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Inspired by - Thailand

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce packaging

Posted by rod - 27.11.2012

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The Thai Chili Sauce is Apinya signature hot sauce inspired by the flavors of Thailand and made with fresh Thai chilies, roasted red peppers, garlic, and ginger.

The creative team designed the overall brand based on extensive research of Thai cultural design elements and existing Thai food packaging. The brief required that the product be quickly visually recognisable  include references to Thai culture, and focus on details to convey a high-quality product. The label artwork was custom illustrated to reflect a “maximal” aesthetic of Thai design while staying visually balanced.

The octopus character is unique, eye-catching, and real octopus pairs well with the hot sauce itself. A clear label was used to actively exploit the texture and bright color of the sauce as part of the design. The octopus’s tentacles showcase the main ingredients and he even has a mouth full of the sauce if you look closely.

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Inspired by - Thailand

Thai bistro identity – Kha

Posted by rod - 22.11.2012

The Kha Thai bistro identity is not only beautifully designed but it also tells a part of Thailand’s history.

“Kha is a casual bistro serving authentic Thai food including home-cooked selections from the chef’s family recipes and a collection of innovated modern interpretation of Thai Food. Taking cue from the modernization of the classic Thai cuisine, the brand looks to the era of Kings Rama IV and Rama V – the former welcomed westernization in Siam while the latter who had a full western education took the nation to modernization. Archival articles of the Rattanakosin Kingdom during this period were carefully examined and considered for this branding effort. The restaurant is positioned to be atypical from the usual Thai eateries, it is classy and elegant with removal of the superfluous stereotypical Thai ornamental elements.”

Designed by Foreign Policy

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Inspired by - India

Bangalore, India rickshaw animation – For Hire

Posted by rod - 20.11.2012

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A day with a Bangalore, India Rickshaw driver. This is a lovely animation by Berlin-based animator Xaver Xylophon which I recommend you to take a look at.

“Green, yellow, black. They are the blood in the veins of Bangalore: the 450.000 rickshaws and their drivers. Knocked together from bits and pieces, decorated, ready for the junk heap or carefully maintained like antique cars, the vehicles are as charismatic as their owners, who brave the monstrous traffic of this metropolis daringly, sleepy, chattering or stoic, making sure the passanger’s trip from A to B will be full of memorable experiences.

Based on days of riding around in rickshaws and drawings made locally, this animation captures the tough workaday life of a rickshaw driver, seen through the eyes of a European visitor.

Result of a one month trip to Bangalore, India as part of the project “The Law of the Market” at the University of Arts Berlin Weißensee, 2011″

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese design

Posted by rod - 19.11.2012

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Minimalistic Japanese design for Marusho. In 2011 japanese food producer Marusho won the Grand Prix award at the Hiroshima Art Directors Club. Personally I really like the simplicity of the type running down the label. Apart from my own opinion there is hardly any information about the design, why it won and who created it. If you have any info please comment below. Click here for more Japanese art and design.

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Inspired by - Australia

Australian icons of icons

Posted by rod - 16.11.2012

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“Icons of Australian icons, accompanied by their relating iconic Australian catch-phrase.” Designed by Melbourne designer Anna Hatzisavas.

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Inspired by - India

India by train by Steve McCurry

Posted by rod - 14.11.2012

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Sit back and enjoy this journey though India by train. This incredible photographic Indian railway series was shot by award winning photographer Steve McCurry. His photos are captivating, each telling a new story of the people who take these iconic and old trains and the places which they pass. Please also check out his Tibet, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka pictures which are just was incredible.

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Inspired by - China

Chinese gothic typeface by Tao Chen

Posted by rod - 12.11.2012

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Chinese designer Tao Chen designed this fantastic Chinese Gothic typeface whilst studying in Paris. The typeface characteristics is based on the gothic script or also known as “Blackletter” which was and is still is used in some extent in western Europe. It is interesting to see how well the two (Blackletter style and Chinese characters) perform together when merged into one typeface.

