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Inspired by - Switzerland

Appenzeller Alpenbitter a Swiss classic

Posted by rod - 10.04.2014

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Emil Ebneter founded the Appenzeller Alpenbitter AG in 1902. He opened a spirit store and created alcoholic drinks which one couldn’t drink anywhere else. One of these drinks was the famous Appenzeller Alpenbitter that  uses a total of 42 selected herbs. The recipe has remained unchanged ever since the beginning and is a well-kept family secret. The drink which originates in the Appenzell canton in the northeast of Switzerland. The label design was inspired by the iconic alpine hut Gasthaus Aescher – Wildkirchli which is situated in Appenzellerland.

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Inspired by - China

Mingren Mingyan Chinese tea packaging

Posted by rod - 09.04.2014

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The Chinese tea Mingren Mingyan originates in the Fujian Province, near the Wuyi mountain. This area is also the root to Chinese tea culture. Translated the name ‘Mingren’ means tea maker or the man who sampling tea; ‘Mingya’ means the geographical location of tea growth and the special conditions of the land that gives rise to the unique flavor of the tea produced.

This Chinese tea packaging was designed by Beijing design agency One & One design. According to thedieline the design of the MINGYIN tea collection is as followed:

“The design of the word ‘Ming’ is inspired by an ancient form of Chinese art – rock rubbing. It is also representative of the Chinese culture, linking tea growth to China’s history. In content, ‘Ming’ could be loosely translated to ‘well-known’, again the two collections are tied up in a subtle way.

In the design of the logo, we have highlighted ‘艹’ (grass) of the word ‘茗’ and ‘山’ (mountain) of the word ‘岩’. It is only in the wild nature, between the heaven and earth, may we find the best tea plantation.”

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Inspired by - Indonesia

Jakarta Illustrated Map

Posted by rod - 08.04.2014

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Indonesian designer Retno Hadiningdiah created this Jakarta illustrated Map for Nike ASEAN. Nike ASEAN held a Country Leadership Team Meeting in Jakarta with attendees coming from all around Southeast Asia. This illustrated map was handed out to the attendees along with some information about the city as their guide to the city during their whole stay.

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Inspired by - Japan

Japanese Kanji giff

Posted by rod - 07.04.2014

Tokyo COGLab created these fantastic Japanese Kanji Giff animation. The animations represent the different landscapes through the Japanese writing system Kanji. The type landscapes illustrate the tree, river, temple and gates of the Japanese city of Kyoto. Check out the full video animation here.

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kanji【門】 gate Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【雨】 rain Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【竹】 bamboo Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【木】 tree Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【間】 room Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【寺⁵】 five story pagodas Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【布】 shop curtain Japanese Kanji giff

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kanji【傘】 umbrella Japanese Kanji giff

 

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Inspired by - USA

The seven wonders of Oregon campaign

Posted by rod - 24.03.2014

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I like the seven wonders of Oregon campaign because it looks and feels different from all the other destination campaigns which in my eye’s look the same. Travel Oregon made it’s biggest marketing investment ever which I hope payed off. The $3 million marketing campaign which uses TV spots, Instagram photos, print ads and other forms of online content was devolved by Wieden + Kennedy, Substance and Sparkloft Media. The campaign argues that whoever named the seven wonders of the world, never set font in Oregon. Therefor Travel Oregon named it’s own 7 state wonders: the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock.

What really inspires me are the wonder logo illustrations which are placed like stamps on top of impressive images of the wonder. The designers took the illustration style all the way to their website where they integrated into the menu, the footer and into the layout of each article.

Which of the wonders would you like to visit?

 

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Inspired by - Netherland

Dutch Mafia Project

Posted by rod - 18.03.2014

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The Dutch Mafia font and icon set is a self promotional project created by Michael Nÿkamp

The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was born from my experiences growing up in a Dutch immigrant family in a predominately Dutch community in Ontario, Canada. The letterforms and symbols recall the unique traditions and images of my childhood, including delft pottery, Sinterklaas, oliebollen, wooden shoes, and mini windmills sitting out on front lawns as garden ornaments.

The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was a self-initiated project. I wanted the style to be simple, ornamental in nature, and amusing–the sarcasm with which it illustrates Dutch culture is completely intentional. At its heart, I hope the font and icon set conveys my enjoyment of, and fondness for, Dutch cultural traditions and objects.

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Inspired by - Japan

Japan map illustrations for Monocle Magazine

Posted by rod - 17.03.2014

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Creative design studio MUTI illustrated this lovely map of Japan for Monocle Magazines issue 69. The map includes icons which highlight some of Japans most well know landmarks, animals and people form the different regions of the country. If you love this illustration check out MUTI’s cape town illustrations.

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Various ocean vessels

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Modes of coastal transport

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Beach sports, manta ray, loggerhead turtle, macaque in hot springs

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Snowboarding, Higuma brown bear, waterfall at Shiretoko peninsula, Japanese crane

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Himeji Castle, Sanuki udon, sumo wrestler, lacquered rice bowl

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Mt. Fuji, Kokeshi dolls, dairy cow, Aomoria apples

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Kamakura bronze buddah, Beppu hot springs, Shisa lion-dog, Gasso villiage

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Ramen, Nara temples, Buddhist pilgrims, Hiroshima Peace memorial

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Tanegashima rocket launchpad, Itsukushima Shinto shrine, crested ibis, rice fields

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Seto Ohashi bridge, oysters, Tokyo Skytree, mudskipper

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Taketomi Island water buffalo & cart

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Inspired by - Europe

Interpreting the Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands coat of arms

Posted by rod - 13.03.2014

Russian designer Ivan Belikov created these three illustrations which interpret the Russian, Ukraine and Dutch coat of arms. The main idea was to create an interpretation that would be based on general elements of coat of arms. The illustration has been made according to the description and historical references. I am looking forward to seeing more coat of arms from Ivan in the future.

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DESCRIPTION: ‘Azure escutcheon, tryzub Or.’
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‘Most historians agree that tryzub most probably depicts a stylized falcon which according to the Slavic mythology was the Primary god (Pershoboh).’

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NETHERLANDS

DESCRIPTION: ‘Azure escutcheon, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or.’
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MOTTO: “Je Maintiendrai” french for “I will maintain”.

 

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Inspired by - South Africa

Cape Town illustrations – Wish You Were Here Calendar

Posted by rod - 10.03.2014

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I definitely wish I was in Cape Town, South Africa. Ask Alice Stationery in Australia invited 12 artists from around the world to illustrate their hometown. Cape Town resident Muti was one of the invited artists who did these illustrations which highlight some of the cities iconic places such as the Table Mountain, the St. Martini Curch or the Bo Kaap. The 12 illustrations were used for Ask Alice Stationery’s third Annual charity Calendar project which donates 100% of the profits to Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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