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Inspired by - England

New Made in Britain logo

Posted by rod - 16.01.2014

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Made in Britain is nonprofit organisation that was fist launched in 2011 by British cooker manufacturer Stoves. The company gathered around one thousands business that would promote products made in the UK. In 2013 London based branding agency The Partners were commissioned to redesign the logo which student Cynthia Lee first designed.

 “Taking inspiration from the Union Flag, the new marque works as a directional device as well as a logo in its own right and has been designed to work across a range of media, materials and sizes to ensure it can be used by manufacturers of a wide range of products. It has also been designed to be localised by county or region.”

via logodesignloveunderconsideration

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Inspired by - France

France&Co Wine packaging

Posted by rod - 15.01.2014

France&Co Wine packaging

 

With an ironic and iconic look: the box became a guillotine and the colours of the French flag served to reinforce the identity of the wine. Both labels feature parts of paintings that have become well known for portraying the French Revolution (from Eugène Delacroix and Jacques-Louis David).

 

These iconic French wine packaging designed were created by Spanish design agency Grantiopo. via packagingoftheworld

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Inspired by - Slovenia

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

Posted by rod - 03.12.2013

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

London based Illustrator and graphic designer Mikaela Lilhops created these minimalistic illustrations of Slovakia. Travel through a landscape that you were not even aware existed.

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

Stone Square, Bratislava, Slovakia

It’s not by accident that Stone Square in Bratislava has been translated to Stone Square. Many years ago, when department store named Prior was prior to be opened, a stone from space landed unexpectedly in the middle of the square at 10am, and remains there until now. Many years passed and it became a meeting point. In the background we can see Hotel Kiev which, they say, will not be there for much longer. That’s why we can call this painting “historical”.

 

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

Chamois TV Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia

Tallest tower in Slovakia, Chamois, was build with intention of catching signals from outer space. Even now it is a place that ufologists from whole wide middle Europe attend once a year for annual tent symposium.

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Hotel Patria, Strbske Pleso – a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin, Slovakia

It was spring of 1964, when a young british actress Julie Christie (then still very little-known) was in this hotel on a leisure stay. After she took a bath in the lake in front of the hotel, she got an offer for a role in the movie Doctor Zhivago, which made her famous. Therefore we can see a ladder–symbol in the landscape painting, which symbolizes the rise.

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Tatralandia, High Tatras, Slovakia

Well known swimming pool and sauna paradise surrounded by mountains, used mostly in summer. Only a chosen few know that there is a colored flamingo that shows itself next to one of the pools. And it has been showing itself for years, to those who accidentally have a sip of water from that pool.

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Slovnaft, Oil refinery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Trip with adventure. Plan a romantic evening for two – balloon flight over the flashing Slovnaft.
Chance to order dinner on board.

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Central Train Station, Bratislava, Slovakia 

A building made of metal sheet, a japanese-villa-look-alike, will greet you upon train arrival. The legend says, that anybody who sit down on this bench in front of the station, will have all personal belongings teleported immediately and contactless to unknown places within seconds. Wanna try out?

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Train Station Poprad – High Tatras, Slovakia

This unique view on sensitively planted concrete jungle in front of Tatras can be spotted from train window on the train station Poprad – Tatry. Recommended for tourists that love contrast of nature and concrete.

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Beautiful Mountain’s Bus Stop, Paradise of Housing Blocks, Bratislava, Slovakia 

On first glance, an ordinary bus stop next to a news stand. But if you miss the bus, a magickal bearded grandpa will approach you and you will witness a sleight-of-hand coin disappearance.

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UFO, New Bridge, Bratislava, Slovakia 

Bratislava’s legendary UFO on New Bridge was built in honor of a Synagogue that was destroyed by real UFO in the 80’s of 20th century. Construction on the bridge shows UFO during the operation.

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Nuclear Power Station, Mochovce, Slovakia

Past, future and infinity. Village next to Mochovce had to make place for nuclear power plant. All that was left untouched, is it’s previous dominant feature – a church, which is now a beautiful asset to power plant panorama.

