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Inspired by - Italy

Prodotti Tradizionali Italiani – illustrated map

Posted by rod - 15.12.2011

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Antoine Corbineau created another map about Italy. This time he illustrated typical Italian food products into the different regions of Italy. The Italian food map is printed onto a 100x70cm poster. If you’ve been following CreativeRoots for a while you may have seen Antoine’s map of Italian wines which is worth a glimpse. Check out his other works here.

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Inspired by - Spain

Redesigning traditional Spanish wineskins

Posted by rod - 14.12.2011

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Wineskin or also called Bota is a traditional Spanish leather pouch which is used to carry wine and other liquid in it. Jesus Blasco’s wineskins have been around for more than five generations and is still a family run business. The first Julián Blasco Bota bag dates back as far as 1899 in Spain. Don Julián Blasco became the pioneer craftsman of his time. Now more than a century later the family run business is lead by Jesús Blasco who updated the design with nine brightly coloured botas as well as a collection of custom art botas (typically botas are tan or black).

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Inspired by - Norway

Vintage Norwegian sardine tins

Posted by rod - 14.12.2011

Vintage Norwegian sardine tins at the Norwegian Canning Museum

If you are interested in Norwegian vintage Sardin tin design and are near the sea side town Stavanger you should visit the Norwegian Canning Museum. The image above is take from their packaging collection and was found via visualphotos

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Inspired by - Germany

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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Inspired by - Scandinavia

The Sami People by Erika Larsen

Posted by rod - 06.12.2011

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Photographer Erika Larsen traveled to Scandinavia to document the lives of the Sami people. The Sami’s spread across northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Sami’s are best known for their Reindeer herding which you can see in the above photographs.

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Inspired by - England

London Doodles

Posted by rod - 06.12.2011

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If you need some awesome doodles of London this typeface could be the one for you. Featuring London’s most iconic places and objects such as the London Cab, the mind the gap sign and the mini car for $29 this collection could be yours over at youworkforthem

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Inspired by - Spain

Monocle Spain illustrations

Posted by rod - 30.11.2011

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Barcelona based Heystudio created these lovely illustrations featuring Spain for the global affairs, business, culture and design magazine Monocle.

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Inspired by - England

London – Converse map

Posted by rod - 29.11.2011

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London-based Brazilian graphic artist João Lauro Fonte created a typographic map of London for Converse.

“Converse has just released  a map of London we did for them, with some of the city’s hidden treasures. Since the get-go, the idea was to create a typographic version of London that people would want to look at, peppering it with some illustrations here and there and filling with awesome off-the-beat attractions. It took me quite a long time to build this piece as I had to put it together letter by letter (there’s more than 600 in it) and I need to thank James, Keith, Kevin, Amy and Camila for all their help. Urban Junkies teamed up with Converse and are now offering a high-res printable version of the map here. Download one and get exploring.”

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Inspired by - Netherland

Dutch Culture Centre Shanghai

Posted by rod - 25.11.2011

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The Dutch Culture Centre is an initiative of the Netherlands China Arts Foundation (NCAF) that was established in 2006 to stimulate and shape cultural exchange between China and the Netherlands.

Studio Dumbar developed an event style for the ‘Dutch Culture Centre’. The logo shows the silhouette of the Culture Centre in white against colorful tulips, a typical Dutch icon. The festive style will be applied on various graphic items.
The ‘Dutch Culture Centre’ offers a diverse cultural program that will take place in down town Shanghai alongside ‘Happy street’, the Dutch pavilion at the World expo 2010. The program will last for six months and will be predominately focused on a Chinese audience. The communication will be bilingual, both in Chinese and English.

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Inspired by - Denmark

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – identity

Posted by rod - 22.11.2011

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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation is the name of Denmark‘s new creative institution of higher education.

As part of a branding workshop I was asked to pitch a new identity for the merging schools which clearly signals the spirit and the values of the new organisation. The solution also had to include the need of individual profiles and different educational directions of the three schools.

