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Brand identity concept for the city of Düsseldorf

Posted by rod - 30.08.2013

German design studio Betty and Betty was one of five design agency invited to develop the brand identity concept for the city of Düsseldorf.

Although BBDO won the pitch I quite like the approach of Betty and Betty. As we all know, the result of a city is what happens in it. Through the cities people, its institutions, geographic location and its history a city is formed without standing still. A city is diverse, dynamic and is only really attractive in contrast to companies through opposites. A city is diverse, dynamic and comes to life through its contrasts in contrast to companies.

For these reasons Betty and Betty’s city concept focuses and highlights the diversity of Düsseldorf. The logo not only acts as the “signature of the city” but also as the main communication element and consists of three pieces. The anchor and the lion originates from the the historic coat of arms. These two elements first and foremost symbolise the characteristics of Düsseldorfs history and traditions as well as the it’s strength. The third visual element is a component that is variable and adapts to the different communication concepts, without losing the look and feel of the overall logo.

The communication concept is also meant to include the citizens, next to the cities institutions, and Düsseldorfs events, they are the biggest brand ambassadors. The brand identity not only works on the classic merchandise products, but also includes through its divers setup enough flexibility to be integrated into the cityscape.

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Germany map and icons for the Monocle Magazine

Posted by rod - 12.07.2013

With a population of over 80 Million, Germany is sprawling central european country. Barcelona design studio Hey studio created they below Germany map and icons for the Monocle Magazine article “Boring is banished”.

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24 hours in Berlin – Germany

Posted by rod - 19.06.2013

24 hours in berlin, Germany illustration by Patrick Hruby

Each month Qatar’s inflight magazine Oryx features a 24 hours in… article accompanied by a lovely illustration that represents the city. In the June 2013 issue the focus is on a comprehencive 24 hours in Berlin guide. So what would you do if you had 24 hours in the German capital? 

“Berlin is much more than the wall that divided it 40 hers ago.”

As you can see in Patrick Hruby’s illustration there is a ton of things to do and see. One of the best ways I feel to see the city is by bike. Not only do you exercise but you also get a better sense of direction absorb the culture, history and you will feel like a local. Sights you shouldn’t miss out are the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Oberbaum bridge, all the lovely museums and of course the Berlin Wall.

If you do visit, don’t forget to eat a curry wurst. Also check out the 24 hours in Munich illustration

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Nordrhein Westfalen map illustration

Posted by rod - 19.04.2013

Nordrhein Westfalen map illustration

Nordrhein Westfalen is Germany’s most densely populated state with around 17.8 Million people living in the area. The state is also the fourth biggest. To give you an overview of all the cities and places, German illustration studio The Hunam Empire created a map for Die Zeit that features famous buildings, places, events, product and traditions of the area.

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Uniting Latin American and German cultures

Posted by rod - 20.02.2013

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Artists from Colombia, Venezuela and Berlin crated Berlin’s largest graffiti, called “Riot of colors” (Insurrecion de Colores) on the side wall of the Mercure Hotel. The mural incorporates a bunch of Latin American and German motives: Aztec sculptures, Jaguar, Subway, Indian princess, and the berlin television tower are just some of them. It took Interbrigada over one month to paint the over 600 square meter mural.

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24 hours in Munich

Posted by rod - 18.02.2013

24 hours in Munich, Germany, illustration by Patrick Hruby

What would you do if you had 24 hours in Munich, Germany? Qatar Inflight Magazine Oryx gives you some useful suggestions how to explore the city, and how to get the best experience out of your time in the Bavarian capital. Patrick Hruby created the lovely illustration which features some of the cities iconic landmarks such as the Frauen Kirche, the TV tower but also Bavarian famous folk dress and food.

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Illustration and design devoted to Germany

Posted by rod - 13.02.2012

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Beautiful illustrations of Germany which were published in the Italian IL – Intelligence in Lifestyle issue number 38 (ILSole 24 Ore). 

Italian design agency La Tigre created in total 34 illustrations, took 10 portraits, 11 gothic dropcaps, 2 special pages and 1 map + 12 icons. The design studio did a good job on created a visual language that represents Germany through its colours, symbols, brands, history and icons.

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Berlin city poster illustration

Posted by rod - 09.01.2012

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St. Petersburg freelance illustrator Xenia Bystrova created a four poster series of Berlin, AmsterdamHelsinki and Copenhagen. This is the Berlin poster which features iconic places, buildings and objects, such as the famous Brandenburger Tor, Fernsehturm and the Berlin Dom (Cathedral).

