, grandfather, or uncle. Most of the Sadhu who have left behind all material attachments live in caves, forests and temples across India and Nepal. Photographer Alexis Pazoumian became aware of the spiritual people and decided to document them. via fubiz

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Inspired by - China

A mobile exhibition of beautiful Chinese items

Posted by rod - 15.10.2013

A mobile exhibition of beautiful Chinese items

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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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Inspired by - Indonesia

Explore Bali with Visa – illustration

Posted by rod - 01.10.2013

Explore Bali with Visa illustration

TBWA, Indonesia where responsible for the creation of the Indonesian ad campaign of the Go with Visa campaign for Visa. The ad agency commissioned Jakarta illustrator Bondan Gail to create the letters go. Bondan hand drew the letters and filled them with various typical and unique features such as the Barong and balinese temples that one encounters when exploring Bali.

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Inspired by - Taiwan

Identity for the Type Directors Club annual exhibition in Taiwan

Posted by rod - 27.09.2013

Taiwan graphic designer Ken-Tsai Lee created the brand identity for the Type Directors Club Annual Exhibition in Taiwan. The Chinese inspired identity received a very distinct and unique type which also serves as the identities graphic element. Enjoy via lookslikegooddesign

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Inspired by - Indonesia

Indonesian phinisi boat transformed

Posted by rod - 26.09.2013

Indonesian phinisi boat transformed

The Indonesian Phinisi boat is a traditional two-masted sailing ship. Phinisi boats are mainly built by the Konjo tribe who live in Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia and would mainly be used for transporting cargo and for fishing. The Italian architect Sergio Supino transformed one of these traditional vessels into a super luxury party yacht called dragoon 130. via designboom

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Inspired by - India

Portraits Of India’s Vanishing Jobs

Posted by rod - 24.09.2013

New York based Indian photographer Supranav Dash has an ongoing photographic project called Margianl Trades that features portraits of India’s vanishing jobs. As modern technology and other means crepes into India’s wider population many of the jobs that have been around for hundreds of years will be disappearing. Since 2011 Supranav has photographed various professions from around the India.

” Trades and professional practices have always been intertwined with the Caste System in India. Each caste and its sub-sets would stereotype an individual and dictate their occupational practice. Since the early 1800’s, people were not allowed to deviate from their fixed professions or they would be outlawed by society, with at the time, social morals reflected ignorance and strong attachment to orthodox beliefs. The tradition of professions and trades being passed down the line from father to son, continued for generations until recently when globalisation and rapid socio-economic change resulted in the problem of enculturation and automation. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction. The modern Indian generation refuses to stick to their ancestral professions and trades; they have become more daring and switch to the more lucrative business possibilities. the abandonment of the traditional practices also result from insufficient incomes, a desire to escape the caste stereotypes, the constant neglect of the privileged classes of the society these people serve, and a government that is not open to social reforms.

Global trends are constantly changing, therefore, in these increasingly frantic times: it’s very easy to gorget our past, culture and traditions. I am not opposed to modernisation, but at the same time, I want to slow things down and force one’s self to recognise and remember the beauty of these analog practices. As a photographer, I want to use my craft to pay respect to these tradesmen and bring them to light.”

via fastcodesign

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Inspired by - China

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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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese paper art exhibition

Posted by rod - 17.09.2013

Paper craft artist Makoto Sasao won this years Japanese paper art exhibition which is hosted by Takeo Paper. Makoto Sasao crated a 3D representation of each hiragana character using a single piece of paper. He named his craft “Togari Hiragana”, meaning pointed hiragana seeing that the character stands up in the shape of a pyramid. via spoon tamago

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Inspired by - Thailand

Thai restaurant swayเสวย

Posted by rod - 16.09.2013

Thai people love sharing food. With this in mind the Thai restaurant swayเสวย created a space that is contemporary, filled with warmth, with the emphasis on the family style eating experience. What really caught my eye was the subtle brand identity that was developed by Föda studio. It reveals itself slowly throughout the restaurant, from the bilingual logo, to the toilet and exit signs. The elaborate, mathematical guillochés mimic the floral complexity of traditional phuang malai (พวงมาลัย) and appear when a coaster is used, matches are opened, or a gift certificate given. The hanging bamboo cages which are turned into lamps are also worth mentioning. via identitydesigned

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Inspired by - India

Domestic violence against Indian goddesses

Posted by rod - 13.09.2013

As we all heard from the news, domestic violence in India is on the rise, especially against women. This campaign by Mumbai ad agency Taproot hopefully will make some of the bad guys think twice. The agency physically recreated scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses. Make-up was used to add bruises and wounds to the models before photographing them.

This is not the first time Indian gods are used to prevent people from doing stuff they should. The campaign for disrupting urination norms in Mumbai was a great success agains people with a weak bladder. I hope the campaign by Taproot will be just as successful. via lookslikegooddesign

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Inspired by - Australia

Discover Australia illustrations

Posted by rod - 12.09.2013

Annabel Trends commissioned Melbourne illustrator Jimmy Gleeson to update the traditional Australian souvenir map called Discover Australia. The illustrated Map had be created so that parts of it could be taken out to be used across a host of homewards and travel goods. The map includes all the elements one would expect to be on it, from Australia’s famous buildings to its unique landscape and animals.

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