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Inspired by - Romania

Why not get to know Romania?

Posted by rod - 10.09.2012

Why not get to know Romania?

An infographic animation about Romania, created by Graphic and Communication Design student Ana Busuioc (www.nestingideas.co.uk) for Leeds Romanian Society. Music by Dave James and Alfie Granger-Howell – Finger on the Pulse, courtesy of audionetwork.com. Thanks to @vivekmaya

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Inspired by - Spain

Málaga Conarte wine label

Posted by rod - 06.09.2012

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A selection of the finest Malaga, Spain wines brought together 10 bodegas and 10 painters from all over the province in order to promote them in Germany, United States, UK, Russia and Japan.

The top section of the labels is in the shape of an artist’s palette, and in addition to the information on each type of wine, each label depicts a painting by the artist associated with each of the ten bodegas.

To hold the entire collection, we chose a case which is also reminiscent of the world of artists and art. This case presents a fine leather finish giving a touch of class overall, in keeping with the collection of wines.

Designed by El Cuartel

 

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Inspired by - Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan carpet thread installation

Posted by rod - 27.08.2012

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Azerbaijan artist Faig Ahmed is a well known carpet and fabrication artist that recently completed a large-scale “thread installation”. Faig disjointed the carpets structure and explored the composition of the material used in the traditional Azerbaijan rug. On both ends of the carpet the carpets motives separate, leaving the tread to continue in a straight line across the room. For more information head over to designboom

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Inspired by - Italy

Canal Grando – Venetia wine packaging

Posted by rod - 22.08.2012

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The Venetian gondolier is one of Italy’s most iconic symbols. There is so much history and culture  attached to the craft which make it easily recognisable around the world.

Italian wine producer Bosco Malera Winery created a new line of wines called Canal Grando which are specially produced for the American market. The wine label features a famous Venetian gondolier with a twisted water reflection that can be also seen as a corkscrew. Uk design agency Minale Tattersfield created the beautiful wine packaging design.

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Inspired by - Spain

Spanish Orange Juice packaging

Posted by rod - 17.08.2012

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London design agency P&W recently design a new Spanish orange juice packaging concept for Tesco.

“The design reflects the origin of the oranges whilst keeping it light hearted and distinctive from the array of other orange juices in the fixture – the idea of the Matador was used to create an iconic symbol – integrating the photographic orange within the illustrations for a sense of fun and still differentiating between the smooth and with bits orange juice varieties.”

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Inspired by - England

Bicycle in London drawing

Posted by rod - 15.08.2012

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Just in time for the London Olympics, French illustrator Ugo Gattoni finished this giant London bicycle drawing. The illustration is a cycle race through the streets of London featuring elite athletes to hipsters on their bikes. It took Ugo 723 working hours for the 5 meter long illustration.

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Inspired by - Malta

Air Malta’s new brand identity

Posted by rod - 13.08.2012

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Air Malta revealed last week its new brand identity (logo, livery and payoff – The Airline of the Maltese Islands. Air Malta is based in the Maltese Archipelago which is situated in the center of the Mediterranean between south of Italy and North Africa. The Airline has a small fleet of 12 aircrafts that travel to 50 destinations.

Futurebrand was appointed to design the new visual identity. They dissected the old logo, keeping the good, extracting the bad and supplementing it with some modernity. The one element which they did keep from the old logo was the Maltese cross which is Malta’s national symbol. Most national institutions in Malta such as the Malta Post carry the Maltese cross.

“The Maltese cross is at the heart of the new identity. For an airline, iconography is critical to create a unique and distinctive impression. With this in mind, there is more pride and prominence with how the cross is applied across the livery, and the shape features graphic patterns that are derived from and represent the true diversity of the Maltese Islands.

The traditional red and white colours of Malta have been infused with the colours blue, yellow, white gold, orange and green, which reflect the sun, sand and sea, the famously vibrant and colourful annual Festas, carnivals and fireworks displays and the colourful Luzzu fishing boats that can be seen in many harbours and bays around the islands.”

More info on the Futurebrand blog and underconsideration

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Inspired by - Greece

Zarbanis distillery Ouzo

Posted by rod - 10.08.2012

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Ouzo is uniquely Greek and its most popular alcoholic drink. It has been around for many hundred years and has a profound culture and history. The Geek government thinks it is so unique that it won the exclusive rights to use the product name ouzo.

Athens design agency Mousegraphics designed the label for Zarbanis distillery who were inspired by typical greek colours and architecture.

“The briefing (in brief): “i want to sell my ouzo. I need a label. It is a new entry and i want to use my name on it”. The target audience: people that drink alcohol and have a taste for ouzo. Greeks and tourists. The design: we used three interlocking elements in the package design: the name, the provenance, the essence. Ouzo (a spirit variant widely recognized by locals and foreigners) connected with the producer through a stressed Z letter (several heroic connotations here). An equally recognizable white-blue island church speaks of all beautiful things Greek. A transparent glass allows the transparent spirit to add a sense of lightness and purity in the mix. This is folklore with none of the hyperboles usually related to it.”

