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City skyline illustrations by Loose Petals

Posted by rod - 05.12.2013

In 1998 Karen Young setup one of the first independent American greeting card companies, in San Francisco called Loose Petals. Throughout the years she’s been creating city skyline illustrations from Cape town to Seoul and from Oslo to Santiago. All here skyline illustrations are printed on a woven textured stock that is 100% recycled.

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Inspired by - South Africa

South African Bhuti beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.12.2013

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South African student Judy Kriel created these South African inspired beer packaging designs called Bhuti beer. 

“Traditionally Zulu women make their own beer that the men drink at festivals or weddings. A Zulu festival beer was created, making use of traditional colours and symbols. The beer named “Bhuti” refers to a brother, bro, or guy friend. The masks on each of the bottles refer to the traditional masks that were used at Zulu festivals, also inspired by the wood-carved Zulu masks that can be bought in KwaZulu-Natal. A triangle was used in the logo. A zigzag pattern was also used in the design. This is depicted from the traditional beer baskets and means masculinity. Each colour used has a specific meaning within the Zulu culture. When a colour is used next to white it gives it a positive meaning. White represents spiritual love. Black indicates rebirth, and yellow wealth. Lastly red indicates love and strong emotion. Traditionally two types of beer are made, namely a darker sorghum beer and a lighter maize beer, thus the reason for making a series of two types of beer. Promotional items include a cap, T-shirt, bottle opener, as well as coasters.

via packagingoftheworld

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Inspired by - Slovenia

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

Posted by rod - 03.12.2013

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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.

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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”.

 

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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 - Japan

Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers

Posted by rod - 02.12.2013

The art of Noren

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Japan is one of the greatest countries I have been to. Their ability to balance traditions and modernity is outstanding and unique. One of the traditional characteristics one will see around the streets of Japan is Noren. Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers, and are used in various ways. Shops and restaurants use them to display their shop name or logo, but also to protect from sun, wind and dust. Inside the restaurant they are used to separate dining areas from the kitchen. Some shops hang them in front of their entrance to signify that they are open, and take them down when they are closed. Commercial bathhouses “Sentō” or some Onsens also attach them across their entrances, blue Noren is for men and red for women.

Noren is not only used commercially. Japanese people hang them up between rooms, on walls, in windows or doorways.

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Inspired by - USA

The ICONYC New York Poster

Posted by rod - 28.11.2013

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With out doubt, New York City is one of the most iconic metropolises in the world. To celebrate its famous neighbourhoods, landmarks and architecture NYC design studio Alfalfa created the ICONYC New York poster.

“Charmingly simple graphics inspired by naive art invite you to discover, explore, and get lost in the City! Spot UV coating on many buildings will help you match them to their names in the border around the map. Watch out for pedestrians, poodles, prams, and pretzels!”

You can buy the 27” x 40” poster directly on Alfalfa’s site.

via quipsologies

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Inspired by - World

United Nations project – babel of the millennium

Posted by rod - 27.11.2013

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This 75-foot hight art installation by New York based artist Wenda Gu is very extraordinary. The pice is called United Nations – Bable of the Millennium and is part of the permeant collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For the past 20 years Wenda collected hair from 352 barber shops and hair salons from 18 different countries on every continent. The concept was to merge language and culture together through the form of hair. The 100 panels are all woven together and feature scripted lettering made out of hair based on Chinese, English, Hindi and Arabic.

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Inspired by - India

The Golden Temple – India

Posted by rod - 26.11.2013

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US Photographer Julie Hall had the opportunity to travel to Indian and visit on of Indias most holy places.

“Most sacred shrine of the Sikh faith, Harmandir Sahib (The Abode of God or The Golden Temple), offers a singular experience of faith, community and culture in India. Sikhism professes the equality of all people and rejects discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste or gender. The faith emerged during the 15th century in the Punjab region that today spans India and Pakistan. Its founder, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, strongly rejected the Hindu caste system, polytheism and all forms of asceticism. He preached devotion to a single God, the brotherhood of man and commitment to community service. Ten gurus followed Guru Nanak and their collective teachings are enshrined in the Sikh holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which is housed inside the Golden Temple (also known as Harimandir Sahib) and treated as a living guru. No photography is allowed inside the Golden Temple but it’s a fascinating scene where scriptures from the holy book are sung and music is played to an audience of people sitting on the floor. Peaceful, welcoming vibes abound. A distinct feature of all Sikh temples and the living embodiment of their faith is the langar, a volunteer-run kitchen that serves free vegetarian meals to all. The langar at the Golden Temple is the largest volunteer kitchen in the world, serving approximately 80,000 people a day and a million or more on holidays. It’s open 24-hours a day, everyone sits on the floor to eat, and anyone can pitch in and help, and they do. Its every Sikh’s duty. Surrounding the dining hall are huge areas where people peel and chop vegetables, make chapatis, cook lentils in huge cauldrons, and collect and wash dishes. Hindus, women, and people with physical disabilities regularly volunteer at the langar. Most of the images shown here were made during Bandi Chhorh Diwas, a Sikh holiday celebrated on the same day as Diwali, a significant Hindu holiday. Over a million people visit the temple at that time, including thousands of Hindu pilgrims on their return journey (by foot) from the Amarnath cave in the Himalayas, which takes place a few months earlier. People are allowed to sleep at the Golden Temple inside the dormitories and outside around the temple complex. The mood is both festive and devout, which I hope these images convey.”

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Inspired by - Arabia

Dubai map illustration by Josh Cochran for Better Homes

Posted by rod - 25.11.2013

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Dubai based design studio Moloobhoy & Brown were approached by Better Homes to create a one dimensional map of Dubai as part of the ongoing brand refresh. Together with New York illustrator Josh Cochran they created a playful and detailed Dubai map illustration. The team explored the extreme clichés of Dubai, together with showcasing the various districts of the city and the very different personalities and characteristics married to each of those areas.

“From vibrant Downtown and Marina, to the older district of Deira around Dubai Creek. The fantasy hotels, villas on the Palm, racecourse, ski slope, bustling sidewalks at the base of the city’s skyscrapers and more importantly the people that make this city buzz. There is something for everyone to discover.”

 

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Inspired by - Malaysia

HashTag Hey Penang

Posted by rod - 22.11.2013

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HashTagHeyPenang is a self initiated project & Tourism Campaign by Zachary Khoo to promote Penang! Zachary believes that the Malaysian island of Penang has more to offer than just its famous Georgetown and variety of food.

 

His approach was to create a graphic and illustrative visual language that is bold, fun and aims at enhance Penang’s tourism.

 

As the post title kind of mentions, the tourism campaign is built around the idea of social media. In addition to the campaign identity, a pop up photo booth was placed around the city, to encourage tourists and locals to share their pictures/videos of Penang on the Social Network with Hash Tag Hey Penang.

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