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Glasgow Map

Posted by rod - 03.05.2013

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Situated on the River Clyde Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Illustrator Brent Couchman created a Glasgow map for Herb Lester Associates. 

 “As ever, it was our intention to document the usual and the unusual, and so there are record shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and inevitably a fish and chip shop – albeit one with an opera-singing proprietor. The 50 entries show just some of what Glasgow has to offer, glorious parks, beautiful architecture, great food and drink, and a notably charming and friendly populace.

Among the highlights: unchanged 1960s pub, The Doublet, Glasgow Architectural Salvage Yard, art deco restaurant and oyster bar, Rogano, and the excellent record shop, Monorail.”

You can buy the A3 map here.

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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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Chivas Regal Dan Funderburgh

Posted by rod - 09.02.2012

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The leading luxury Scotch whisky, Chivas Regal teamed up with NBSudio and award winning New York illustrator, Dan Funderburg to design a limited edition gift tin packaging.

The tin features a stunning golden lion emblem which is a key element on Chivas Regal packaging. The lion expresses  the brand’s values and masculinity, regality, bravery and luxury. For this packaging design the Lion is made up of different elements of textures illustrating  Chivas rich layers and flavor in the whisky.

James Slack, Brand Director for Chivas Regal, comments, “Known for contemporary, baroque designs inspired by historical ornamentation, Dan was the perfect artist to reflect the distinctive style and rich heritage of Chivas Regal. His bold, masculine design will appeal to the brand’s largely male consumer base, with increased on-shelf visibility, further strengthening Chivas Regal’s position as the most dynamic brand in the super premium Scotch whisky category.”

Funderburgh added: “Heraldic crests have always appealed to me aesthetically so I wanted to utilise this element of Chivas Regal in my design. Within the lion I included patterns that are relevant to the Chivas brand—some Scottish thistles and checks, interspersed with more contemporary geometric and global patterns. The aim was to achieve an end result that was bold, but with delicate details and a contemporary approach to the tradition of chivalry.”

Chiveas Regal was first produced by the Chivas Brothers, who established the brand in 1801 in Aberdeen Scotland. via popsop

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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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This is Edinburgh

Posted by rod - 15.04.2011

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This is Scotland was first published in 1961 and was illustrated by Miroslav Sasek. There are a tone of other countries which he has represented such as this is Greece. I am hoping to showcase a few of his drawings in the near future.

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Scotlands International Image

Posted by rod - 08.04.2011

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Scottish design agency Leith created these 4 images for Scotland International Image.

“SII wanted to produce a memory stick with interactive content to be handed out at events to help promote Scotland internationally in terms of: what Scotland is, where we have come from and where we are going. The aim was to showcase Scotland as an independent, responsible and creative nation and to make the case for Scotland as a home, a place of work or study, a holiday destination or long-term business investment.

The USBs were handed out at events, conferences and festivals throughout the year. 2009 being the year of Homecoming has allowed further access to a wide international audience of foreign visitors. As well as showcasing Scotland an independent and dynamic nation the piece was designed to drive traffic onto Scotland.org and increase the number of registered users on the site.  For a more high profile audience we developed a miniature whisky tube with the USB fitted inside which we knew would grab their attention.”

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Visit Scotland Surprise Yourself

Posted by rod - 23.03.2011

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The Surprise Yourself, visit Scotland commercial was developed by The Leith Agency, Edinburgh

“As well as the stunning landscapes, I think that the new adverts for ‘Surprise Yourself’ portray the warmth and friendliness of the Scottish people,” said David. “It’s not only extremely humbling to be asked to help promote one’s country but also such a privilege to work alongside a group of individuals who care as passionately as I do in promoting something so close to all our hearts. I hope in some way we have created a commercial that will attract others to come and experience the beauty, mystery and spectacle that is Scotland.” via theinspirationroom

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The United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

Posted by rod - 01.02.2011


This is a great video explaining The United Kingdom, Great Britain and England (and a whole lot more). Its worth a watch. via netorama

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GlenGrant packaging

Posted by rod - 04.01.2011

Renowned for its clear colour and pure taste, Scottish whisky Glen Grant has managed to become the world’s number5 selling Sing Malt whisky. The thing that caught my eye was that the label  features a black and white drawing of two Scots sitting in the country site drinking whisky. Nice and simple.

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The London Tea Company

Posted by rod - 29.11.2010

Targeted at the tourist market the London Tea Company’s packaging had to be fun and entertaining. London design agency Simmer was behind the packaging.

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The Modern British Posters book

Posted by rod - 12.10.2010

Last weekend I was wondering around a bookstore and came across the Modern British Poster book. The book reflects the British society, culture, politics, history and the economy in the period of 1915 to 1970. You can buy the book here.

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McGregor Clan – Scotland

Posted by rod - 06.10.2010

I found these three Scottish packaging designs though the Indigo project mother tongue. Designer Scizzy collaborated with Edwina McGregor. “In 1952 The McGregor clan was forced from their home in the Scottish highlands into the lowlands. In oder to survive and aquire food from the local markets, the clan were pressured to drop their native Gaelic language and adopt English. Without their ability to instantly trade languages, they may have starved.”

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Scott’s porage Oats

Posted by rod - 14.09.2010

A & R Scoot, two brothers, started making Scott’s Midlothian Oat Flour in 1880, in the Kingston Dock area of Glasgow, Scotland. In 1924 – The well-known symbol of the Highlander putting the shot was added to the Scott’s porage oats packaging.

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Taking a Look at Tartan

Posted by rod - 10.09.2010

There is a great article about the Tartan (Scotland) at colourlovers. The article is about the Tartan’s origins, how it is created, of course the colours and so on.

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An Ancient Spirit from the Orkneys

Posted by rod - 31.08.2010

Scotland’s most northern distillery Highland Park has launched the Orcadian Limited Edition Series. The Whisky bottle has a specially crafted silver embossed Pictish knot which circles the necker and banding. A naturally coloured  oak wooden was chosen for the box, which illustrates the celebration of Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage. Inspired specifically by a carving in the Ringerike style of the 11th century tomb. The illustration is a combat motif featuring a dragon-like creature. via designyoutrust and swipelife

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Tartan rubic cube

Posted by rod - 13.07.2010

I found this rather interesting little chapter over at core77, and I am delighted to hear that someone is taking the initiative of preserving these Scottish patterns.

“Plaid. What does it mean to us? It’s just a pattern right? You know, it’s all over the place, from trendy teens’ fashions to bedsheets to curtains to…rubik’s cubes to–the branding of an entire nation? “It is vital that we keep Scotland as the mecca for tartan worldwide and this national register will go a long way in helping to achieve this,” states Jim Mather. He and other folks at the National Archives of Scotland are quite (criss and) cross regarding inauthentic misuse of these historically and culturally rich patterns, so they’re now working hard to file thousands of designs into a national registry.”

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Celtic art

Posted by rod - 20.05.2010

“Designed by P22 Type Foundry The Book of Kells is a ninth century gospel created in the British Isles and is considered to be the finest existing example of early Celtic art. The book itself is now housed in the Trinity College Library, Dublin. This computer set combines historical accuracy with functional readability and features 72 elements and linking borders.” via youworkforthem

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Balblair 1989 Scotch Whisky – Scotland

Posted by rod - 27.04.2010

I absolutely love this Scottish packaging design, created by NTGJ for Balblair’s vintage 1989 scotch whisky. I wonder if it was a real job or just fun. via TheDieline More Scottish design here.

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