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Inspired by - Thailand

Thai font foundry – superstore

Posted by rod - 21.09.2012

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I am happy to introduce the Thai font foundry “Superstore” which I recently discovered. The foundry currently has seventeen Thai fonts, nine of them you can buy and four which you can download for free : ). Most of the fonts designed by Superstore come in several weights and feature the latin and Thai alphabet. There is good choice between San Serif and even hand drawn fonts and if you fancy you could commission the guys to design a custom font for you.

If you need more Thai fonts check out the Cadson Demark foundry and if you feel these examples aren’t experimental enough check out this Thaipography post out.

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Inspired by - Japan

Is Japan cool?

Posted by rod - 20.09.2012

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched its latest ad campaign to UK travellers called “Is Japan cool?” The campaign launched earlier this year showcasing Tokyo’s best attractions and now Okinawa has been added. The short films highlight some awesome places and japanese cultures but also lets you voice your opinion about whats cool and whats not on their campaign website.

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Inspired by - India

Tea India

Posted by rod - 13.09.2012

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“Tea India” is inspired by the fusion of tradition and vibrancy of modern India and with 70 years of tea blending experience. The brand has created a truly unique range of authentic Indian teas Cadamom Chai, Black Tea, Vanilla Chai and Masala Chai. Uk packaging design agency Embrace brands developed the brand positioning for launch into the UK market, with a creative idea that encapsulates the energy and vibrancy of India, with the teapot bursting with flavour to convey the deliciousness of these teas.

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Inspired by - Vietnam

Vietnam – Looking into past and present

Posted by rod - 12.09.2012

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Merging past and present Vietnamese images is a great way to see how much and how little things have changed. Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong combines visuals from two eras by holding up a photo from the past in front the same motif of present time. The contrasts of the two eras can be clearly seen through the peoples fashion, architecture, and the development of transportation. via mymodernmet

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Inspired by - Vietnam

Nestle 100 years – Vietnam

Posted by rod - 07.09.2012

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Nestle has become 100 years old in Vietnam and celebrates this occasion with this lovely illustrated animation. The animation features different views of Vietnam, from the paddy fields to the big city and its people who use Nestles products. I especially enjoy the opening sequence of the boy playing his flute on the waterbuffalo.

Agency: Publicis Vietnam.
Director: Manolo Camino
Production: Whiteline Studio
Illustrators: Denis Bodnar, Inocuo, Germán Tejerina, Juana González, Wojciech Magierski
Animation: Tomás Gutiérrez, Asís Merino, Ximo Ferrer, Jesús Gutiérrez, David Velasco, Alberto Bernal, Benjamín Velasco
Modelado: Diego Moya, Antonio Mendoza
Texturizado y rig: Antonio Mendoza
Vfx: Carlos Acebedo, Antonio Barranco
Postproduction: Benjamín Velasco, Glennford Brathwaite, Alberto Bernal
Music: Trafalgar 13

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Inspired by - China

Mr Wong – Chinese Restaurant

Posted by rod - 05.09.2012

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Mr. Wong’s interior design is a mixture between 1930′s Shanghai colonial style and its former occupants Tank nightclub. Its Chinese influences can be seen all over the restaurant with its  bamboo framed French woven chairs, hand-painted murals and traditional china. The Cantonese-style menu features over 60 dishes including Chinese roasted duck, faux Shark Fin Soup and Abalone served Steamboat style, as well as an unrivalled dim sum selection. via wehart

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Inspired by - India

Portraits from India

Posted by rod - 04.09.2012

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Kevin Goss-Ross took some amazing portraits of the people of Varanasi, India. On his Behance site he has an in-depth explanation of his experiences whilst visiting this one of the holiest hindu cities. Once back in Durban, he teamed up with Gareth Bright and Caitline Fay Smith to exhibit their work called ‘Life and Death between Chai’ Check out the video of the opening night.

