- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- DR of the Congo
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- Pacific Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
Inspired by - Ethiopia
Over the Christmas holidays I traveled to Ethiopia which is located in the Horn of Africa. Whilst visiting the tribes of the Omo Valley in the south-west of the country, we past through dozens of medium to small towns and villages. It was amazing to see that the digital printing age hasn’t really arrive into this part of the country. Most shop, street signs or adverts were were still hand painted. Most of you most probably know that India is still big on Hand painted signs such as these. One of the characteristics of the Ethiopian hand drawn signs is off course the Ge’ez script or Amharic language, which is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world after Arabic.
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Inspired by - England
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.”
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Inspired by - France
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).
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Inspired by - China
Inspired by the gorgeous yet warm atmosphere of the dining room in a Shanghai villa, of Shanghai Po Po 336 is a modern and chic restaurant serving luxurious home style Shanghai cuisine. 336 symbolizes the number plate of Grandma’s house (Po Po means Grandma), and has similar pronunciation as Xie Xie Nong in Shanghai dialect, meaning to say Thank You to families or customers. The restaurant identity is a mixture of Mandarin and English, illustrations, symbols, logos. Designed by Ken Lo
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Inspired by - Japan
If you have a love for cities and type, you should check out the Show us your type site. Below are some of the submitted entries of Japans capital Tokyo. The cool thing about Tokyo is that there is so much culture, history and other suff which designers can take inspiration from. If its the bright neon lights, Gorzilla, or its ancient temples and shrines. Some of my favourite posters are the energetic manga Tokyo poster and the simple Tokyo type that transforms into Japanese script. In the past CR has featured some of the Hong Kong, Cairo and Berlin posters.
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Inspired by - Vietnam
Der politische Reiseführer
Vietnam has had quite a historical political past from being governed by a series of Chinese dynasties to the U.S -led Vietnam War. Luisa Le created the Political travel guide of Vietnam for her Masterthesis at The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Hochschule. The guide is aimed at the political and culture interested traveler who likes to read about the facts, stories and statistics. The idea was to convert a somewhat dry yet important subject into an inspiring and informative guide. The reader should be able to form their own opinion based on the facts. With the help of infographics and illustrations Luisa created a easy to understand and engaging Masterthesis, similar to yesterdays food wast guide.
If you like beautifully designed and somewhat different travel guides check out these:
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Inspired by - Hong Kong
With a population of over 7 million people Hong Kong is a world city that is a melting pot of people, cultures, history and food. One of the many highlights of Hong Kong is the variety of food, which is cherished by its residents. Unfortunately as with every city HK creates a substantial amount of food which is wasted, 1/3 to be exact. Especially during the festive season when families reunite and slap up a lavish meal to celebrate the good fortune of plentitude a lot of food goes in the bin.
Yaumatei Gardener, together with the support of MaD Good Lab asked the question how the people of Hong Kong can wast less. The result was the Shi Po Cherish Food Guide, which is a booklet that aims to raise the social awareness of cherishing and saving food in daily life. The guide features methods and tips of saving food, which was the result of the teams research and interviews with the community.
Good Morning was the design studio behind the two booklets, who created the lovely illustrations and infographis to catch people’s attention. The guide is bilingual, and the easy to understand pictograms also help the positive information to be spread widely within in different classes.
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Inspired by - Japan
Despite loosing almost everything apart from their lives the surviving resident men of the area near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan returned to the area for a short while in 2011, just a few months after the disaster. For more than a 1,000 years the people of Fukushima gathered togather, dressed up in their traditional Samurai costumes to hold the annual celebration of the Soma Nomaoi samurai culture. Armoured from head to toe with inherited family flags that hang from their backs, five hundred samurai storm forward recreating a battle scene.
Due to the radiation the people around the nuclear plant had to relocate. The Nomaoi men took Japanese photographer Noriko Takasugi to the restricted area, to the places personally meaningful to them.
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Inspired by - World
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.