- 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 - Philippines
Have a look at this film of 92 year old Whang Od, the filipino tattoo maker from the tiny mountain village of Buscalan, Philipines. The hidden village on the Luzon island is tucked away from the tourist trail and is surrounded by spectacular rice terraces. Whang Od became famous after appearing on a National Geographic report a while ago. She is one of the remaining people in her village that still practise and knows about the tribal culture. Until recently she was the last Kalinga tattoo maker.
“According to specialists, this practice is about a thousand years old and was used as a skin natural language transmitted from generation to generation.”
For more information head over to the awesome filmmakers “Looking for Stories“, who created the above documentary of Whang Od. Back in 2011 CreativeRoots featured the last tattooed women of Kalinga, amongst these black and white photos is also Whang Od. Go and check them out.
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Inspired by - Turkey
Turkish illustrator Tamer Köşeli was commissioned by The Adquarters to complete a series of illustrations for the Turkish Ministry of Culture and tourism. The illustrations cover a lot of Turkish places, monuments and cultural/historical artifacts. To mention a few Tamer included the statures of Mt. Nemrut, the historic region of Cappadocia, Noah’s Ark, water pipes, kebab and a ton more. Tamer is now stranger on CreativeRoots if you like this work check out the Icons of Istanbul post.
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Inspired by - Hong Kong
Sneaker brand Converse recently launched its limited edition Pro Leather shoes in addition to an art exhibition in Hong Kong, which rather looks cool. The theme of the exhibition was to incorporate Hong Kong’s street culture and local characteristics. Designer Benny Luk was one of the creatives to work on the exhibition. The main visual feature, the Star Chevron from Pro-Leather, was re-interpreted and redesign into a collage of Classic old Hong Kong logos’s and typography. via sixstation
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Inspired by - Africa
Back in 2010 illustrator George Butler traveled 21000 km overland, all the way from London to Libreville, Gabon, Africa. The journey took over 7 months to complete passing through 10 countries. Whilst on this epic adventure George documented his experiences though his illustrations.
“The brief was to describe the characters, scenarios, wildernesses and wildlife as I found it.”
Some of his “Drawn to Africa” illustrations where published in The Times newspaper, were he also got the chance to describe his journey in words. The section where George narrowly escapes a kidnap attempt in Mali is worth a read.
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Inspired by - Argentina
Between the 1930s and 1970s Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, designed a series of modern iconic buildings that shaped the city, defining a profile and a character of its own. CPAU commissioned local design studio imagenHB to created an exhibition and campaign called “Moderna Buenos Aires“ that showcases the cities modern architectural icons, highlighting the peculiar character of the modern buildings. The design studio decided to created a series of pixel illustrations, breaking down the buildings into its most simplest form, without loosing its recognisable character of being the most iconic buildings of the city. The following buildings Comega, Kavanagh, Biblioteca Nacional, Ateliers Para artistas, Ex Banco Londres, TMGSM, Cine Y teatro gran rex, and ACA Casa Central were all showcased.
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Traditional Chinese architectures is special among historical buildings in Hong Kong. It isn’t only because of the historical value and the artistic architectural style, but also the manifestation of the Chinese spiritual life – the pursuit of luck, fortune and happiness. TGIF were asked to design the identity and promotional items for the Hong Kong traditional Chinese architecture exhibition. The visual graphic elements and the typography was created by the details of traditional Chinese architecture, which was implemented on different applications.
Inspired by - Japan
A fresh take on sushi
Singapore’s first DIY sushi restaurant Maki-San has an absolutely fabulous visual identity and brand. It’s colourful, diverse, and engaging. Design studio Kinetic had the honours to create the identity which received a bunch of awards.
Kinetic also came up with the restaurants name Maki-San. The word “San” roughly translates as “misteter” or “Missus” in Japanese and by using this suffix, each Maki could be uniquely personified. The logo is made up of emoticons commonly used in Japanese pop culture.
The visual identity has endless possibilities, using the hand-drawn illustrations of ingredients such as avocados, prawns, cucumbers. These ingredients are composed into patterns, and are Maki-San’s main visual element, which were applied throughout the consumer experience, from the packaging to the business cards.
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Inspired by - Armenia
2nd year design student Harant Petrosyan recently completed his thesis at the YSUAC in Armenia where he explored Armenian cultural identities. Harent was interested and felt it was necessary to present Armenian cultural figures as a common system of graphic symbols. Armenia’s cultural figures range from prehistoric bronze statues to today’s pop icons and cultural influencers. The end result was nine graphic images, which were applied onto stamps.
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Inspired by - England
UK Illustrator Kerry Hyndman recently was commissioned by The Graphical Tree to produce 5 large scale London borough map illustrations, which were display in their London office windows and walls. The maps have been printed on vinyls.
The five Borough maps are the closest to The Graphical Tree. As a Londoner Kerry chose the locations based on a few of his favourite iconic buildings and places to visit in London, with a generous scattering of the best cafes and pubs too.