- 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 - China
Inspired by the gorgeous yet warm atmosphere of the dining room in a Shanghai villa, of Shanghai Po Po 336 is a modern and chic restaurant serving luxurious home style Shanghai cuisine. 336 symbolizes the number plate of Grandma’s house (Po Po means Grandma), and has similar pronunciation as Xie Xie Nong in Shanghai dialect, meaning to say Thank You to families or customers. The restaurant identity is a mixture of Mandarin and English, illustrations, symbols, logos. Designed by Ken Lo
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If you have a love for cities and type, you should check out the Show us your type site. Below are some of the submitted entries of Japans capital Tokyo. The cool thing about Tokyo is that there is so much culture, history and other suff which designers can take inspiration from. If its the bright neon lights, Gorzilla, or its ancient temples and shrines. Some of my favourite posters are the energetic manga Tokyo poster and the simple Tokyo type that transforms into Japanese script. In the past CR has featured some of the Hong Kong, Cairo and Berlin posters.
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Inspired by - Vietnam
Der politische Reiseführer
Vietnam has had quite a historical political past from being governed by a series of Chinese dynasties to the U.S -led Vietnam War. Luisa Le created the Political travel guide of Vietnam for her Masterthesis at The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Hochschule. The guide is aimed at the political and culture interested traveler who likes to read about the facts, stories and statistics. The idea was to convert a somewhat dry yet important subject into an inspiring and informative guide. The reader should be able to form their own opinion based on the facts. With the help of infographics and illustrations Luisa created a easy to understand and engaging Masterthesis, similar to yesterdays food wast guide.
If you like beautifully designed and somewhat different travel guides check out these:
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Inspired by - Hong Kong
With a population of over 7 million people Hong Kong is a world city that is a melting pot of people, cultures, history and food. One of the many highlights of Hong Kong is the variety of food, which is cherished by its residents. Unfortunately as with every city HK creates a substantial amount of food which is wasted, 1/3 to be exact. Especially during the festive season when families reunite and slap up a lavish meal to celebrate the good fortune of plentitude a lot of food goes in the bin.
Yaumatei Gardener, together with the support of MaD Good Lab asked the question how the people of Hong Kong can wast less. The result was the Shi Po Cherish Food Guide, which is a booklet that aims to raise the social awareness of cherishing and saving food in daily life. The guide features methods and tips of saving food, which was the result of the teams research and interviews with the community.
Good Morning was the design studio behind the two booklets, who created the lovely illustrations and infographis to catch people’s attention. The guide is bilingual, and the easy to understand pictograms also help the positive information to be spread widely within in different classes.
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Despite loosing almost everything apart from their lives the surviving resident men of the area near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan returned to the area for a short while in 2011, just a few months after the disaster. For more than a 1,000 years the people of Fukushima gathered togather, dressed up in their traditional Samurai costumes to hold the annual celebration of the Soma Nomaoi samurai culture. Armoured from head to toe with inherited family flags that hang from their backs, five hundred samurai storm forward recreating a battle scene.
Due to the radiation the people around the nuclear plant had to relocate. The Nomaoi men took Japanese photographer Noriko Takasugi to the restricted area, to the places personally meaningful to them.
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Inspired by - World
In 1998 Karen Young setup one of the first independent American greeting card companies, in San Francisco called Loose Petals. Throughout the years she’s been creating city skyline illustrations from Cape town to Seoul and from Oslo to Santiago. All here skyline illustrations are printed on a woven textured stock that is 100% recycled.
