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Inspired by - Portugal

New identity for the city of Porto

Posted by rod - 21.10.2014

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Last week I featured the Porto city identity proposal from Atelier Martino&Jaña. Unfortunately it only stayed at a proposal because the White Studio won the pitch for creating the new identity for the city of Porto.

The city of Porto and the city Hall needed a visual system, a visual identity that could organise and simplify communication with the citizens and could at the same time define a clear hierarchy.

 

 

That city could never be an empty entity, or a mere geographic location, restrained by physical boundaries. It is filled with life, with character, with icons and symbols, with habits and ways of living, with landmarks, landscapes and a very particular horizon. It could not be summed up in a few buildings. It is alive, and its identity shouldn’t be fixed or closed. It needed to breathe and grow every day.

 Ancient, Very Noble, Always Loyal, Undefeated City of Porto.

Porto has always been a very passionate city. It has a scale that allows for a relationship of proximity. Here we feel cozy, we feel at home. We develop a feeling a ownership with every landmark, with every street. The city is ours. And with each step we recognize its accent and its attitude.

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The cause is the city. The cause is Porto.

This idea of ownership felt very important for us. This unique home that each one of us finds in the city needed to be represent. Everyone should have their own Porto.

With this idea in mind, one of our first tasks was to understand how others view the city, and what comes out of that observation. It’s obvious and even cliché to identify the big icons like Torre dos Clérigos, Casa da Música, Ribeira, Fundação Serralves, the river. These icons go from the incredible gastronomy to the unmistakable accent of the north of Portugal. The Port wine, the São João festivities, the old and the contemporary, the landmarks and the familiar, the list of “Portos” continues.

For each citizen Porto represents a different thing. If you ask someone “What is your Porto?” the number of answers is endless. We felt like we needed to give each citizen their own Porto. We needed to show all the cities that exist in this one territory.

Thus it became clear to us that Porto needed to be much more than a single icon, much more than a single logo. It needed complexity. It needed life. It needed stories. It needed personality.

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 Porto.

Porto is a city with a strong personality. It has a recognizable attitude that is unmistakably ours. So living along the network of symbols, we needed a brand with a clear message, one that summed up our identity.

The word was enough. In a simple direct affirmation of who we are and what we are. Nothing else but Porto. The city is undisputed, unavoidable, incomparable. It’s Porto.

In the word, in the dot, we visualize the orality of the city. As if the attitude of Porto was just waiting to be revealed. It is the blunt affirmation of what we are.

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Inspired by - Norway

Yggdrasil – Norwegian liquid honey packaigng

Posted by rod - 20.10.2014
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Yggdrasil is a new range of liquid honey from Honningcentralen, the leading honey producer in Norway.
The design is inspired by the stories of the viking gods and norse mythology. It is said that honey drops falls from the leaves of Yggdrasil, the world tree. When the gods held their counsils, they gathered around this tree.
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Inspired by - Portugal

Porto city identity proposal

Posted by rod - 14.10.2014

In June 2014 Atelier Martino&Jaña where invited along with two other studios to create a new city identity for the city of Porto in Portugal. The challenge was that the design studio only had 18 days to complete this colossal task. Despite the short deadline the team responded to the opportunity with great enthusiasm and motivation.

“We’re very passionate about Porto – it’s our hometown and the place where we truly belong. Secondly, because we believe that design is capable of making a much stronger and more intelligent contribution to the city. We believe that visual communication can surpass the sometimes expected aesthetics of branding, and that it has the capacity to help create and to frame dialogue, acting as a mediator between a city and its inhabitants.”

Atelier Martino&Jaña approached the project by looking at the cities history. The city of Porto dates back to the Bronze Age, and has been a key location throughout the history of Portugal.

Deep into our development of the concept it became clear to us that our exploration extended beyond the specific goal of creating an identity for Porto. It inevitably involved asking in what ways is was possible for visual communication to reflect and represent a city – any city.
We had embarked on a journey – a journey that implied more than choosing what vehicle to use – but thinking about the very nature of transportation.

That questioning led us to a philosophy – how we understand identity. In turn the philosophy suggested a methodology – how we have chosen to assemble the visual components for an identity by creating a graphic vocabulary.
Finally, the strategy – how we propose to use that vocabulary.

Those three elements: philosophy, methodology and strategy, form the basis of our approach.