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Mister

The legend has is that when you rip out three silver hairs from mister’s mustache, you’ll be granted one wish.
The similarity with the Slovak president is entirely coincidental.

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Inspired by - England

Sweet View – Limited edition drawings of London by Jack Noel

Posted by rod - 19.11.2013

 

Sweet View - Limited edition drawings of London by Jack Noel

These are sweet looking London borough drawings by Jack Noel. The colourful illustrations of Borough Market in Southwark, St Leonards Church in Hackny to the Hammersmith bridge in  Hammersmith & Fulham are all limited edition A2 posters which are available over at sweet view. via thefoxisblack

If you love these illustrations check out these London borough map illustrations by Kerry Hyndman

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Inspired by - Scandinavia

Norse inspired vodka packaging – Vargold Vodka

Posted by rod - 11.11.2013

Norse inspired vodka packaging - Vargold Vodka

With Thor in the movies this Norse inspired vodka comes at the right time. Vargold Vodka is a fictions brand invented by UK based illustrator Matt Taylor together with I Love Dust. The brand’s name Vargold is the name given to the end of days – or wolf age – in Norse mythology.  The four bottle designs feature; Odin and his raven, Vidar battling Fenrir, and the unnamed eagle atop Yggdrasil – the world tree. There is something special about using illustration on packaging design which I would say stands out on the shelf.

Also check out Matt’s awesome Austria illustration for Global Blue (second down).

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Inspired by - Sweden

New nation brand identity for Sweden

Posted by rod - 08.11.2013

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The Government of Sweden asked Swedish design agency Soderhavet to created the new nation brand identity for the country. The brief was to get all the organisational identities of Swedish ministries, agencies and corporations under one umbrella identity.

“During the design process, Soderhavet grappled with many questions, including: Which symbols best represent a country? How do we design a unified identity for use in extremely divergent contexts and on wildly different scales? Which parts of an identity should always be used, and which parts only in the right context? And how do we clarify when an organization is speaking on behalf of Sweden?

The solution was to develop a hierarchy of identity carriers.

“We placed two obligatory elements at the apex: The Swedish flag, in the exact proportions and colors used since the 17th century, and the textual mark ‘Sverige’, accompanied by a local translation for the country’s name. On the second rung we placed those elements which should be used if the medium allows it: A specially commissioned font face, Sweden Sans, to further differentiate the textual marks, and two principal colors — the gold and blue found on Sweden’s flag.”

What do you guys think about the new Identity of Sweden?

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Inspired by - France

Paris versus New York illustrations

Posted by rod - 04.11.2013

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French graphic artist Vahram Muratyan created these lovely minimalist and colourful Paris versus New York illustrations, representing the comparisons and clichés of the two metropolises. Having lived half a year in each city Vahram got the idea to do the illustrations. He posted these illustrations such as baguette vs bagel or Eiffel tower vs Statue of liberty up on his blog parisvsnyc which became quite popular. He also released 3 books of his lovely city illustrations, one of them you can buy via the CreativeRoots bookshelf.

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Inspired by - Spain

City of Barcelona made of architecture, typography and illustration

Posted by rod - 30.10.2013

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If you love the Spanish city of Barcelona + architecture + typography + illustration, this project by German illustrator Simon Prades should interest you.

The grid of the quarter around Sagrada familia consist of square blocks, which are very similar in height and size and represent the Architecture of the city very good in my opinion. I like the idea, that each block is filled with hundreds of very different lifes and opinions, but looks so calm and similar from above.

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Inspired by - Italy

Illustrated map of Ortigia

Posted by rod - 14.10.2013

Being the ancient cradle of the Greek civilization, Siracusa has always lived in an extraordinary fusion between myth and reality. Since the publication of “Antiche Siracuse” by Vincenzo Mirabella, the now Italian town, and particularly the Ortigia island, has become the ideal subject for an imaginative and creative representation which melt together reality and imagination. Visionary illustrated maps show an idealized city in which ruins of ancient monuments and medieval architectures are assimilated into each other with imaginary reconstructions of routes, districts and famous buildings. A real tribute which increased the city mythic imaginary and represented a huge attraction for European grand tourists of the eighteenth century. Designed by studio formagramma

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Inspired by - Europe

Airbnb European city illustrations

Posted by rod - 08.10.2013

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I love these city illustrations they reveal some of the cities most unique features, from it’s architecture, local food and drinks to history and culture. Airbnb created these illustrations to feature Europe’s 10 most hospitable cities. The move makes the site more than just a marketplace that connects travellers with people who want quality accommodation but also a site that acts like an agent who needs to inspire people to discover new and exciting destinations.