The result is four minor logos (one for the organisation and one for each of the three schools) which combined creates a merging logo. A display typeface was also developed. Designed by Daniel Siim

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Inspired by - Scotland

Ness Scotch whisky packaging

Posted by rod - 14.11.2011

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Barcelona design agency Puigdemont roca designed the new minimalistic whisky label for NESS. The design team striped away all unnecessary decoration to keep the label simple, on point and distinct. All you need to know is the name, Scotch Whisky and the illustration of the Loch Ness Monster the rest your imagination will fill in to tell you that this product comes from Scotland.

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Inspired by - Mexico

Corona in Switzerland

Posted by rod - 07.11.2011

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This Corona commercial is a great cross cultural mix, that merges Swiss and Mexican cultures together.

The commercial goes as follows: In the clock obsessed country a Corona truck stops near a clock repair shop. As the tuck stops, all the cuckoo’s clocks stop too. After a second or two all the clocks start working again but they start singing the La Cucaracha song that became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. The truck continues thorough the country and where ever the truck passes by the clocks or people start singing the song. Thanks to Walliman Emanuel for the tip.

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Inspired by - Denmark

Danzka Vodka packaging

Posted by rod - 01.11.2011

Danzka Vodka packaging

Dutch design agency Cartils created this limited edition vodka for DANZKA. The aim was to reinforce the vodka brand’s Danish roots. A minimalist and simple design approach was applied by implementing the Danish flag onto the bottle, creating impact while expressing the brand’s iconic Danish style.

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Inspired by - Iceland

Iceland – Midnight Sun

Posted by rod - 31.10.2011

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“Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.”

This short time lapse film was shot by Scientifantastic during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.

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Inspired by - England

The Manchester Cultural Calendar 2011

Posted by rod - 28.10.2011

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The Manchester cultural calendar 2011 was Illustrated by Fernando Volken Togni. As you may have noticed from previous posts I absolutely love Fernando’s illustration style. I hope there will be more work featured on CreativeRoots in the future.

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Inspired by - Spain

Mapped out Lanzarote, Spain

Posted by rod - 18.10.2011

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Bristol based freelance illustrator Own Davey mapped out a bunch of countries in this case Lanzarote (Spain). The illustrations feature key elements of the country. Make sure to check out Guatemala, Vietnam, Cuba and Kerala (India).

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Inspired by - England

A-Z of Liverpool and Merseyside

Posted by rod - 14.10.2011

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The basis for the range is an A-Z of Liverpool and Merseyside, which was a real labour of love for Andy. Elements of the A to Z have been adapted and applied to other range items such as the mug and bag, which in turn have become designs in their own right. There have been many changes over the last few years in Liverpool so Andy and Olivia had to incorporate some of the more traditional landmarks, such as the Liver Birds, ferry and docklands, with more recent additions such as the shopping centre ‘Liverpool ONE’, the ubiquitous ‘Superlambanana’ and the beautifully carved Chinese Arch. The A to Z also includes some lesser known nuggets of information such as the fact that ‘Meccano’ originated in Liverpool and that Everton F.C.’s nickname is derived from Everton Mints with their chewy toffee centres. The goal  has been to create a fun, informative, and decorative range that celebrates Liverpool and the Tate.

Andy Tuohy has designed this new range celebrating Liverpool exclusively for Tate.

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Inspired by - France

Traditional French waffle wafers

Posted by rod - 11.10.2011

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Gaufrettes Amusantes are traditional French waffle wafers that have adapted a humorous twist on their cookies. Written in either standard French or in Northern France’s Picard dialect each cookie reflects a witty, working class community. Everyday sayings such as “Allo Cherie” (hello darling) and “Cha n’vaut pas un pet d’lapin” (it’s not worth a rabbit fart) add a touch of charm to morning tea or dessert.

The recipe developed by Comptoir des Flandres dates back to 1894 and comes in vanilla, chocolate, chicory, hazelnut and raspberry varieties. via coolhunter

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