- 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 - India
New York based Indian photographer Supranav Dash has an ongoing photographic project called Margianl Trades that features portraits of India’s vanishing jobs. As modern technology and other means crepes into India’s wider population many of the jobs that have been around for hundreds of years will be disappearing. Since 2011 Supranav has photographed various professions from around the India.
” Trades and professional practices have always been intertwined with the Caste System in India. Each caste and its sub-sets would stereotype an individual and dictate their occupational practice. Since the early 1800′s, people were not allowed to deviate from their fixed professions or they would be outlawed by society, with at the time, social morals reflected ignorance and strong attachment to orthodox beliefs. The tradition of professions and trades being passed down the line from father to son, continued for generations until recently when globalisation and rapid socio-economic change resulted in the problem of enculturation and automation. At that point, many of the age-old practices faded out, while others are currently on their way to extinction. The modern Indian generation refuses to stick to their ancestral professions and trades; they have become more daring and switch to the more lucrative business possibilities. the abandonment of the traditional practices also result from insufficient incomes, a desire to escape the caste stereotypes, the constant neglect of the privileged classes of the society these people serve, and a government that is not open to social reforms.
Global trends are constantly changing, therefore, in these increasingly frantic times: it’s very easy to gorget our past, culture and traditions. I am not opposed to modernisation, but at the same time, I want to slow things down and force one’s self to recognise and remember the beauty of these analog practices. As a photographer, I want to use my craft to pay respect to these tradesmen and bring them to light.”
SUGARCANE JUICE SELLER
SAW-MILL OWNER AND HANDS
KNIFE GRINDER II,
OIL-TIN CANS RESELLER
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Inspired by - USA
NYC Graphic designer and Illustrator Rebecca Sloat started the New York Normal project where she illustrates New York City’s unique features.
“I love New York City. And one of the things I love most is the ability to poke fun at the many nuances that make New York what it is – an odd bubble where stranger things have happened. This illustrative endeavor is dedicated to that: New York Normal.”
If you love this project you should definitely check out the IdBrooklyn project.
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Inspired by - Oman
A 24 hour stop over in Muscat can be quite an experience according to the Qatar inflight magazine Oryx. Would you know what to see and do if you had 24 hours in Muscat? Muscat is the capital city of Oman and stretches over 70 km from the Indian Ocean to the Hajar mountains. The city has kept its Arabic charm and heritage with its arches, decorative gates and traditional buildings. As always the article is accompanied by Patrick Hruby’s awesome illustration which captures the capital. From the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Palace to the Iconic looking white and orange taxis, Patrick has covered it all.
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Inspired by - Colombia
Step back into Colombia history with this Independence Day illustration, celebrating the most memorable moments and symbols of the country’s separation from Spain. This composition is a visual narrative of handcrafted designs capturing snapshots of an independence story. In the illustration we see hero Simón Bolivar and martyred heroine Policarpa Salaverrieta, two famous revolutionary figures of the 1800s, among other icons unique to Colombian culture. Enjoy a story of Colombia typically left out of main-stream media. Designed by considergraphics
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Inspired by - China
Chinese designer based in Guangzhou Lok Ng wants to attract more visitors to his beloved city, Guangzhou. Using his typo talent he created 16 posters each with its own experimental typography that features a different part, street or building of the city.
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Inspired by - Japan
Paper craft artist Makoto Sasao won this years Japanese paper art exhibition which is hosted by Takeo Paper. Makoto Sasao crated a 3D representation of each hiragana character using a single piece of paper. He named his craft “Togari Hiragana”, meaning pointed hiragana seeing that the character stands up in the shape of a pyramid. via spoon tamago
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Inspired by - Thailand
Thai people love sharing food. With this in mind the Thai restaurant swayเสวย created a space that is contemporary, filled with warmth, with the emphasis on the family style eating experience. What really caught my eye was the subtle brand identity that was developed by Föda studio. It reveals itself slowly throughout the restaurant, from the bilingual logo, to the toilet and exit signs. The elaborate, mathematical guillochés mimic the floral complexity of traditional phuang malai (พวงมาลัย) and appear when a coaster is used, matches are opened, or a gift certificate given. The hanging bamboo cages which are turned into lamps are also worth mentioning. via identitydesigned
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Inspired by - India
As we all heard from the news, domestic violence in India is on the rise, especially against women. This campaign by Mumbai ad agency Taproot hopefully will make some of the bad guys think twice. The agency physically recreated scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses. Make-up was used to add bruises and wounds to the models before photographing them.
This is not the first time Indian gods are used to prevent people from doing stuff they should. The campaign for disrupting urination norms in Mumbai was a great success agains people with a weak bladder. I hope the campaign by Taproot will be just as successful. via lookslikegooddesign
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Inspired by - Australia
Annabel Trends commissioned Melbourne illustrator Jimmy Gleeson to update the traditional Australian souvenir map called Discover Australia. The illustrated Map had be created so that parts of it could be taken out to be used across a host of homewards and travel goods. The map includes all the elements one would expect to be on it, from Australia’s famous buildings to its unique landscape and animals.