It is funny that I just recently found these illustrations seeing that I just signed up to Airbnb myself. Hoping to have my personal Oslo, Norway site up and running soon.

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Inspired by - Greece

Greek olive oil packaging design

Posted by rod - 25.09.2013

 Greek olive oil packaging design

Greek designer Dimitrios Panagiotidis created this Greek olive oil packaging design for Five Olive Oil called “An Emblem of Wisdom” The packaging design’s inspiration comes from the old greek paintings of the Olympic games. A host of archaeological evidence reveals the existence of olive trees in the Hellenic territory since the Neolithic era, namely 7,000 years ago. The olive has been considered by Greeks a blessed fruit since antiquity: an emblem of knowledge, wisdom, abundance, health, power and beauty. Legends, traditions, religious and athletic ceremonies have relied upon it. The olive branch was awarded to the winners of the Olympic Games since 776 B.C. and in antiquity it symbolized the peace and mandatory truce all over the world throughout the duration of the Games.

Designed by: Dimitrios Panagiotidis

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Inspired by - Azerbaijan

24 hours in Baku Azerbaijan

Posted by rod - 03.09.2013

24 hours in Baku Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan, an old city, full of history and ancient architecture. So what would you do if you had 24 hours in Baku? Qatar’s inflight magazine Orxy covered Baku’s grounds, check out the modern buildings and the Icheri Sheher (the old city) so that you can make the most out of your time. As with all the “24 hours in” articles from Orxy they are accompanied by Patrick Hruby‘s city illustration. In his illustration he features the Azerbaijan State Philharmonica hall, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, the old city gate and lots more.

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Inspired by - Germany

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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Inspired by - Norway

Beautiful Attractions of Oslo

Posted by rod - 26.08.2013

The Beautiful Attractions of Oslo campaign was created by advertising agency LBi for Park Inn hotel. The illustrative ad’s feature some of the capitals main attractions such as Vigelandsparken, Holmenkollen and the Munch Museum. Check out more Norwegian art and design inspiration here.

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Inspired by - Germany

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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Inspired by - France

Map of Le Marais area – Paris

Posted by rod - 10.07.2013

The Le Marais area is located in the city centre of Paris and hosts many outstanding buildings of the Frances capital. British illustrator Jenni Sparks who you many know from here hand drawn London map recently was commissioned by Rosapark and BHV store to creat a promotional map of the Le Marais area.

The BHV store is a prominent part of the district, which it wanted to highlight its locality in the area, in addition to some other local businesses, and historical culture, The map was used on various promotional materials including being transformed into an art exhibition in the department store by Philippe Blondez.

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Inspired by - England

Uk map illustrations by Katherine Baxter

Posted by rod - 27.06.2013

I think I can safely say that British Illustrator Katherine Baxter is obsessed with maps. In here bio she writes that “Ever since I was at Bath Academy of Art, I’ve been fascinated by looking at the world from above, whether from the top of the Empire State Building or from a plane it’s behind my inspiration in creating pictorial maps, aerial views and architectural vistas of cities, towns, and villages all over the world, although London is top of the list, one example of this was featured in the Times as a poster last summer.”

 

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Inspired by - Portugal

Lisbon Travel Guide illustrations by Philip Kennedy

Posted by rod - 26.06.2013

I’m a fan of beautifully designed, independent travel guides. Scottish based designer, illustrator and writer Philip Kennedy wrote and illustrated this Lisbon Travel Guide which was released under the Field Trips. Philip spent six months exploring the Portuguese capital, investigating the city’s food, history and landmarks. Not only does the guide include charming illustrations but also contains tips on getting around, advice on what to see and do. Get your copy here.

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