- 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 - Netherland
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
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.
Various ocean vessels
Modes of coastal transport
Beach sports, manta ray, loggerhead turtle, macaque in hot springs
Snowboarding, Higuma brown bear, waterfall at Shiretoko peninsula, Japanese crane
Himeji Castle, Sanuki udon, sumo wrestler, lacquered rice bowl
Mt. Fuji, Kokeshi dolls, dairy cow, Aomoria apples
Kamakura bronze buddah, Beppu hot springs, Shisa lion-dog, Gasso villiage
Ramen, Nara temples, Buddhist pilgrims, Hiroshima Peace memorial
Tanegashima rocket launchpad, Itsukushima Shinto shrine, crested ibis, rice fields
Seto Ohashi bridge, oysters, Tokyo Skytree, mudskipper
Taketomi Island water buffalo & cart
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Inspired by - Europe
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 The illustration has been made according to the description and historical references.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.
DESCRIPTION: ‘Gules escutcheon, a two-headed eagle each head imperially crowned holding in its dexter talon a sceptre and in its sinister talon a globus cruciger and ensigned with an imperial crown all Or.’
‘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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Inspired by - South Africa
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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“Ruta Maya Dark is a blend of new and old world. With a traditional German Schwarzbier, or dark lager, Hops & Grain Brewing pairs Ruta Maya dark roast coffee, sourced from Chiapas, Mexico. This unique, sensational beer carries distinct coffee and cocoa notes as well as a rich, smokey flavor.
Our contemporary translation of this beers’ Mayan and German roots through type and color palette results in a distinctive can that portrays the richness of the style. When approaching the design, we reinterpreted traditional Mayan stamp motifs plus jaguar mask imagery and combined that with Ruta Maya’s logo typography. This imagery can then be broken apart and used as graphics for supporting promotional materials.” via thedieline
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Inspired by - Scandinavia
These Illustrations were created by Elena Lombardi for Visit Sweden and the other Scandinavian partners for their booth at the international tourism fair in Milan. Each of the Scandinavian countries is represented with their own sights and natural beauties, but all the illustrations tie together in one unique landscape that was printed 4 meters high and 14 meters long.
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Inspired by - Norway
In modern times Christians all over the world celebrates Christmas. It is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of the Winter solstice, occurring in the northern hemisphere during the coldest season of the year. Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a festive mood. The return of light (life) was a reason to celebrate that Nature’s cycle was continuing.
At this time, the animals for slaughter were the fattest,
flour had been processed,
all the work of autumn was completed,
and it was time to celebrate.
Primstav is the ancient Norwegian perpetual calendar stick. These calendars did not disappear after Lutheranism was introduced into Norway, they merely changed their function and became agricultural almanacs, where the signs representing the Catholic saints acquired new meanings, now related to housekeeping and agriculture.
The division of the year on the primstav was divided into a summer half (April 14th – October 13th , the period of harvesting) and a winter half (October 14th – April 13th, the period of consuming).
Hellstrøm ChristmasAquavit 2013 reaffirms those symbols loaded with an ancient wisdom in the form of a pattern transmitting both a festive mood and a vast heritage connected to nature, farming and conviviality. Production batch of n.6237 gold enameled bottles. The Hellstrøm Juleaquavit packaging design was designed by OlssønBarbieri
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Inspired by - Italy
Thesis Project in Graphic Design by Roberto Picerno
Undergraduate degree in Product Design, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Bari,
relators: Mauro Bubbico, Nino Perrone
Domestic canvas are common objects of everyday use, and sometimes they are decorated with representation of the territory. This representation is made with typical elements of that specific territory, as natural landscapes, gastronomical products, relevant characters of the past as well as important architectures and pieces of art. These element are part of an alphabet, they become the common language of inhabitants of that territory. This alphabet is defined by the territory itself, selected after decades and decades of community life and sharing. They are a spontaneous self-representations, which called Roberto’s attention as new ways for defining the identity of a territory, in particular the italian regions. Usually these canvases are sold as souvenirs to the tourists in Italy.
Roberto started from this humble and common artifact as a medium for a diffuse and shared visual identity. He selected some categories and started his research looking for common elements that could define a territorial alphabet. For each relevant element he designed an icon. Roberto took Calabria as pilot region to start a new definition of the regional visual identity.
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Inspired by - China