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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

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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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Inspired by - China

Johnnie Walker, Year of the dragon packaging design

Posted by rod - 08.10.2012

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Over the period of this year we have featured a few projects that have adopted the Chinese zodiac, Year of the dragon concept. One of them was the Nike air Jordan packaging design, which is worth a look at. It seams like more and more foreign consumer brands such as Nike or in this case Johnnie Walker try to capture the imagination of the Chinese people and adapt to their culture and history.

British Illustrator Chris Martin in partnership with LOVE created these limited edition Johnnie Walker packaging design to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Each label (Red, Gold and Black) received its own limited edition box with the beautiful Chinese inspired illustration on.

This is not the first attempt for Johnnie Walker to inspired and adapt to the Chinese culture and people to buy their limited edition whisky’s. Last year the company created a limited edition series of Chinese inspired porcelain bottles which were also crated by Chris Marin and LOVE.

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Inspired by - Burma

Lumen – A Burmese, Thai and Latin typeface

Posted by rod - 03.10.2012

Lumen is the first Burmese, Thai and Latin typeface which was created by Ben Mitchell during his MATD year at the University of Reading.

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“Lumen is the product of a year’s study at the University of Reading. It is unique among typefaces in both its scope and its design, taking influence from historic models but equally at home splashed across the pages of contemporary editorial design or set in continuous prose in book design. With its unparalleled support for Burmese, Thai and Latin all conceived together from the outset, Lumen is the first typeface to integrate the three scripts in complementary, stylistic harmony whilst respecting the different heritage of each. It is also fully Unicode compliant, a rarity among Burmese fonts.

Lumen’s character set and range of styles are rooted in the practical needs of complex and hierarchical typography, such as dictionary, editorial and textbook usage.

The design process has been a journey into the past to rediscover the vitality of Burmese text, a journey into complexity to figure out how to translate Southeast Asian writing systems into OpenType code, and a journey into the tiniest details of letterforms and spacing to optimise text typography.

At the same time, Lumen stands for a brighter future for the peoples of Burma and their new opportunities for democracy and international dialogue, in which the worlds of communications, publishing, design and web can support and encourage permanent change.”

If you like this typeface check out these Bilingual typefaces:

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Inspired by - India

Indus Pride – Spicy Beer from India

Posted by rod - 01.10.2012

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India is an alluring picture of diversity and that variety is an essential ingredient of the Indian social fabric. It is seen in our enchanting peoples, enthralling cultures, colourful festivals, the many religions, and in the vast, varying landscapes; not to mention the spectrum of cuisines.

Sabmiller made the Indus Pride beer with authentic Indian spices and herbs. And they did not do it the easy way by adding synthetics, their beers is brewed with botanicals, the real thing and their quartet – Citrusy Coriander, Citrusy Cardamom, Spicy Fennel and Fiery Cinnamon capture the diversity.

The Indian Royal elephant is Indus Pride’s mascot. As a construct, the elephant changes ornamentation and color depending on the nature of the variants, warm colors for spicy variants and cooler colors for the lighter, mildly spiced variants. The Elephant is housed in a dome, inspired by the medieval Indian architecture (Moghul / Rajputana style), a very strong Indian symbol. A unique beer needed a unique bottle, inspired by the Indian Chai glass, the bottles has inward dimples (scoops) that lend it with subtlety and finesse

The packaging and label was designed by Bangalore, India based design agency Foley Designs

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Inspired by - Japan

Kagua beer label

Posted by rod - 28.09.2012

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KAGUA’s art director is a young and energetic artist working in Japan and internationally. His main aim is to create a very simple and well-honed image, while also reflecting Japan’s gentle and meditative nature. Connecting to its guaranteed quality, KAGUA’s logo is inspired by a traditional seal, which Japanese have been using as signatures for centuries.

To showcase KAGUA in the global marketplace, he uses two traditional colors: “akane-iro” (Japanese madder, or deep red) and “gofun-iro” (Japanese ultra-light yellow).

The distinctive bottle and label design, showing simplicity and humbleness that complements any cuisine, is one of KAGUA’s most fundamental values.” via ohbeautifulbeer

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Inspired by - Singapore

Singapore – The Lion City

Posted by rod - 27.09.2012

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This is an awesome time-lapse movie about Singapore – The lion City. Keith Loutit created the film which takes you on a journey though the pulsating city and its wonderful architecture.

“For ‘The Lion City’, the idea behind the extension of the tilt shift technique is for focus and distance to be something the viewer can experience. It also doubles to communicate the constant heat and humidity that hits you whenever you leave the comfort of air conditioning in Singapore.” via fubiz

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Inspired by - China

Forest Treasure SongJianq Tea packaging design

Posted by rod - 25.09.2012

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The packaging design for Forest Treasure SongJianq Tea was inspired by black and white Chinese landscape paintings. The box is designed that it unfolds like a lotus leaf when opening it, revealing its “forest treasure”. The packaging design was designed by subtropics

 

 

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Inspired by - New Zealand

New Zealand tourism posters

Posted by rod - 24.09.2012

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Drift of into the land of Maori warriors, beautiful valleys and pristine islands with these vintage tourism posters of New Zealand. These vintage posters were designed during 1920′s and 1960′s and can be bought here.

Here are 5 tourism posters which you should check out:

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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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