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Inspired by - Sweden

New nation brand identity for Sweden

Posted by rod - 08.11.2013

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The Government of Sweden asked Swedish design agency Soderhavet to created the new nation brand identity for the country. The brief was to get all the organisational identities of Swedish ministries, agencies and corporations under one umbrella identity.

“During the design process, Soderhavet grappled with many questions, including: Which symbols best represent a country? How do we design a unified identity for use in extremely divergent contexts and on wildly different scales? Which parts of an identity should always be used, and which parts only in the right context? And how do we clarify when an organization is speaking on behalf of Sweden?

The solution was to develop a hierarchy of identity carriers.

“We placed two obligatory elements at the apex: The Swedish flag, in the exact proportions and colors used since the 17th century, and the textual mark ‘Sverige’, accompanied by a local translation for the country’s name. On the second rung we placed those elements which should be used if the medium allows it: A specially commissioned font face, Sweden Sans, to further differentiate the textual marks, and two principal colors — the gold and blue found on Sweden’s flag.”

What do you guys think about the new Identity of Sweden?

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Inspired by - Asia-Pacific

South East Asian Kueh illustrations

Posted by rod - 07.11.2013

It all started off as a proposal for a Peranakan restaurant. In the process of drawing the kueh, Lee Xin Li got fascinated by the plethora of kueh from the various cuisines around South East Asia.

For those of you who never heard of Kueh such as me. Kueh is are bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as Southern China. Kueh can be cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries, and are usually made from rice or glutinous rice.

As some of you know, Kueh has many names, kueh, kuih, kway or kue. There are many forms of spelling for each of the kueh from Baba Malay, Malay ,Indonesian to Chinese. Included are some of the alternative names, using their common names as well for the 3 pieces.

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Inspired by - India

Travel Postcards & Posters of Karntaka India

Posted by rod - 06.11.2013

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Ranganath Krishnamani created a series of travel postcards & posters of Karntaka India that represent the glory and spirit of India. Each artwork tells a story and captures the last impression of the indian heritage. It celebrates the countries art of culture in the true spirit, adding a modern classical twist to the way they have been designed.

This series of postcards, posters and coasters celebrates the heritage, culture and the popular destinations in Karntaka, India.

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Inspired by - New Zealand

The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery

Posted by rod - 05.11.2013

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The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery began with a vision by Bill and Ross Spence to revolutionise the New Zealnad wine Industry back in 1969. Now the winery produces 16 different wines from Souvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.

Matua means “head of the family” in Maori, and thus the logo symbol features a stylised tattooed Maori head. The word mark is a simple serif typeface which is slightly altered in the letter “A” to incorporate the Koru fern feature. This feature can be often see in Maori tattoos, art or even on the Air New Zealand symbol.

This simple but distinct Maori feature was also applied onto the quirky heading font which the winery uses for communication purposes.

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Inspired by - France, USA

Paris versus New York illustrations

Posted by rod - 04.11.2013

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French graphic artist Vahram Muratyan created these lovely minimalist and colourful Paris versus New York illustrations, representing the comparisons and clichés of the two metropolises. Having lived half a year in each city Vahram got the idea to do the illustrations. He posted these illustrations such as baguette vs bagel or Eiffel tower vs Statue of liberty up on his blog parisvsnyc which became quite popular. He also released 3 books of his lovely city illustrations, one of them you can buy via the CreativeRoots bookshelf.

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Inspired by - Vietnam

Saigon Illustrations by Tú Bùi

Posted by rod - 01.11.2013

Ho Chi Minh City illustrator Tú Bùi created these lovely illustrations that sum up the Vietnamese city of Saigon. He illustrated Saigon’s Food and drinking culture to its historic and modern architecture. This is not the first time Tú is featured on CreativeRoots, make sure to check out his Hanoi to Saigon calendar illustrations.

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Inspired by - Mongolia

Mongolian eagle festival

Posted by rod - 31.10.2013

Mongolia is a fascinating country with lots of history and traditions. One of these traditions is the annual eagle festival deep within the Altai mountain range. The festival is quite an experience, the Kazakhs of Mongolia who have train their eagles to hunt for foxes and rabbits compete against each other during the festivities. Amongst the prizes to be won are for the fastest eagle and traditional Kazakh dress. Ahmed Zulkamal had the opportunity to experience the festival and took these amazing photos.

via Boing Boing

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Inspired by - Spain

City of Barcelona made of architecture, typography and illustration

Posted by rod - 30.10.2013

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If you love the Spanish city of Barcelona + architecture + typography + illustration, this project by German illustrator Simon Prades should interest you.

The grid of the quarter around Sagrada familia consist of square blocks, which are very similar in height and size and represent the Architecture of the city very good in my opinion. I like the idea, that each block is filled with hundreds of very different lifes and opinions, but looks so calm and similar from above.

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Inspired by - Arabia

Habibis – Arabic-Mexican fusion taqueria identity

Posted by rod - 29.10.2013

Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habibis is a fusion restaurant between Arabic and Mexican. The taco stand approached Anagrama to create a brand identity that adapts stylised Arabic calligraphy to a typical Mexican street setting.

“Deep research and careful understanding of the Arabic alphabet was needed to design, using calligraphic pens and special brushes, the various words and signage in both Arabic and Latin. The custom type is accompanied by Gotham, a gentle and neutral typeface that would allow the bespoken logotypes to stand out above everything else. The pattern is based on traditional keffiyeh (a Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf) and gorgeously intrinsic mosaic patterns.”

I quite like the identity but I miss the Mexican influence in the identity after all thats what makes the place unique

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