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Inspired by - South Africa
“Traditionally Zulu women make their own beer that the men drink at festivals or weddings. A Zulu festival beer was created, making use of traditional colours and symbols. The beer named “Bhuti” refers to a brother, bro, or guy friend. The masks on each of the bottles refer to the traditional masks that were used at Zulu festivals, also inspired by the wood-carved Zulu masks that can be bought in KwaZulu-Natal. A triangle was used in the logo. A zigzag pattern was also used in the design. This is depicted from the traditional beer baskets and means masculinity. Each colour used has a specific meaning within the Zulu culture. When a colour is used next to white it gives it a positive meaning. White represents spiritual love. Black indicates rebirth, and yellow wealth. Lastly red indicates love and strong emotion. Traditionally two types of beer are made, namely a darker sorghum beer and a lighter maize beer, thus the reason for making a series of two types of beer. Promotional items include a cap, T-shirt, bottle opener, as well as coasters.
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Inspired by - Slovenia
Stone Square, Bratislava, Slovakia
It’s not by accident that Stone Square in Bratislava has been translated to Stone Square. Many years ago, when department store named Prior was prior to be opened, a stone from space landed unexpectedly in the middle of the square at 10am, and remains there until now. Many years passed and it became a meeting point. In the background we can see Hotel Kiev which, they say, will not be there for much longer. That’s why we can call this painting “historical”.
Chamois TV Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tallest tower in Slovakia, Chamois, was build with intention of catching signals from outer space. Even now it is a place that ufologists from whole wide middle Europe attend once a year for annual tent symposium.
Hotel Patria, Strbske Pleso – a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin, Slovakia
It was spring of 1964, when a young british actress Julie Christie (then still very little-known) was in this hotel on a leisure stay. After she took a bath in the lake in front of the hotel, she got an offer for a role in the movie Doctor Zhivago, which made her famous. Therefore we can see a ladder–symbol in the landscape painting, which symbolizes the rise.
Tatralandia, High Tatras, Slovakia
Well known swimming pool and sauna paradise surrounded by mountains, used mostly in summer. Only a chosen few know that there is a colored flamingo that shows itself next to one of the pools. And it has been showing itself for years, to those who accidentally have a sip of water from that pool.
Slovnaft, Oil refinery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Trip with adventure. Plan a romantic evening for two – balloon flight over the flashing Slovnaft.
Chance to order dinner on board.
Central Train Station, Bratislava, Slovakia
A building made of metal sheet, a japanese-villa-look-alike, will greet you upon train arrival. The legend says, that anybody who sit down on this bench in front of the station, will have all personal belongings teleported immediately and contactless to unknown places within seconds. Wanna try out?
Train Station Poprad – High Tatras, Slovakia
This unique view on sensitively planted concrete jungle in front of Tatras can be spotted from train window on the train station Poprad – Tatry. Recommended for tourists that love contrast of nature and concrete.
Beautiful Mountain’s Bus Stop, Paradise of Housing Blocks, Bratislava, Slovakia
On first glance, an ordinary bus stop next to a news stand. But if you miss the bus, a magickal bearded grandpa will approach you and you will witness a sleight-of-hand coin disappearance.
UFO, New Bridge, Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava’s legendary UFO on New Bridge was built in honor of a Synagogue that was destroyed by real UFO in the 80’s of 20th century. Construction on the bridge shows UFO during the operation.
Nuclear Power Station, Mochovce, Slovakia
Past, future and infinity. Village next to Mochovce had to make place for nuclear power plant. All that was left untouched, is it’s previous dominant feature – a church, which is now a beautiful asset to power plant panorama.
The legend has is that when you rip out three silver hairs from mister’s mustache, you’ll be granted one wish.
The similarity with the Slovak president is entirely coincidental.
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The art of Noren
Japan is one of the greatest countries I have been to. Their ability to balance traditions and modernity is outstanding and unique. One of the traditional characteristics one will see around the streets of Japan is Noren. Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers, and are used in various ways. Shops and restaurants use them to display their shop name or logo, but also to protect from sun, wind and dust. Inside the restaurant they are used to separate dining areas from the kitchen. Some shops hang them in front of their entrance to signify that they are open, and take them down when they are closed. Commercial bathhouses “Sentō” or some Onsens also attach them across their entrances, blue Noren is for men and red for women.
Noren is not only used commercially. Japanese people hang them up between rooms, on walls, in windows or doorways.