If you love to see more images of Varanasi check out these Varanasi street art pictures which i took whilst traveling around India

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Inspired by - Taiwan

Taiwanese inspired tea packaging

Posted by rod - 29.08.2012

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Taiwan is one of the most famous countries for tea. Its tea history goes back more than 400 years and with it comes a rich culture. Taiwanese design agency Victor design created the above packaging designs, which was inspired by Taiwanese arts, crafts, and texture.

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Inspired by - India

INDI & CO packaging

Posted by rod - 24.08.2012

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This cool looking Indian inspired packaging design for Indi & Co tonic water was created by Spanish design agency ideologo. The design was influenced by Indian colours, typography and colonial floral patterns that were silk screen printed onto the case and label. Because of the slight imperfection of the screen printing method the product received a hand crafted feel and look which strengthens the human value and authenticity.

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Inspired by - Pacific Islands

Rebranding Fiji Airways

Posted by rod - 23.08.2012

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Everyone dreams of visiting Fiji, renowned for its white sandy beaches filled with coconut trees. What is less known about this beautiful island is the Fijian art, culture and history. The new brand identity of Fiji Airways incorporates all these elements. The coconut brown logo features Fijian traditional Masi art that tells the story of Fiji. Although the logo tends more towards the arty aspect of the nation than the average corporate airline identity, I think that Fiji Airways have gone for the right direction which in turn contributes to strengthen the identity of Fiji.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE FIJI AIRWAYS MASI SYMBOL

“A truly authentic brandmark and logo was commissioned to honour the airline’s proud past whilst celebrating its bright future.

Designed by a local artist, the new ‘Fiji Airways’ brandmark and logo originates from traditional Fijian Masi – a highly respected ancient art form that is woven into the very fabric of Fiji. It embodies the spirit of the nation; it is something pure and hand-made that truly reflects the Fijian people, their culture, and the airline’s transformation.

To create this distinctively Fijian brandmark, the airline engaged celebrated local Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi to create a unique Masi symbol for ‘Fiji Airways’. The new Masi symbol features a series of specially designed motifs that carry individual meanings about the people of Fiji, their relationship with the stunning natural beauty of their islands and the country’s national airline. All the motifs in the new symbol build towards the core of the Masi which features the largest and most important motif – called the Teteva.

The Teteva is the centrepiece of our Masi, and this Teteva will be the symbol which will represent Fiji and ‘Fiji Airways’ around the world. Created by Makereta, the big circle has four crosses at four corners which indicate interconnection, just as ‘Fiji Airways’ connects people to the Fiji Islands. The inner circle reflects the spiritual values of the Fijian people – denoting the culture of caring and looking after each other as a community, just as the airline cares about its nation and strives to improve the quality of life for its people. The middle section of the Masi with sixteen petal shapes reflects people working hand-in-hand to create a stronger nation, just as the men and women of Fiji Airways work as a team to create a stronger airline.”

You can read about the rest of the press release here.

via underconsideration and logodesignlove

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Inspired by - Burma

Branding the Burma Emporium

Posted by rod - 20.08.2012

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Burma (Myanmar) is taking the next step towards Branding. The Burma Emporium will be one of the first brands selling Burmese goods to the western world.

“Burma Emporium’s mission: To highlight to the western world the value of Burmese traditions, skills, craftsmanship & artistry. We do this bycurating a range of professionally presented products. We select our products for their authenticity and uniqueness, but also hope they offer clues as to Burma’s intriguing history and optimistic future”

Ho Chi Minh based graphic designer Scott Lambert and illustrator Andrew Denholm created the branding of the Emporium. The project involved some basic research, brand strategy, followed by brand development, design territories, and then guidelines.

“The brand is based around authentic Burmese cues within the brand mark, typography, and wallpaper. The repeated pattern was influenced by a colonial era Burmese Wallpaper found in the British Museum. 

Andrew recreated it in his own brilliant style, and added a few hidden charms within the pattern – there are 5 spot them if you can. Zee Kwet owls, the silhouette of  the country, a thanaka painted face, a traditional Burmese chess piece (Knight riding an elephant), a temple from Bagan.”

