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Inspired by - Spain

Barcelona with an iPhone

Posted by rod - 15.09.2014

Barcelona with an iPhone

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

Ouzo packaging design - taste of Greece

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

Sarajevo map illustration by Masina Nina

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

Appenzeller Alpenbitter a Swiss classic

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

Dutch Mafia Project

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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DESCRIPTION: ‘Azure escutcheon, tryzub Or.’
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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

Visit Sweden & friends illustrations

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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Inspired by - Norway

Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.03.2014

Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design

In modern times Christians all over the world celebrates Christmas. It is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of the Winter solstice, occurring in the northern hemisphere during the coldest season of the year. Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a festive mood. The return of light (life) was a reason to celebrate that Nature’s cycle was continuing.

At this time, the animals for slaughter were the fattest,
flour had been processed,
all the work of autumn was completed,
and it was time to celebrate.

Primstav is the ancient Norwegian perpetual calendar stick. These calendars did not disappear after Lutheranism was introduced into Norway, they merely changed their function and became agricultural almanacs, where the signs representing the Catholic saints acquired new meanings, now related to housekeeping and agriculture.

The division of the year on the primstav was divided into a summer half (April 14th – October 13th , the period of harvesting) and a winter half (October 14th – April 13th, the period of consuming).

Hellstrøm ChristmasAquavit 2013 reaffirms those symbols loaded with an ancient wisdom in the form of a pattern transmitting both a festive mood and a vast heritage connected to nature, farming and conviviality. Production batch of n.6237 gold enameled bottles. The Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design was designed by OlssønBarbieri

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Inspired by - Italy

Territorial Alphabets – Italy

Posted by rod - 03.03.2014

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Thesis Project in Graphic Design by Roberto Picerno
Undergraduate degree in Product Design, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Bari,
January-June 2008
relators: Mauro Bubbico, Nino Perrone

Domestic canvas are common objects of everyday use, and sometimes they are decorated with representation of the territory. This representation is made with typical elements of that specific territory, as natural landscapes, gastronomical products, relevant characters of the past as well as important architectures and pieces of art. These element are part of an alphabet, they become the common language of inhabitants of that territory. This alphabet is defined by the territory itself, selected after decades and decades of community life and sharing. They are a spontaneous self-representations, which called Roberto’s attention as new ways for defining the identity of a territory, in particular the italian regions. Usually these canvases are sold as souvenirs to the tourists in Italy.

Roberto started from this humble and common artifact as a medium for a diffuse and shared visual identity. He  selected some categories and started his research looking for common elements that could define a territorial alphabet. For each relevant element he designed an icon. Roberto took Calabria as pilot region to start a new definition of the regional visual identity.

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Inspired by - Switzerland

Swiss papercutting art applied on Cailler chocolate packaging

Posted by rod - 11.02.2014

Swiss papercutting art applied on Cailler chocolate packaging

Premium Swiss chocolate manufacture Cailler commissioned Swiss artist Ueli Hofer to create a some what different packaging design for Cailler’s Ambassador range. Ueli is a master of the ancient Swiss folk art of papercutting called “Scherenschnitt” in German. Instead of taking beautiful pictures of chocolate which are at the end Photoshoped he took his scissors and a cut out typical swiss motives such as cows, trees and motives in addition to the Maison Cailler building. The end result is a beautiful paper cut packaging design that definitely pops out from the shelf, I guess thats why I found it back in Geneva airport. Check out these two project for more papercutting inspiration. Swiss dark side, and Swiss Hot Chocolate packaging.

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Inspired by - Europe

ABC illustration series of European cities

Posted by rod - 10.02.2014

Japanese illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa illustrated a complete alphabet using the famous monuments from each cities and making a type of hand drawn collage with it. The ABC illustration series of European cities was made as part of an exhibition in Tokyo at the Tokyu Art Gallery in Shibuya. All the letters are drawn with ink and then watercoloured.

Here is the list of the cities:
Amsterdam (Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), Helsinki (Finland), Istanbul (Turkey), Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Kiev (Ukraine), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Naples (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Paris (France), Quimper (France), Rome (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Toulouse (France), Utrecht (Netherlands), Venice (Italy), Warsaw (Poland), Xanten (Germany), York (UK), Zagreb (Croatia)

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Inspired by - Netherland

Amsterdam Railway System map redesigned

Posted by rod - 29.01.2014

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Amsterdam Railway System takes a motif from tulip, the Dutch symbol. With the Centraal Station at the center, lines of tram, metro, and railway spreads out like the stamen and pistil of the flower. The IJssel (Het IJ, river) forms the petals, and layers of fan-shaped canals complete the tulip. Designed by zero per zero via theeuropeanpost

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Inspired by - Greece

Greek packaging design – Nileas

Posted by rod - 27.01.2014

Canadian designer Jan-Guillaume Blais designed the visual identity for an olive oil that comes straight from the Greek city of Nileas. Nileas is also the brand name. The design of the packaging was inspired by the Greek ancient pottery and architecture and not to forget the its national colours blue and white.Greek packaging design - Nileas Greek packaging design - Nileas Greek packaging design - Nileas Greek packaging design - Nileas

 

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