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Inspired by - China

Ancient way of packaging rice in China

Posted by rod - 03.12.2014

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Digging out ancient ways of doing things is not only popular in some cases but can also be more environmentally friendly. Quian’s gift rice was inspired by the ancient way of packaging rice in China. The packaging was created using plant fiber envelope that is made by local paper-makers and serves as the canvas for the design. Chinese design studio Pesign design chose to use indigo which is also used in the region to dye clothing, for printing the information on the packaging. They used traditional symbols that are applied by hand. By the looks of it they used block printing.

 

Pesign design won the Platinum Pentaward 2014 for best of the category food.

 

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Inspired by - Norway

The new Norwegian Passport

Posted by rod - 01.12.2014

The new Norwegian Passport

Basically all countries passports tell the same story similar to its money. They either show off the nations key figures, history, animals, nature or landmarks. But none as far as I know have managed to incorporate a security detail that goes hand in hand with the overall design that also represents a key national element, as the new Norwegian Passport. The new Norwegian passport, which was designed by Neue a Norwegian multi-discipline design studio based in Oslo won the competition with it concept “The Norwegian landscape”

The one page which everyone is raving about is one where the mountains rise from the sea / fjord. When placed under a black light the page will reveal an image of the Northern Lights making it an innovative approach to security. I wish they would of shown more pages. According to the jury the concept will make the document widely accepted and they appreciate the solutions simplicity. The design is appealing and stylish, the colours are subtle and abstraction of landscape is exciting. The proposal seems to be designed with great emphasis on the function of passports and ID cards, and emerges clearly as a value document.

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Inspired by - India

Henna inspired packaging labels

Posted by rod - 18.11.2014

Henna inspired packaging label

Vancouver design studio Brandever together with illustrator Nina Hunter created these traditional henna inspired packaging labels for Umi’s indian kitchen. Umi’s kitchen specialises in making authentic Indian sauces and Chatnis from their Vancouver base.

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Inspired by - Norway

Oslo City survey illustrations

Posted by rod - 17.11.2014

One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.  The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

One of my favourite magazines Monocle created a city survey of Oslo (my current home) in their 78th issue. In addition, although very small, they also included the VisitOslo logo which I have been working on for the past year. South African design studio Muti who also illustrated a map of Japan for Monocle got the task to illustrate the Norwegian capital for the city survey.

The Oslo City survey illustrations include most of the cities main attractions such as the Opera house, Akershus Festning, Vulkan, Vigelands park, the Palace etc. They also included some of the lesser-known aspects of the city at least for tourists such as the skiing slope, the beach huk, Hoved island and the many music festivals. Having lived in the Oslo for 7 years I think the people in the illustrations are way to happy. And perhaps the background colour which lies under the text is a bit off, giving it the impression that Oslo is situated in a tropical country. Apart from that I love it as most of the work from Muti. Monocle perhaps could of commission an illustrator from Norway.

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Inspired by - Africa

Out of Africa collection

Posted by rod - 11.11.2014

Inspiring African patterns and fabrics, interesting smells, and decorative crafts make up the Out of Africa collection from Australian Lifestyle brand Mozi. If you like African art and design and want to spice up your home a little, this collection could be for you.

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Inspired by - Peru

Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco bar brand identity

Posted by rod - 10.11.2014

Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco bar brand identity

Having been frustrated that Peruvian cuisine was almost unknown in the UK, Martine Morales made it his challenge to get the tastes of Peru out there. Hens the Peruvian restaurant Ceviche was born, which is situated in Soho, London. The restaurant also its own Pisco bar which makes Peruvian cocktails. For those who don’t know the name Ceviche is a seafood dish, popular in the coastal regions of central and south America and its origin lies in the area of present-day Peru.

With the help of interior designer “Schneider Designers” and London’s small multi-disciplinary design studio “Here design” the restaurant came alive. Here Design took care of the branding, signage website and not to forget the Cheviche’s own cook book which got featured in the  1014 D&AD book.

The Ceviche and Pisco Bar resembles a cool fish market bar. Zinc walls and the bartop references fish scales, simple white tiles bring the fish market to life, the red wooden bar resembles the wooden boats used to bring freshly caught fish into Lima’s busy Chorrillos port and carefully chosen Lima industrial retro lighting gives you the feel you are taken back in time. A designed tiled mural brings Lima’s bustling markets to mind. This is also a place to show some of what Ceviche offers including dishes, drinks and values including Vinos, Causas and “Aqui se cocina con cariño” – here we cook with love and care.

Our main restaurant is designed with the neighborhood of Barranco in mind. Barranco is Lima’s Soho. It is a bohemian place where writers, musicians, poets and artists hang out and live. It is where the communist party of Peru was formed, and Peru’s best songs were written as well as a place to eat, drinks and have the best conversations.”

The restaurant also features a Peruvian Hero wall which celebrates key Peruvians in important moments of their lives. There is also a changing collection of framed posters that represent moments in time of Peruvian ate and culture.

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Inspired by - Japan

Now Japan 2014

Posted by rod - 03.11.2014

Illustrator Karolis Strautniekas was commissioned to do the illustrations for an advert for the Now Japan 2014 festival in Lithuania. The brief was to crate something a bit edgy and original, visually attractive and minimal. Clichés about Japanese culture became the axis of our animation.

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Credits:
Production: wowburo
Concept and Creative Direction: Other PeterKarolis Strautniekas
Illustration: Karolis Strautniekas
Animation: Other Peter
Graphic design: Džiugas Valančauskas
Sound: Sonar

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Inspired by - Africa

Elephant Gin packaging design

Posted by rod - 30.10.2014

Elephant Gin packaging design

Gin has been around for a long long time in Africa and is still now a popular drink especially whilst on safari. The Elephant Gin is a handcrafted London Dry gin inspired by the pioneering spirt of early explorers of Africa. The packaging design which was created by Simon Frouws is beautifully illustrated and features an illustrated map of South Africa and the gins main symbol, an Elephant holding a Gin bottle in his trunk.

The gin is distilled using 14 botanicals, including uniquely African ingredients such as Baobab, Buchu and African Wormwood. Worth mentioning is that 15% of its profits go to the Big life Foundation and Space for elephants.

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Inspired by - Malaysia

Malaysian inspired illustrations for the 2013 GDAYX event

Posted by rod - 29.10.2014

Malaysian inspired illustrations

George Town designer Valen Lim Chong Chin was commissioned to create the visual identity for the 2013 GDayX event in Malaysia. The event is a community-organised event supported by Google and organised by Google Business Group Malaysia. The task was to create an event identity that represents Malays yet maintain the corporate colours of GBGMalaysia. Valen created a bunch of Malaysian inspired illustrations based on localised elements like tourist hotspots, food, nature, transportation, and iconic buildings.

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