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Inspired by - Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan newspaper ink repels mosquitos

Posted by rod - 17.06.2014

This is such a fantastic example where a great and simple idea can save lives. The Mawbima newspaper, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular newspapers has created the worlds first Mosquito repellant papers. The entire newspaper was printed mixing ink and the natural citronella essence, a natural and effective mosquito repellent. Over the past couple of years Dengue fever has had quite a tremendous effect in Sri Lanka infecting 30,000 peole alone in 2013. So someone had to inform and something had to be done.

Mawbima teamed up with Leo Burnett Sri Lanka to create the campaign which first included a series of print ads, showing mosquitos behind letter of the local Sinhalese script (language). After the initial campaign which was really successful especially the bus shelters which were covered in citronella, the newspaper printed the entire morning and evening newspaper using the mix for World Health Day.

The newspaper was sold out by 10am although they increased the volume. They saw a 30 percent increase in sales, along with 300,00 increase in readership. Not only were the people protected but they could also read about Dengue fever.

via psfk

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Inspired by - Hong Kong

The dying art of Hong Kong’s neon signs

Posted by rod - 16.06.2014

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

See America travel posters by Steven Thomas

Posted by rod - 26.05.2014

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.

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Inspired by - Australia

Australian packaging design Manikay

Posted by rod - 12.05.2014

 

 

US based design studio Cult Partner were inspired by the paintings and culture of the Australian Aborigines which influenced their Manikay Wine packaging design.

“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

Indian truck art on mobile restroom

Posted by rod - 06.05.2014

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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.

via designboom

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Inspired by - England

Nostalgic Pembrokeshire coast travel poster designs

Posted by rod - 05.05.2014

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

Sarajevo city illustrations

Posted by rod - 24.04.2014

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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.

via theeuropeanpost

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Inspired by - Mexico

Mexican inspired book cover design by Cherry Bomb

Posted by rod - 23.04.2014

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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.

via experimenta

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Inspired by - China

Chinese Teassert packaging design

Posted by rod - 22.04.2014

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The Chinese Teassert packaging design was designed by Toronto design student Lily Kao.

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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