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United Nations project – babel of the millennium

Posted by rod - 27.11.2013

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This 75-foot hight art installation by New York based artist Wenda Gu is very extraordinary. The pice is called United Nations – Bable of the Millennium and is part of the permeant collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For the past 20 years Wenda collected hair from 352 barber shops and hair salons from 18 different countries on every continent. The concept was to merge language and culture together through the form of hair. The 100 panels are all woven together and feature scripted lettering made out of hair based on Chinese, English, Hindi and Arabic.

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Inspired by - India

The Golden Temple – India

Posted by rod - 26.11.2013

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US Photographer Julie Hall had the opportunity to travel to Indian and visit on of Indias most holy places.

“Most sacred shrine of the Sikh faith, Harmandir Sahib (The Abode of God or The Golden Temple), offers a singular experience of faith, community and culture in India. Sikhism professes the equality of all people and rejects discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste or gender. The faith emerged during the 15th century in the Punjab region that today spans India and Pakistan. Its founder, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, strongly rejected the Hindu caste system, polytheism and all forms of asceticism. He preached devotion to a single God, the brotherhood of man and commitment to community service. Ten gurus followed Guru Nanak and their collective teachings are enshrined in the Sikh holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which is housed inside the Golden Temple (also known as Harimandir Sahib) and treated as a living guru. No photography is allowed inside the Golden Temple but it’s a fascinating scene where scriptures from the holy book are sung and music is played to an audience of people sitting on the floor. Peaceful, welcoming vibes abound. A distinct feature of all Sikh temples and the living embodiment of their faith is the langar, a volunteer-run kitchen that serves free vegetarian meals to all. The langar at the Golden Temple is the largest volunteer kitchen in the world, serving approximately 80,000 people a day and a million or more on holidays. It’s open 24-hours a day, everyone sits on the floor to eat, and anyone can pitch in and help, and they do. Its every Sikh’s duty. Surrounding the dining hall are huge areas where people peel and chop vegetables, make chapatis, cook lentils in huge cauldrons, and collect and wash dishes. Hindus, women, and people with physical disabilities regularly volunteer at the langar. Most of the images shown here were made during Bandi Chhorh Diwas, a Sikh holiday celebrated on the same day as Diwali, a significant Hindu holiday. Over a million people visit the temple at that time, including thousands of Hindu pilgrims on their return journey (by foot) from the Amarnath cave in the Himalayas, which takes place a few months earlier. People are allowed to sleep at the Golden Temple inside the dormitories and outside around the temple complex. The mood is both festive and devout, which I hope these images convey.”

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Inspired by - Arabia

Dubai map illustration by Josh Cochran for Better Homes

Posted by rod - 25.11.2013

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Dubai based design studio Moloobhoy & Brown were approached by Better Homes to create a one dimensional map of Dubai as part of the ongoing brand refresh. Together with New York illustrator Josh Cochran they created a playful and detailed Dubai map illustration. The team explored the extreme clichés of Dubai, together with showcasing the various districts of the city and the very different personalities and characteristics married to each of those areas.

“From vibrant Downtown and Marina, to the older district of Deira around Dubai Creek. The fantasy hotels, villas on the Palm, racecourse, ski slope, bustling sidewalks at the base of the city’s skyscrapers and more importantly the people that make this city buzz. There is something for everyone to discover.”

 

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Inspired by - Malaysia

HashTag Hey Penang

Posted by rod - 22.11.2013

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HashTagHeyPenang is a self initiated project & Tourism Campaign by Zachary Khoo to promote Penang! Zachary believes that the Malaysian island of Penang has more to offer than just its famous Georgetown and variety of food.

 

His approach was to create a graphic and illustrative visual language that is bold, fun and aims at enhance Penang’s tourism.

 

As the post title kind of mentions, the tourism campaign is built around the idea of social media. In addition to the campaign identity, a pop up photo booth was placed around the city, to encourage tourists and locals to share their pictures/videos of Penang on the Social Network with Hash Tag Hey Penang.

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Inspired by - Mexico

Mexican street food culture – Tacombi

Posted by rod - 21.11.2013

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Taste the traditional flavours of Mexican homestyle food of Tacombi. The New York based Mexican restaurant was born on the beaches of the Yucatan, where Tacombi began selling tacos out of a converted VW bus in Playa del Carmen. Now the bus is parked in a cool looking place on Elizabeth street, which looks like a garage as well as a cantina.

The casual looking restaurant has a distinct Mexican feel to it. From the moment you see the restaurant, you’ll see some nice features such as the signage around the building. Inside the taqueria there are lovely pieces of Mexican graphics, typography and advertising dotted around. The foldable chars and tables add to the Mexican street food atmosphere.

Have you been to the Tacombi at Fonda Nolita?

via weheart

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The Malayalee Alphabet

Posted by rod - 20.11.2013

Over the summer Indian illustrator Taarika John drew a whole bunch of characters in her notebook. After a while she decided to work on them further and created an A to Z of Malayalees. These posters illustrate a Malayalee for every alphabet.

All the characters are painted using water colours, using a fine liner pen to fill in the details. She then scanned them, and composed the posters on Photoshop.

For enquiries regarding buying prints, you can email Taarika

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Inspired by - England

Sweet View – Limited edition drawings of London by Jack Noel

Posted by rod - 19.11.2013

 

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These are sweet looking London borough drawings by Jack Noel. The colourful illustrations of Borough Market in Southwark, St Leonards Church in Hackny to the Hammersmith bridge in  Hammersmith & Fulham are all limited edition A2 posters which are available over at sweet view. via thefoxisblack

If you love these illustrations check out these London borough map illustrations by Kerry Hyndman

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Inspired by - Singapore

Singapore illustrations through the eye’s of Lee Xin Li

Posted by rod - 18.11.2013

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Singaporean illustrator Lee Xin Li created a bunch of Singapore illustrations. Some of them are realistic and some such as the tram image and the Old National Theatre were once part of the Singaporean city icons. Personally I really like the Katong illustrations, with the old shophouses and  which looks like the Singapore girl hitching a ride on the back of a bike.

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5 cosmopolitan city illustrations from around the world by Aldo Crusher

Posted by rod - 15.11.2013

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Drawing vector cities has in the last few years become quite popular and I love it. Magazines such as Monocle, Orxy inflight mag or Good mag have done a great job to promote this friendly style. Mexican designer Aldo Crusher has created 5 cosmopolitan city illustrations from around the world, for the magazine Air’s Cosmopolis section. His illustrations feature Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Madrid, New York, and Shanghai. via weandthecolor

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