- 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 - Japan
Illustrator Karolis Strautniekas was commissioned to do the illustrations for an advert for the Now Japan 2014 festival in Lithuania. The brief was to crate something a bit edgy and original, visually attractive and minimal. Clichés about Japanese culture became the axis of our animation.
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Inspired by - Africa
Gin has been around for a long long time in Africa and is still now a popular drink especially whilst on safari. The Elephant Gin is a handcrafted London Dry gin inspired by the pioneering spirt of early explorers of Africa. The packaging design which was created by Simon Frouws is beautifully illustrated and features an illustrated map of South Africa and the gins main symbol, an Elephant holding a Gin bottle in his trunk.
The gin is distilled using 14 botanicals, including uniquely African ingredients such as Baobab, Buchu and African Wormwood. Worth mentioning is that 15% of its profits go to the Big life Foundation and Space for elephants.
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Inspired by - Malaysia
George Town designer Valen Lim Chong Chin was commissioned to create the visual identity for the 2013 GDayX event in Malaysia. The event is a community-organised event supported by Google and organised by Google Business Group Malaysia. The task was to create an event identity that represents Malays yet maintain the corporate colours of GBGMalaysia. Valen created a bunch of Malaysian inspired illustrations based on localised elements like tourist hotspots, food, nature, transportation, and iconic buildings.
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Inspired by - USA
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Inspired by - Africa
A while ago we featured Ben Grib’s South African inspired coster designs which are worth a look at. Since then he has updated his portfolio and created a range of cards that are inspired by Africa. Each card features a wonderful pattern tapestry that makes up the rich heritage of the african people.
“We took our cue from landmark styles such as Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu and Venda and deconstructed them into a simple two colour non repeat pattern.”
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Inspired by - Thailand
How many iconic landmarks of Thailand do you know? I know a few but not as many as listed below. Thai graphic designer Chinapat Yeukprasert who also illustrated the guide to Saraburi created these 20 landmarks that represent the characteristics of a thai city. This project is a personal one of Chinapat and in the future he wants to add more to the list.
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Inspired by - Portugal
Last week I featured the Porto city identity proposal from Atelier Martino&Jaña. Unfortunately it only stayed at a proposal because the White Studio won the pitch for creating the new identity for the city of Porto.
The city of Porto and the city Hall needed a visual system, a visual identity that could organise and simplify communication with the citizens and could at the same time define a clear hierarchy.
That city could never be an empty entity, or a mere geographic location, restrained by physical boundaries. It is filled with life, with character, with icons and symbols, with habits and ways of living, with landmarks, landscapes and a very particular horizon. It could not be summed up in a few buildings. It is alive, and its identity shouldn’t be fixed or closed. It needed to breathe and grow every day.
Ancient, Very Noble, Always Loyal, Undefeated City of Porto.
Porto has always been a very passionate city. It has a scale that allows for a relationship of proximity. Here we feel cozy, we feel at home. We develop a feeling a ownership with every landmark, with every street. The city is ours. And with each step we recognize its accent and its attitude.
The cause is the city. The cause is Porto.
This idea of ownership felt very important for us. This unique home that each one of us finds in the city needed to be represent. Everyone should have their own Porto.
With this idea in mind, one of our first tasks was to understand how others view the city, and what comes out of that observation. It’s obvious and even cliché to identify the big icons like Torre dos Clérigos, Casa da Música, Ribeira, Fundação Serralves, the river. These icons go from the incredible gastronomy to the unmistakable accent of the north of Portugal. The Port wine, the São João festivities, the old and the contemporary, the landmarks and the familiar, the list of “Portos” continues.
For each citizen Porto represents a different thing. If you ask someone “What is your Porto?” the number of answers is endless. We felt like we needed to give each citizen their own Porto. We needed to show all the cities that exist in this one territory.
Thus it became clear to us that Porto needed to be much more than a single icon, much more than a single logo. It needed complexity. It needed life. It needed stories. It needed personality.
Porto is a city with a strong personality. It has a recognizable attitude that is unmistakably ours. So living along the network of symbols, we needed a brand with a clear message, one that summed up our identity.
The word was enough. In a simple direct affirmation of who we are and what we are. Nothing else but Porto. The city is undisputed, unavoidable, incomparable. It’s Porto.
In the word, in the dot, we visualize the orality of the city. As if the attitude of Porto was just waiting to be revealed. It is the blunt affirmation of what we are.
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Inspired by - Norway
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Tea has been around for thousands of years, speeding across multiple cultures. But what is quite likely is that it originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, according to Wikipedia. Taipei, Taiwan designer Cheng Jie Sung created an interesting packaging design called 喝禮季 “GOOD DAY” which plays on the four seasons of the year and the traditional herbal store.
“It is one of the customs in Taiwan since time immemorial that people use traditional Chinese medicine as nutriment, and it’s also one of the characteristics that represents Taiwan.Therefore, we use the scene and concept of traditional herbal store as the packaging subject of our health-enhancing tea.
By illustrating the 4 procedures of dealing the herbal material which are weighing, cutting, pounding and decocting with small fire, it is also indicated 4 different types of tea. The ingredients will be designed in accordance with seasons, including Lycium Chinense tea with Polygonati Rhizona for spring, ginger tea with brown sugar for winter, and etc.”