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16 Vintage German Lebkuchen Tins

Posted by rod - 07.12.2011

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Lebkuchen or also known as Pfefferkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas treat. Dating back as far as 1296 in Ulm and 1395 in Nürnberg the Lebkuchen is truly part of German history. With the Lebkuchen also came the Lebkuchen tins which you can see above. These vintage Lebkuchen tin designs date as far back as the late 19th century, spanning various artistic movements in history. Not only were these tins beautifully decorated, but they also preserve the fragrance and flavor. Nowadays these vintage Lebkuchen tins have become collectors’ items and are famous all around the world. via leckerlee

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Vintage German travel guide cover designs

Posted by rod - 20.07.2011

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If you are into your vintage travel posters this collections of German vintage travel guide cover designs should tickle your fancy. via travelbrochuregraphics

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Berlin Posters

Posted by rod - 27.05.2011

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A selection of Berlin, Germany poster designs. via showusyourtype
I really like the Currywurst poster which one do you like best?

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German travel posters

Posted by rod - 24.02.2011

A series of vintage German travel posters. via internationalposter

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Front cover travel guide to München

Posted by rod - 02.02.2011

Two 1960’s front cover travel guides to München, Germany

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Abstract struct – Berlin

Posted by rod - 12.11.2010

Abstract struct – Berlin illustrated by Philippe Nicolas

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The German Deutsch Mark

Posted by rod - 09.11.2010

5 Deutsch Mark: Bettina von Arnim (1785-1859). She was a poet and her works belong to the German Romanticism. She became famous after publishing her correspondence with J.W. Goethe

5 Deutsch Mark: Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

10 Deutsch Mark: Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). German mathematician, astronomer and physicist with a very wide range of contributions

10 Deutsch Mark: Sextant, Nautical instrument. The instrument was used to determine the position of a ship based on the position of celestial bodies, such as the moon or the sun

20 Deutsch Mark: Anna (Annette) von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848). German poet and writer. In the background pictures of buildings from a German medieval town

20 Deutsch Mark: Feather – the sign of poets and writers

50 Deutsch Mark: Balthasar Neumann (1687 – 1753). German architect of the baroque era. In the background pictures of baroque buildings

50 Deutsch Mark: Architectural drawings and examples of Balthasar Neumann’s baroque architecture : the Abbey of Neresheim and the stairway of the Würzburg palace

100 Deutsch Mark: Clara Schumann (1819-1896). German composer and the most famous pianist of her time. In the background pictures of buildings of Leipzig – the town where Clara is born

100 Deutsch Mark: Concert piano. In the background picture of the Koch music conservatory in Frankfurt

200 Deutsch Mark: Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). German professor of medicine, who developed several new drug and researched cancer. In 1908 he received the Nobel Prize

200 Deutsch Mark: Microscope. This magnifying instrument takes up the theme from the frontside of the note, insofar as it is heavily used by medical researchers.

500 Deutsch Mark: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) German painter, especially focussed on natural topics

500 Deutsch Mark: Drawings and engravings of Maria Sibylla Merian : Dandelion with butterfly and larvae

1000 Deutsch Mark: Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) and Jacob Grimm (1785-1863). German language scientists and collectors of cultural and linguistic items


1000 Deutsch Mark: German dictionary (created by the Grimm brothers) and the King’s library in Berlin, where the Wilhelm and Jacob worked for a long period of time

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My first book of Bavaria

Posted by rod - 24.09.2010

“My first book of Bavaria” is a great book for my younger readers who would like to know everything about Bavaria. The book presents 20 pages of Bavarian culture and habits. You can get your copy here.

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Adidas & Crooked Tongues created for the Oktoberfest

Posted by rod - 22.09.2010

I just stumbled across the 2009 München Oktoberfest sneakers which Adidas & Crooked Tongues created. The Materials and aesthetics are typical for the Bavarian region. They included the Bavarian coat of arms on the tongue, an embroidered Edelweiss on the side and matching metal tipped laces.

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The Lufthansa Oktoberfest website

Posted by rod - 20.09.2010

German airline Lufthansa has developed a special website for this years Oktoberfest and as you can see the site is everything from a beer tent to the famous Bavarian dirndels and lederhosen. You can go around and play a couple of games and share the points with your friends on Facebook or get some tips about the Oktoberfest.

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