Our idea of a visual vocabulary consists of a rich and diverse graphic lexicon that can be expanded and used in a diverse number of ways. It deliberately embodies a degree of abstractness. It forms the basis of the identity, and addresses all the constituent parts of the city.

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Even though both types of communication resort to the same visual vocabulary, whenever the City Hall communicates, its graphic mark displays an organized layout framed by a shield protecting the city core. On the other hand, whenever the City of Portocommunicates, its identity no longer displays the shield, and can resort to a dynamic and multicolor composition system.

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Inspired by - Norway

Norway’s new banknote designs

Posted by rod - 13.10.2014

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The idea of the banknote originated in China during the Han Dynasty in 118 BC and bas made of leather. Since then a lot has happen, from the way we design banknotes to the material we print it on.

One of the beauties about designing banknotes is the visual story it tells us. Not only does it tell us how much it is worth but also where it originates from, who the local heroes are, its famous landmarks or its national recourses. The Bank of Norway choose the theme “Sea“ which had to be incorporated into each design. The sea is an important part of the norwegian economy, with is rich resources from the oil and gas industry to the fishing industry. But it is also has a right seafaring history.

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From the many submitted entries, eight of them went on to the final round which of Oslo-based graphic design studios The Metric System together with Snøhetta were the winners. The Metric System’s front was choses because it was designed in a very good way so that the necessary security elements can be incorporated.  Snøhetta’s pixel design was chosen for the backside. According to the jury the design is both traditional and modern.

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Inspired by - Spain

Canary Islands tourism illustrations

Posted by rod - 24.09.2014

The Canary Islands tourism Board hired Mads Berg and six other renowned illustrators from seven different countries to help capture the Spanish Canary islands archipelago throughout their own experiences and artistic medium. Each of the artists were given an island to draw. Mads had to illustrate El Hierro.

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Inspired by - Poland

Warsaw Rising

Posted by rod - 22.09.2014

Polish web design agency Bright Media came up with the concept and developed the Warsaw Rising website in cooperation between the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin and the Warsaw Rising Museum for the anniversary of the Warsaw Rising. If you love history, interesting user experience and great design this site is something for you. Learn about the history of the city once known as Paris of the north.

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Inspired by - Spain

Barcelona with an iPhone

Posted by rod - 15.09.2014

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Belgium graphic designer Steven Maquinay traveled to Barcelona, Spain together with his iPhone, as you would do. Along the way he took a bunch of pictures which he turned into cool little Giff animations.

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Inspired by - England

Animated London city guide

Posted by rod - 01.09.2014

Following on from the awesome animated New York city guide. Here is the London city guide. the animation was created by Uk motion designer Al Boardman for Kaplan International. Kaplan asked 535 of their London students what they thought would be a dream day in the English capital. The 8 most popular ones where transformed into a beautiful animation.

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Inspired by - Sweden

Blossa 2013 Glögg packaging inspired by traditional swedish art

Posted by rod - 30.06.2014

Glögg (spiced wine) has been around in Europe since the Middle Ages. In the 1890s, it became a Swedish Christmas tradition. Swedish mulled wine producer Blossa’s history began in 1917 and now sells 11 different varieties. The latest newcomer is the 2013 Blossa. Scandinavian Design Group had the pleasure to work on their packaging design which inspired by Dalecarlia, Sweden.

“The design inspiration for the Dalecarlia (Dalarna in latin) glögg was found in the famous kurbits paintings used for painting the traditional wooden carved Dala horses. Both the red color of the bottle and the blue color of the cork are colors that originate from the area, the Faluröd (Falu-red) and the Dalablå (Dala-blue).”

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Inspired by - Lithuania

Infographic guide to Lithuania

Posted by rod - 26.06.2014

Want to go to Lithuania? Check out this cool Infographic guide to Lithuania. Derby design studio Zazu created it and hopes you will find it useful when planing your trip to the north european country. The infographic includes how to get there. some general facts such as population, currency exchange traditional food, and some of their iconic sights to visit.

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Inspired by - Czech Republic

Prague’s famous Carl’s bridge celebrated on Staropramen Lager can

Posted by rod - 20.06.2014

BBDO created a limited edition packaging design for the Czech Republic Staropramen Lager. The concept is to be able to build parts of Prague’s famous Carl’s bridge if you would drink 4 cans and set them together.