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Inspired by - China

Redesigning Hong Kong’s Tai Cheong Bakery

Posted by rod - 16.08.2012

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Redesigning a product or brand which is legendary is very designers dream.

Chinese design agency Pointblank design were given exactly that task. The Tai Cheong Bakery one of Hong Kong‘s legendary bakery’s, famous for their Chris Patten and egg tart received a updated brand identity and product packagings. With the launch of the new visual identity Tai Cheong also extended it’s product range into different categories from traditional Cantonese snacks to drinks.

 

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Inspired by - Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan photography inspiration

Posted by rod - 14.08.2012

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Sri Lanka, an island which looks like an eye drop that has fallen from India. The 65,610km2 island is stuffed with beautiful tea plantations, old forts, thousands of elephants and men that like to sit on stilts and fish. All of this beauty, Hong Kong based photographer Chris Sorensen captured on his camera.

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Inspired by - Japan

Yo sushi baggage claim

Posted by rod - 08.08.2012

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What do you get when you take the Japanese Kaiten concept and place it into a baggage claim conveyor belt at a Airport? You get the perfect advertising idea for Yo Sushi. London based creative design studio WrightObara came up with the brilliant concept for the restaurant chain.

Here is Tom Buch‘s explanation of the project process:

“I wanted to explore the potential for design and adaptation of the Yo Sushi brand. Their brand is playful, scattered with quirky characters and colour. I think a strong, bold illustration style could help solidify their ideals. More colour, more imagination and more fun. 

I started the process by modelling one of their in house characters, a japanese girl. Inspired by her I started drawing, and developed this Illustration style. A bold and playful world of sushi. I then digitally painted my illustration and broke it down into planes before bringing it back into the 3D software.

At WrightObara we came up with a concept/opportunity. They have restaurants situated in airports, we saw the potential for advertising on the tracks of the baggage claim. The concept was to mimic a sushi carousel. I produced an animation and a working carousel with the dynamics engine in Cinema 4D.”

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Inspired by - Taiwan

Taiwanese tea packaging

Posted by rod - 27.07.2012

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Taiwanese packaging agency Victor Design created the tea packaging for Ming Shui Tang. The main design which is placed on the lid of the black and golden box is made up of iconic buildings and places in Taiwan that come out of a tea pot. Other elements such as the chinese writing and a tea pot symbol are placed on the side panels. To give the packaging the right oriental atmosphere golden bamboo leaves were added around the packaging.

Victor Design also created these awesome rice packaging designs called Eight treasures of Happiness which are worth looking at.

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Inspired by - India

Indian advertising signs

Posted by rod - 26.07.2012

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Although our world has become digital there are still places out there, especially India where you still can experience hand painted advertising sings in large numbers. Gavin Burnetthas created a nice set of Indian advertising signs on flicker which you should go and check out. If you love these you should also check out the Indian Hand painted type project.

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Inspired by - China

CHINA – A Journey To The East

Posted by rod - 25.07.2012

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Sheffield based creative agency The Cafeteria together with illustrator Jonny Wan created the exhibition designs and illustrations for China – A Journty to the East. This touring exhibition by the British Museum is one of a number of exhibitions promoting the understanding between various cultures.

“The primary illustration of the Dragon sits on all the promotional and marketing material from the posters to the banners and is the main indent for the exhibition. The gallery space is divided into five separate areas each delving into the rich past of China’s heritage and thousands of years of innovation.

Separate icons were illustrated to distinguish these areas which will be hung as banners indicating the key attributes of China’s history which is being explored. These areas include “Language and Writing,” “Food and Drink,” “Play and Performance,” “Festivals and Beliefs” and finally “Technology and Innovation.”

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese visual identity Siraoi Suihin

Posted by rod - 19.07.2012

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There is not a lot of information about this Japanese visual identityand packaging project named Siraoi Suihin but I really like it. I especially like the Japanese typeface which is used for the logo. I guess that the company which the design is for is from the northern Japanese island Hokkaido. Japanese graphic design Terashima designed it.

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