Chinese characters number in the tens of thousands and take years to develop. It would be great to see a typefaces such as the one Chen designed it in its full beauty.

I don’t know of any other Chinese gothic typeface out there apart for this one. If you know of any other please drop us a line below in the comment field.

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Inspired by - Japan

Tokyo illustration by Sol Linero

Posted by rod - 09.11.2012

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I love this Tokyo Illustration created by Argentinean illustrator Sol Linero. The illustration incorporates lots and lots of iconic Japanese things such as Sushi, Origami, Geisha, Cherry Blossoming, and so on. If you want to see more Japanese art and design I recommend you to head of the the Japan archive.

What do you like about the illustration and what other Japanese things could of been incorporated?

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Inspired by - New Zealand

New Zealand post packaging design

Posted by rod - 31.10.2012

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New Zealand design agency Designworks developed both the simplified system and packaging design for the NZ Post Simplified Sending.

“The agency commissioned contemporary Maori artist Ngatai Taepa to created a series of illustrative artworks depicting Kaitiakitanga. The kaitiaki is a Maori symbol of guardianship – fitting for a business entrusted with objects of value and significance every day. Use of an iconic black & white colour scheme adds to the cultural resonance of the range.

The result is a clear sense of functionality, accessibility and distinctiveness. The illustrative detail offers an unusual contrast to the utilitarian postal aesthetic – the illustrative and typographic combination and layout neatly mirrors that of a postage stamp, cleverly communicating the combined box and delivery tariff.”

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Inspired by - India

Bengal tiger cover illustration

Posted by rod - 30.10.2012

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This is an awesome illustration covering the story of the Bengal tiger of India and its surroundings. London based illustrator Ray Smith was commissioned by the Fah Thai magazine to created one of their front covers. Ray incorporated flora, fauna, birds, butterflies, boat men and even cocodies which make up the wild cat of India. 

The cover illustration received two awards making it the publisher’s most successful issue ever! So how did Ray come up with his award winning idea?

“the story focused on the the Bengal Tigers of India and the wildlife as well as the people around them, I wanted my illustration to encompass all this and allude to the danger and exclusive nature of the animals. It came together pretty organically and I landed up really enjoying drawing it !”

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Inspired by - Burma

Striking photos of myanmar

Posted by rod - 29.10.2012

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These photos of Myanmar also known as Burma were taken by Bangkok based Spanish photographer David Terrazas. His pictures captured the the landscape and people who have been living under military rule for 50 years.

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Inspired by - Pacific Islands

Fiji airways new livery design

Posted by rod - 24.10.2012

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“The distinctive Teteva Masi, designed by renowned Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi, is at the heart of the new brandmark revealed last month. Featured prominently at the center of the airline’s new brandmark and on the tail of the new aircraft, it represents the friendliness of Fijians’ and their deep caring nature.”

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Exterior motifs: “Makare communicates the new ‘Fiji Airways’ name by evoking the allure of clear water flowing on a white sandy beach. The Rova symbol symbolizes the warm greeting Fijians extend to visitors.”

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Interior motifs: “The Qalitoka motif shows a unity of people to one mind set in executing a given task, while the Kaso Masi represents the canoe that carries villagers, farmers, fisherman and carpenters together for the success of the villages.”

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As mentioned a few months ago in the “Rebranding Fiji Airways“, everyone dreams of visiting Fiji. Seeing the new livery design of Fiji Airways makes me want to go there even more. As the CEO said:

“We knew the exterior design needed to be just as distinctive, unique, and true to Fiji. Our mission was to create a proud symbol that would stand out at some of the world’s busiest international airports, a symbol that would allow us to become the very best ‘Flying Ambassador’ that Fiji could ever have,” said the airline’s CEO.”

