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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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Inspired by - Thailand

Khon mask

Posted by rod - 18.07.2012

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Khon is a genre of dance, drama from Thailand that enacts the story of the Ramakien, a uniquely Thai version of the Ramayana, the Indian epic with its tale of gods and demons. The Khon Mask is part of the ornate glittering costume and is made of paper-mache which takes about 10 days to make. A mask is made of up to 20 layers of rice paper or special handmade tissue -thin paper. After the paper layers are dried the finishing decorations is applied, using paint, lacquer, gold leaf shell, and colored glass fragments.

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Inspired by - China

Traditional Chinese Fujian Tulou House

Posted by rod - 16.07.2012

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Fujian Tulou houses are a type of Chinese rural dwelling which can be found in the mountainous region of southeastern Fujian, China. Most of the buildings were erected between the 12th and 20th century.

Dutch photographer Iwan Baan traveled to the region to photograph these fascinating architectural structures and the people who live there.

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Inspired by - Thailand

Thai Pattana Crispy Rolls

Posted by rod - 12.07.2012

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Thai design agency Promt Design designed the new packaging for Thai Pattana, who’s main speciality is their Crispy Rolls. I doubt that the confectionary originates from Thailand but some of the flavors are definitely Thai, such as the Tom Yum Kung or the Foi Tong flavour. The companies logo which was inspired by the Royal Thai barge has also strong connections to Thai culture.

Next time I’m in Thailand I need to get myself a box and see if they also taste good.

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Inspired by - Sri Lanka

Sinhalese script

Posted by rod - 09.07.2012

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Whilst traveling around Sri Lanka this April I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of the local Sri Lankan Sinhalese script. Back in 2010 I already featured a Sinhalese typography post, which is worth a look at.

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese handcrafted typography poster

Posted by rod - 06.07.2012

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I love it when designers experiment with typography. Especially when the written word or phrase has been taken out of its usual black ink on white paper environment. Japanese designer Masayuki Terashima created this awesome hand cut typographic poster for the Ikenobo Sapporo Exhibition. Masayuki is not the first person who I have featured on CreativeRoots who got physical with typography. You should definitely check out these handcrafted typographic posters and this awesome Cardboard signage system.

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Inspired by - Nepal

Honey Hunters of Nepal

Posted by rod - 05.07.2012

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French photogrpher Eric Valli took some amazing photos of the honey Hunters of Nepal. “High in the Himalayan foothills, fearless Gurung men risk their lives to harvest the massive nests of the worlds largest honeybee. The photos were taken in 1987 and still feel quite modern for being that old.

 

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Inspired by - China

Chinese medicine Skateboard

Posted by rod - 02.07.2012

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Chinese designer Zhan Wei designed and illustrated a series of skateboards graphics that are inspired by Chinese medicine packaging designs. In total five skateboards designs were produced by the Chinese skateboarding company “Black Knight”.

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