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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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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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