“On the aircrafts’ exterior, three Masi motifs will represent ‘Fiji Airways’. The distinctive Teteva symbol designed by renowned Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi, is at the heart of the new brandmark revealed last month. Featured prominently at the center of the airline’s new brandmark and on the tail of the new aircraft, it represents the friendliness of Fijians’ and their deep caring nature. The Rova motif, on the aircraft engine, symbolises the warm greeting Fijians extend to visitors, while the Makare motif, which appears around the border of the Teteva on the tail, evokes the allure of clear water flowing on a white sandy beach.”

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Inspired by - Vietnam

Old photos of Vietnam

Posted by rod - 23.10.2012

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These Old photos of Vietnam where taken by Charles Peyrin during the 1920’s and 30’s. Apart from the country and the photographer there is unfortunately not much information about these pictures.

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese Kanji t-shirts

Posted by rod - 19.10.2012

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Fancy a Japanese Kanji t-shirt and learn the language at the same time? If so head over to weekend.ws Each japanese kanji has its own shape and tells a immediately graphic story. Graphic Designer Damien Rossier is the created of these t-shirts which is an ongoing typographic project.

A few years ago I wrote about the Japanese food type and Learn Chinese with Mandagrams which are very similar to this project and are worth checking out.

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Inspired by - India

Indus Pride – brewed with spices

Posted by rod - 17.10.2012

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Last week we featured the Indian beer packaging of Indus Pride which I recommend you to check out if you like Indian design. This week we have the pleasure to introduce to you their advertising campaign created by DDB Mudra, in Bangalore, India.

The challenge: To convey a premium Indian beer brewed with authentic Indian spices.

The creative solution: Depicting symbols of Indian gourmet food, Indian fusion music and Indian travel using a spice mosaic. Coining the line – ‘India’s Got Taste’, which sums up the product credentials and the emergence of the global Indian with fine tastes in life. Using the negative space of the bottle to imply the category in an otherwise media dark market.”

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Inspired by - New Zealand

Maori Legends carved in light

Posted by rod - 16.10.2012

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Discover New Zealand’s Maori Legends that come alive through Click suite’s fantastic light installation. After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui – New Zealand‘s most travelled Māori meeting house – has been returned to the Ngāti Awa tribe.

“We wanted something that brought the carvings and the stories they represent to life without overpowering them. Click Suite went over and above our expectations, achieving a great mix of old and new, while enhancing people’s understanding of this unique wharenui. Jeremy Gardiner, CEO, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa

When visitors enter the meeting house they are treated to stories about Maori legends – yet done a way they have never experienced before – thanks to the melding of ancient carvings and modern technology. We created “Hiko” (legends in light) – digital carvings which bring alive the stories contained in the house – whilst still being deeply respectful of the space itself. To do that we used video mapping technology to trace part of the interior of the grand Wharenui, onto which we projected imagery and animation.

As part of the experience visitors watch a unique show unfold with light, animation and shadow puppets. These techniques work in unison to highlight the mastery of the carvings, illustrating Ngāti Awa legends and transfixing the visitor in a soundscape of traditional instruments, effects and a master story-teller. The Digital Carvings are a complementary enhancement to the main attraction, which is the Whare itself. We think that the result speaks for itself in the words of the many visitors to Mataatua…”

 

 

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Inspired by - India

Nike Parallel Journeys

Posted by rod - 10.10.2012

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“Nike Parallel Journeys” celebrates the millions of young cricket athletes in India who relentlessly pursue perfection in the sport. No matter where they are or on what field they play. Parallel Journeys features a roster of the sport’s best athletes, parallels the journey of hard work, training and dedication young cricketers take to achieve success. Just as India’s elite athletes do, bringing to life the pursuit of greatness in the many parallel worlds of India’s cricket crazy bloodline that Bleed Blue! Created by JWT India

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Inspired by - Thailand

Infographic of Thailand

Posted by rod - 09.10.2012

Infographics of Thailand

Be fly in Thai is a lovely infographic of Thailand that explaines all the does and don’ts of the land of smiles. For example do not touch a Thai person’s head, It is the most sacred part of the body. Never show your soles and always leave your shoes outside a persons house when visiting. These are just a few advices which you should know when visiting this lovely country.

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