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Iconic landmarks of Thailand

Posted by rod - 22.10.2014

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How many iconic landmarks of Thailand do you know? I know a few but not as many as listed below. Thai graphic designer Chinapat Yeukprasert who also illustrated the guide to Saraburi created these 20 landmarks that represent the characteristics of a thai city. This project is a personal one of Chinapat and in the future he wants to add more to the list.

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Guide to Saraburi Thailand

Posted by rod - 06.10.2014

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Thai illustrator and Graphic designer Chinapat Yeukprasert worked in 2011 together wight he Saraburi Province in Thailand to create a guide to Saraburi. Chinapat created the illustrations, and pictograms which where presented in a brochure brochure and a calendar.

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Thai restaurant swayเสวย

Posted by rod - 16.09.2013

Thai people love sharing food. With this in mind the Thai restaurant swayเสวย created a space that is contemporary, filled with warmth, with the emphasis on the family style eating experience. What really caught my eye was the subtle brand identity that was developed by Föda studio. It reveals itself slowly throughout the restaurant, from the bilingual logo, to the toilet and exit signs. The elaborate, mathematical guillochés mimic the floral complexity of traditional phuang malai (พวงมาลัย) and appear when a coaster is used, matches are opened, or a gift certificate given. The hanging bamboo cages which are turned into lamps are also worth mentioning. via identitydesigned

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Thai city illustration – Phayao

Posted by rod - 02.09.2013

Phayao is a town located in northern Thailand, bordering Laos to the east. Bangkok illustrator Vasupon Sanpanich created a series of illustrations of Thai city.

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Vintage Siamese postcards

Posted by rod - 07.03.2013

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Check out these beautiful vintage Siamese postcards dating back to the 1900. The postcards capture Siamese ballet-dancers performing traditional dances. via songkran

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Singha Beer anniversary label design

Posted by rod - 31.12.2012

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In 2013 Thailand’s oldest and most famous brewery Singha Beer will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Thai design agency Chat-Wa-Lee was asked to create three label concepts for this special occasion. All there concepts incorporate the traditional Singha elements and a 80 years emblem. Personally I second concept best.

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Branding the Grand Palace of King Rama I

Posted by rod - 24.12.2012

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In 2010 CreativeRoots featured the identity of the Grad Palace (Wat phra kaew) in Bangkok, Thailand for the first time. Since then the identity has developed and new images have appeared. The Grand Palace was built by King Rama I and is one of Thailand’s most significant architectural buildings. The complex houses some incredible paintings and sculptures that represent Thai culture and are worthwhile a visit. From the identity I really a like the signage system and the icons of the palace. Each and everyone one of them has a Thai aspect about it that represents a part of Thai Culture. For example the “Go right” or “Go left” signs are represented by a pointing hand. The way the hand is drawn is very common in Thai folklore paintings this also applies to the cloud icon. Bangkok designer Chatchonok Wongvachara was one of the designers who designed the identity.

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Experimental Thai typography

Posted by rod - 10.12.2012

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The Thai writing system is one one of my favourite from all the scripts, alphabets and systems out there. It has 44 consonants 15 vowel symbols that combine into at least 28 vowel forms, and four tone marks. Now for me the alphabet alone looks very experimental. But Bangkok designer Natira Wongpaitoon took it a step further as one should. She experimented with paper, food, and illustration to created some interesting Thai typography. If you enjoyed this post you may also be interested in the Thai banana leaf font or the Thaipography post.

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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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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.”

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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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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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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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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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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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Thai inspired illustrations for the Monocle Mag

Posted by rod - 18.06.2012

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Every now and then the Monocle magazine publishes a country survey or a travel guide, which is inserted as a sub-magazine in the main issue. In the 2012 May and June issues the Monocle magazine featured a Thailand survey and a Thai travel guide which is packed with awesomeness from start to finish. As you can see above, I especially appreciate the Thai inspired illustrations which accompany the articles. The illustrations are created by Matt Lehman, Hey and Satoshi Hashimoto.

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Thai Taxi Talismans

Posted by rod - 21.11.2011

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Strings of beads and amulets hang from rearview mirrors, swaying as the driver negotiates his taxi through Bangkok’s chaotic streets. Statuettes of the Buddha glued to dashboards sit patiently beside flower garlands and beribboned objects. Buddhist ritual patterns adorn the ceilings, and images of monks are everywhere. The author Dale Konstanz has spent over four years documenting the interiors of Bangkok taxis, photographing the iconography and asking what it means to the drivers. In Thai Taxi Talismans, he recollects and ruminates as to the meaning of these mini-altars, accompanied by colourful photographs and the explanations and philosophies of the Bangkok cabby. This book is a cultural study of Thai beliefs, an appreciation of Thai popular design and a document of the daily existence of Bangkok taxi drivers. Meticulously produced by publishers River Books, Thai Taxi Talismans is available now through www.amazon.com and at bookstores worldwide, it’s a fascinating ride.

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Singah Beer party

Posted by rod - 14.11.2011

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Advertising Agency Gertrude from Chicago got the task to create three commercials for Thailands Singha Beer. The ad agency staged 3 parties in Paris, Tokyo and San Francisco and invited 3 artists who painted the iconic golden Singha lion. The word Singha refers to the mythical golden lion which can be found in ancient Hindu and Thai stories.

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