- 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 - Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture recently created a documentary and an online exhibition about Hong Kong’s neon signs. In addition to that the M+ museum received over 2,700 photos from fans who took pictures of the iconic signs.
Pretty much any business in Hong Kong had or still uses a neon sign from drugstores, banks, restaurants, bars, clubs, video game parlours etc. What these signs symbolise is a hallmark of prosperity. What would Hong Kong be with out neon signs? As one guy says right in the begging of the documentary – “Without neon lights the city is like a ghost town”.
Producing and designing neon signs was at its hight during the 1980s-1990s and is unfortunately or fortunately a dying art. The signs still retain their charm if they work, but for a lot of them the light has gone off. Check out the video and the rest essays and photos on neonsighgns.hk via Creative Review
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Inspired by - USA
There is something special about illustrated travel posters which make you want to get up and explore the country. Steven Thomas created a bunch of Travel posters titled See America for Print Collection, in the spirit of the 1930’s originals featuring many of America’s most notable landmarks.
Sequoia National Park.
Niagara Falls State Park
Acadia National Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Everglades National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Joshua National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Badlands National Park
Yosemite National Park
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Inspired by - Australia
“The Aboriginal people of Australia have been singing Manikay for centuries. Manikay are a series of songs, passed down through generations from the ancestors containing knowledge essential to their way of life. They often celebrate the natural rhythms of the land, and the plants, animals and people that inhabit it. The hand-drawn and silkscreened dot pattern on the bottle symbolizes the musical rhythm of the Manikay and the visual rhythm the hillside vineyard rows take on before harvest in the Barossa Valley of Australia.
Positioned to appeal to affluent millennials looking for a non-traditional wine offering, the resulting look is distinctly Aboriginal Australian, but with a slightly abstract and modern feel.”
via the Dieline
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Inspired by - India
Kohler’s global Creative Director Tristan Butterfield decided to provide a cultural makeover to this solar-powered mobile restroom container which won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Reinventing the Toilet Challenge” in 2012. After weeks of extensive research the result of the final exterior design established a cultural context to the environment in which these containers were placed. Selective motifs such as brightly coloured flowers, birds, animals and scenery together with messages propagated the significance of water conservation and environment sustainability. The exterior design of the restroom container was inspired by Indian truck art which is very recognisable thorough the country and was chosen for its cultural significance. Kohler hired local artists in India to paint the final design concept onto the container walls.
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Inspired by - England
London based design agency Hatched brought back the nostalgic travel poster design style with these Pembrokeshire coast national park summer and autumn campaigns. Hatched had to come up with a campaign that would not only promote the park’s natural beauty, coastline and abundant wildlife but also stand out in a competitive marketplace.
“The inspiration behind the posters was the style of the travel posters of old. We feel the beautiful vibrant colours and simple sans serif typography produces visually striking posters that still don’t look out of place, even after all these years.”
The campaign focuses around key railway stations to encourage people to visit Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
If you like these posters you should check out Andy Tuohy illustration work.
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Inspired by - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Illustrator Masina Nina created these lovely illustrations for her home town Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cool thing is that she not only created a dedicated blog about her city illustrations called sarajevodingbats but she also gets them onto tote bags, mugs and other items. Keep up the good work.
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Inspired by - Mexico
Mexico City based design studio Cherry Bomb were commissioned to created the book cover designs for publisher Pearson Education. In total there are three covers but the one which inspired me the most was the Mexican inspired book cover design which incorporates things from the past and present. I really like that they featured a Mayan temple which back in them days was innovation and then combining it with a touchscreen tablet. The simple flat illustration style with the fresh colour pallet give the covers a playful and appropriate look and feel. Check out more Mexican inspired art and design here.
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Inspired by - China
The origin of Dim Sum is linked to the tradition of Yum Cha – tea tasting. The earliest tea houses originated in Guangzhou, China. They were a lot like diners: small, roadside establishments that served tea along with a bit of sustenance for weary travellers or rural workers. People later discovered that tea can aid in digestion.
Therefore, teahouse owners began to add more snacks to the food selections. Teassert is a look-a-like food package that incorporates the idea of Dim Sum into packing tea leaves (Oolong tea and Pu-Erh tea) and snacks (dark melon seeds and roasted peanuts). The package itself has multiple re-use functions, including Siu Mai recipe, book marks, coasters, and usable bamboo steam baskets for cooking. The package instruction includes two languages – English and Mandarin.
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Inspired by - Indonesia
London based Illustrator Rod Hunt created the book cover illustrations for the Book Indonesia etc. by elizabeth Pisani, Art Direction by Michael Salu.
Where on earth can you take tea with a corpse, go hunting for whales, bunk down in a sulphurous volcano and incur the wrath of a crocodile whisperer? For encounters with the unexpected, look to Indonesia.
In 1945, Indonesia’s declaration of independence promised: ‘the details of the transfer of power etc. will be worked out as soon as possible.’ Still working on the ‘etc.’ seven decades later, the world’s fourth most populous nation is now enthusiastically democratic and riotously diverse. Over 65 million Indonesians use Facebook, though 80 million live without electricity. It is one of the richest and most enchanting countries on earth, but is riddled, too, with ineptitude and corruption.
Elizabeth Pisani, who first worked in Indonesia 25 years ago as a foreign correspondent and came back a decade later as a medical researcher, set out in 2011 to rediscover its enduring attraction, and to find the links which bind together this impossibly disparate nation. She travelled for over a year, covering 13,000 miles by land and sea, dropping in on local potentates and staying with farmers and fishermen, and nomads and nurses, often on islands too small to appear on a map.
Indonesia Etc. Pisani weaves together the stories of Indonesians encountered on her journey with a considered analysis of Indonesia’s recent history, corrupt political system, ethnic and religious identities, stifling bureaucracy and traditional ‘sticky’ cultures. Fearless and funny, she gives a compelling and sharply perceptive account of a captivating nation.