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Inspired by - England

Promoting the Great in Great Britain

Posted by rod - 06.06.2012

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Estatum is a leading Danish provider of real estate investment opportunities. The company is growing rapidly and today employs over 50 people. Estatum’s real estate portfolio surpasses DKK 6 billion invested in 150 different properties on the UK real estate market.

Danish designer Muggie Ramadani designed the brand identity for Estatum and a book that promotes the great in Great Britain. The headings which accompany the photographs are my favorite. They really highlight the Britishness and the great opportunities that Britain has got.

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Inspired by - Turkey

Istanbul type design

Posted by rod - 31.05.2012

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Istanbul Deko is a Turkish graphic design project created by Geray Gencer. Geray created a typeface out of Istanbul’s historic structures and developed two typography posters incorporating his typeface and iconic buildings of the city. 

“Essentially ‘Istanbul Deko’ is a type design project with a common theoretical base of architecture and typography. It uses an original typeface inspired by the multicultural heritage of İstanbul and designed with details of the city’s historical structures. Then I have produced a typographic poster series about istanbul and its architectural heritage as well.”

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Inspired by - England

Margate illustrations

Posted by rod - 28.05.2012

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British illustrator Andy Tuohy created these lovely illustrations of the English seaside town Margate, for The Margate Gallery and for the new Turner Contemporary.

If you love these illustrations you should also check out Andy’s A-Z of Liverpoo and Merseyside illustrations for the Tate.

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Inspired by - England

London market poster illustration

Posted by rod - 25.05.2012

London market poster illustration by Poppy Panter Whitlock

British illustrator Poppy Panter-Whitlock created this London poster, which depicts some of the lesser known junk and antique markets to be found in London. It also depicts lots of objects that are used as symbols for British culture, such as teapots and teacups, top hats and petticoats, and london buses and transport.

The design is also influenced by Guy Debord’s 1957 map titles ‘Naked City’ of London, who was a psychogeographer and the ‘father’ of situationist international who did alot of work based in both London and Paris.

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Inspired by - Romania

Redesigning the Romanian coat of arms

Posted by rod - 21.05.2012

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Some may agree that, when looking at the various coat of arms that are out there, some of them need a serious overhaul. That is exactly what Romanian designer Ste thought of the coat of arms of Romania. Ste took the initiative and redesigned the current version as he thought it should be. Whilst redesigning the coat of arms he discovered that the smaller symbols such as the cow, lion, fish and eagle were nice by themselves and decided to create a few wallpaper patterns out of them.

Which coat of arms do you think needs a major redesign?

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Inspired by - England

Mr Kipling – Jubilee Celebrations

Posted by rod - 16.05.2012

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British cake producer Mr Kipling is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with its latest national advertising campaign.

“Created by JWT London, the ‘Jubilee Celebrations’ campaign comprises a series of ads which show Mr Kipling’s celebratory special Jubilee editions – Great British Fancies and the new Victoria Mini Classics recipe – as well as some of Mr Kipling’s classic cakes. The creative shows miniature figurines enjoying the Jubilee celebrations.”

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Inspired by - France

Visit France poster designs

Posted by rod - 09.05.2012

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Be inspired and Visit France. These posters were illustrated by Paul Thurlby and art directed by Ruan Milborrow for the French tourist board. Each region received its unique touch, highlighting the different attractions which are found there.

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Inspired by - Scandinavia

Scandinavian Coffee House branding

Posted by rod - 26.04.2012

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Founders Kim Haagensen, Sindre Røstad and John Wuya, would like to share a piece of Scandinavia with you though its Scandinavian Coffee House.

The concept of the Scandinavian Coffee House is to introduce Scandinavian roots to foreigners by combining majestic nature, Scandinavian design heritage, Nordic flavors and off course its coffee expertise.

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Andreas Engesvik are responsibility for the coffee shops retail and interior experience, which is based on openness, honesty and closeness to nature, some of Scandinavia’s distinct characteristics.

Its first coffee shop will open up this May in Ålesund, Norway. Hopefully other cities such as New York and Tokyo will follow.

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Inspired by - Greece

Traditionally Greek

Posted by rod - 19.04.2012

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Some of the beautiful traditional stuff of Greece illustrated by Dimitra Tzanos

“Art Source Publishing is a small publishing house in Sarasota, Florida focusing on “art-centered books and fine art prints”. I created these illustrations for a book about Greek customs and traditions. It was quite interesting doing this project at a time when most people are focusing on the negative characteristics of Greece and it’s people. Actually, it was a refreshing reminder of the many beautiful things that are still so Greek.” Also check out Dimitras Moroccan night and London Landmark illustrations.