“We needed an idea that reflects Prague’s legends. The Idea. Cans are perfect building material. Everybody knows you can build a lot using cans only. We decided to build the famous symbol of Prague – Carl’s bridge. Every can is a piece of bridge. The Results. The client is planning to after launching in Ukraine & Russia in 20014 to also launch the Bridge edition in UK, Sweden and 4 other European countries.”

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Inspired by - Greece

Ouzo packaging design – taste of Greece

Posted by rod - 18.06.2014

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Greek design agency Dolphins // Communication Design recently developed the packaging design for the Ouzo Mitilini. The agency was commissioned to design five bottle, each featuring a different illustration that embodies Greece.

“The design aims at the differentiation from the competition in the field of souvenirs. Ouzo is one of the defining drinks of Greece, to a point that it is now deemed to be a stereotypical choice. This is the reason why images and symbols which are closely connected to the Greek tradition and culture were used. The tone of the illustration, although inspired by the ancient black-figured vessels, maintains an alternative and vivid code of aesthetics.”

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Inspired by - England

Nostalgic Pembrokeshire coast travel poster designs

Posted by rod - 05.05.2014

London based design agency Hatched brought back the nostalgic travel poster design style with these Pembrokeshire coast national park summer and autumn campaigns. Hatched had to come up with a campaign that would not only promote the park’s natural beauty, coastline and abundant wildlife but also stand out in a competitive marketplace.

 

“The inspiration behind the posters was the style of the travel posters of old. We feel the beautiful vibrant colours and simple sans serif typography produces visually striking posters that still don’t look out of place, even after all these years.”

 

The campaign focuses around key railway stations to encourage people to visit Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

If you like these posters you should check out Andy Tuohy illustration work.

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Inspired by - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo city illustrations

Posted by rod - 24.04.2014

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Illustrator Masina Nina created these lovely illustrations for her home town Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cool thing is that she not only created a dedicated blog about her city illustrations called sarajevodingbats but she also gets them onto tote bags, mugs and other items. Keep up the good work.

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Inspired by - Switzerland

Appenzeller Alpenbitter a Swiss classic

Posted by rod - 10.04.2014

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Emil Ebneter founded the Appenzeller Alpenbitter AG in 1902. He opened a spirit store and created alcoholic drinks which one couldn’t drink anywhere else. One of these drinks was the famous Appenzeller Alpenbitter that  uses a total of 42 selected herbs. The recipe has remained unchanged ever since the beginning and is a well-kept family secret. The drink which originates in the Appenzell canton in the northeast of Switzerland. The label design was inspired by the iconic alpine hut Gasthaus Aescher – Wildkirchli which is situated in Appenzellerland.

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Inspired by - Netherland

Dutch Mafia Project

Posted by rod - 18.03.2014

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The Dutch Mafia font and icon set is a self promotional project created by Michael Nÿkamp

The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was born from my experiences growing up in a Dutch immigrant family in a predominately Dutch community in Ontario, Canada. The letterforms and symbols recall the unique traditions and images of my childhood, including delft pottery, Sinterklaas, oliebollen, wooden shoes, and mini windmills sitting out on front lawns as garden ornaments.

The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was a self-initiated project. I wanted the style to be simple, ornamental in nature, and amusing–the sarcasm with which it illustrates Dutch culture is completely intentional. At its heart, I hope the font and icon set conveys my enjoyment of, and fondness for, Dutch cultural traditions and objects.

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Inspired by - Europe

Interpreting the Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands coat of arms

Posted by rod - 13.03.2014

Russian designer Ivan Belikov created these three illustrations which interpret the Russian, Ukraine and Dutch coat of arms. The main idea was to create an interpretation that would be based on general elements of coat of arms. The illustration has been made according to the description and historical references. I am looking forward to seeing more coat of arms from Ivan in the future.

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‘Most historians agree that tryzub most probably depicts a stylized falcon which according to the Slavic mythology was the Primary god (Pershoboh).’

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DESCRIPTION: ‘Azure escutcheon, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or.’
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MOTTO: “Je Maintiendrai” french for “I will maintain”.

 

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Inspired by - Scandinavia

Visit Sweden & friends illustrations

Posted by rod - 06.03.2014

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These Illustrations were created by Elena Lombardi for Visit Sweden and the other Scandinavian partners for their booth at the international tourism fair in Milan. Each of the Scandinavian countries is represented with their own sights and natural beauties, but all the illustrations tie together in one unique landscape that was printed 4 meters high and 14 meters long.

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