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Inspired by - Norway

Norwegian tail design

Posted by rod - 09.08.2012

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I have been flying with Norwegian on quite a few trips around europe but it never crossed my mind to create a post on their tail designs until now. Norwegian low cost airline Norwegian is cherishing national heros by placing them onto the tail of their fleet. Amongst the people featured are Polar explorer Roald Amundsen, Playwrighter Henrik Ibsen, Literature Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset and many more. Norwegian is also representing famous people of their neighboring countries Sweden and Denmark on their tail. You can check them all out her.

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Inspired by - Italy

Italian circus packaging for Casa Gusto

Posted by rod - 07.08.2012

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Back in the 50’s Salvatore traveled around Italy following the circus, tasting some of the best ingredients Italy had to offer. Having been strongly influenced and inspired by the Italian circus Salvatore and his son Stefano approached Australian design studio “The Creative Method” to design their food products Casa Gusto.

The studio’s solution was to created a series of illustrations that represented circus artists and animals that interacted with the ingredients.

According to wikipedia the circus first originated in Ancient Rome in the 14th century.

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Inspired by - England

Visit Blackpool

Posted by rod - 06.08.2012

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Rod Hunt was commissioned by LMC Design to illustrate the new Blackpool resort map for Visit Blackpool.

Blackpool is the most popular seaside resort in the UK with in excess of 10 million visitors a year & has been undergoing a major Multi-million Pound renovation. The new map is the first to show the resort has a whole experience rather than as individual attractions.

Attractions include the Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach, SeaLife Centre, Blackpool Zoo, Madame Tussauds, North Pier, Sandcastle Waterpark, Winter Gardens, Trams & the new Comedy Carpet.

Illustration by Rod Hunt

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Inspired by - Hungary

Hungarian folk tale stamps

Posted by rod - 01.08.2012

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Hungarian designer Boglárka Nádi created a seven stamp series from her favourite Hungarian fables for here degree. Each folk tale series had 4 stamps that told its story. The Folk tales are well-known among Hungarians (the translation for each title: The small Gömböc, The haricot reaching the heavens, The little pigs and the wolf, The half-skinned goat, The salt, The star-eyed shepherd, The beautiful slender damsel).

 

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Inspired by - England

CBS outdoor London ads

Posted by rod - 30.07.2012

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This is a cool advertising campaign for CBS Outdoor entitled “Outdoor by Name, Urban by Nature”. The Uk campaign is designed to strengthen it’s position as a leader in urban audience engagement. The adverts feature different animals such as a Fish, Octopus, Elephant etc which are made up of icons from different areas in England. For example the Fish is made up of Iconic buildings & landmarks of London such as the London eye, tower bridge, and big ben. Other examples include the Old Trafford Centre for Manchester, The Beatles for Liverpool and the Bullring Bull for Birmingham.

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Inspired by - Sweden

Proposal for new Swedish money

Posted by rod - 20.07.2012

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Swedish design agency Stockholm design lab took part in the competition of designing the new Swedish money. Their proposal went all the way to the finals out of 46 contesters but unfortunately didn’t win with their minimalisic and slick looking approach.

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Inspired by - England

Hand drawn london map

Posted by rod - 13.07.2012

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I have seen and featured quite a few london maps, such as the London converse map but none of them has been so detailed. British illustrator Jenni Sparks recently completed a super detailed hand drawn London map with Evermade. The brief was to produce a map that would capture the essence of London’s landmarks, from the famous to the local. The map is full of surprises such as celebrity birthplaces, local markets, social stereotypes and favourite pubs.

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Inspired by - Scotland

Edinburgh illustration by Kate McLelland

Posted by rod - 04.07.2012

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Edinburgh, a city with lots of fun things to do and see is the capital of Scotland. Scottish designer Kate McLelland crated this lovely illustration of the city that is screen printed onto 100% cotton Somerset white paper, 250gsm and can be purchased for $48 at hellopolly.

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Inspired by - Hungary

Hungarian folk characters

Posted by rod - 29.06.2012

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These Hungarian folk characters are called Folqa and each of them represents a region and a traditional profession of Hungary.

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Inspired by - Norway

Norwegian dragon skateboards

Posted by rod - 26.06.2012

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Foto: Magnar Brandseth/NRK

Norwegian dragon skateboards designs

Foto: Magnar Brandseth/NRK

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Foto: Magnar Brandseth/NRK

Have you ever wonder what happens when you combine traditional Norwegian woodcraft and skateboards? I haven’t, but the brothers Bjørndalssæter from Oppdal and Alexander Nässelqvist from Larvik did and the result is quite impressive and unique.

Running under the company Æ the skateboards are hand made by the brothers and are inspired by Norse mythology that incorporate dragons that are carved out of birch-wood. Wood carving has had a long tradition in Oppdal and now this ancient art is taking on new forms that could revitalise the industry to look into new markets.

In 2011 I reported about the Mumbai Skateboards which are also hand crafted and worth a look at. It is refreshing to see that modern and traditional cultures are being merged, to create something new and exciting.

Although it is in Norwegian there is an interesting video about the Æ skateboards on NRK. Also check out Æ’s facebook page.

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