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Inspired by - Norway

VW Norway illustration

Posted by rod - 16.04.2012

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Norway is an amusement park and fun to drive around in, is the message of Volkswagen Norway for its latest print advertising campaign. Peter-John de Villiers, an illustrator currently based in Oslo, Norway, created the amazing illustration which is a 4 page fold-out spread in the D2 magazine. The illustration features all sorts of typical Norwegian things and places such as Sinnataggen, Holmenkollen, the Swords in Rock, trolls, a reindeer, a viking church and so on. With so many details one discovers new things the longer one looks at it. The idea and the advert itself was created by Oslo based ad agency TRY in conjunction with ByHands.

PJ also created the Blades NYC skateboards and is part of the CreativeRoots global talent list.

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Inspired by - Croatia

Croatian t-shirt design

Posted by rod - 12.04.2012

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Rajčica is a project whose objective is to create and design Croatian souvenirs. T-shirts are one of the main product – the role of their design is to promote Croatia and its cities such as Zagreb.

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Inspired by - Turkey

Istanbul travel illustration

Posted by rod - 10.04.2012

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San Francisco illustrator Meltem Sozer drew some of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks such as the Galata Tower the  Sultan Ahmet mosque and the Kiz Kulesi.

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Inspired by - Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein logo

Posted by rod - 28.03.2012

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Which logo out of these five do you think represents Liechtenstein best? 30.000 citizens are being asked this question. Design studios from across Europe took part in the competition to created the logo. The identity should include typical visual elements, such as the national colours (blue, red and gold) and the fundamental principles (self-determination, security, humanism) or values (independence, straightforwardness, humanity). € 25,000 will go to the lucky winner. Also have have a look at Branding the Principality of Liechtenstein via designtagebuch

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Inspired by - Armenia

Fedra Sans Armenian font

Posted by rod - 21.03.2012

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Featuring fonts such as Fedra Sans Armenian is always a pleasure here on CreativeRoots. Not only does CreativeRoots inspire people from around the world but also point you into the right direction regarding other useful resources which may be difficult to find.

The Fedra Sans Armenian was designed by Peter Biľak who also designed the Fedra Hindi and Tatevik Aghababyan.

“Armenian is the official language of the Republic of Armenia and is widely spoken by the communities of the Armenian Diaspora. Aybuben, the Armenian alphabet is a distinctive script, an alphabet with 38 letters and 5 ligatures, which was created in the 5th century specifically for writing the Armenian language. Fedra Sans Armenian applies the basic design principles of the Fedra font family to the Armenian alphabet, making it suitable for use both in text and display typography. It includes the necessary ligatures and the currency symbol for the Armenian dram. Like all Typotheque fonts, it is Unicode-compliant.” You can buy the Fedra Sans Armenia here.

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Inspired by - Europe

Vintage illustrations of European countries

Posted by rod - 15.03.2012

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In 1959 Maurice Laban created a series of illustrations of various countries from Europe. The now vintage illustrations represent the national costume, iconic buildings and other stereotypes of the countries. Sarah from My Vintage Avenue scanned in the illustrations and featured them on here blog. via eight hour day

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Inspired by - Bulgaria

The Buzludzha monument from Bulgaria

Posted by rod - 14.03.2012

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The Buzludzha monument is one of Bulgarias most interesting and the largest communist era buildings. Opened in 1891 by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the battle between Bulgarian rebels and Stefan Karadzha and the Turks.

British photographer Timothy Allen had the chance to visit this enormous concrete monument to capture its forgotten past. At first glance it looks like a spaceship had landed on the hillside. Approaching the entrance of Buzludzha Socialist slogans written in large Cyrillic letters great the visitors. Inside the building mosaics pay tribute to former Bulgarian and Soviet communist leaders like Dimitar Blagoev,Georgi Dimitrov, Todor Zhivkov, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Leonid Brezhnev in addition to the hammer and sickle.

For more info check out Timothy’s site.

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Inspired by - Italy

The Vespa an Italian icon

Posted by rod - 06.03.2012

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The Vespa is without doubt one of Italy’s most iconic brands and reached cult status already early on in its years. In the 1940’s the first design rolled out which was manufactured by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. in Ponedera, Italy. Nowadays the Vespa can be seen all around the world making it the perfect country ambassador.

Above are some classic Vespa images which have contributed to the hype of this awesome scooter. via robertlpeters and flickr

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Inspired by - Norway

Rein beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 01.03.2012

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The Rein beer is a beer which I would love to see in the shops. The Norwegian red colour just pops out, enhancing the beer’s shelf impact amongst the shades of a more traditional beer environment. Apart from the red colour, which is present in the national flag, on most barns and old fishermen cabins, Norway is also well-known for the reindeer as one of the national animals. A black illustration of a reindeer is featured on the packaging design, enriching the origin of the beer and differentiating itself from its competitors. A white colour was chosen for the logo, symbol and type, which again stands out from the red background colour.

The Rein beer packaging concept was created by Vladimir Pospelov and was a personal project of his. Thanks to Melissa from ideastosteal for the tip.

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