- 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 - Burma
Below are a few personal photos of my travels around Myanmar (Burma), where I discovered one of the countries national identities called Thanaka. Already on my first day in Mandalay (Myanmar) I noticed that many of the woman and children and even some men had a yellowish past smeared on their faces. After asking a few people about the past I’ve learned that it was called Thanaka and that it has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years. Every day, after taking a bath, women, children an some men apply Thanaka on their faces and sometimes their arms. Thanaka is a yellowish-white past made from ground bark from several trees that grow in central Myanmar. The distinctive feature of Myanmar has several purposes. It is used as a cosmetic that makes woman more beautiful and has a slight fragrant scent similar to sandalwood. But it also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. According to wikipedia people also believe it helps remove acne and promotes smooth skin.
Usually the most common form of applying the creamy past onto your skin is in the form of a circular patch or strips. But more lavish designs such as floral or leaf-shaped motifs are also painted onto cheeks. Thanaka is definitely a versatile cosmetic and one of Myanmars treasures.
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Inspired by - South Korea
New York native Jon Contino together with art director Michael Malowanczyk created the awesome Nike We Run 2013 identity which is running for its fifth year. The branding, illustrations and hand drawn font will cover 25 cities around the world.
As you can see I especially like the Seoul event branding, because of the Korean warrior illustration in the background. Yi Sun-shin is his name and his legacy lives on as a statue in the centre of Seoul near the city hall.
You should definitely check out the entire brand identity.
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Inspired by - Scandinavia
With Thor in the movies this Norse inspired vodka comes at the right time. Vargold Vodka is a fictions brand invented by UK based illustrator Matt Taylor together with I Love Dust. The brand’s name Vargold is the name given to the end of days – or wolf age – in Norse mythology. The four bottle designs feature; Odin and his raven, Vidar battling Fenrir, and the unnamed eagle atop Yggdrasil – the world tree. There is something special about using illustration on packaging design which I would say stands out on the shelf.
Also check out Matt’s awesome Austria illustration for Global Blue (second down).
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Inspired by - Sweden
The Government of Sweden asked Swedish design agency Soderhavet to created the new nation brand identity for the country. The brief was to get all the organisational identities of Swedish ministries, agencies and corporations under one umbrella identity.
“During the design process, Soderhavet grappled with many questions, including: Which symbols best represent a country? How do we design a unified identity for use in extremely divergent contexts and on wildly different scales? Which parts of an identity should always be used, and which parts only in the right context? And how do we clarify when an organization is speaking on behalf of Sweden?
The solution was to develop a hierarchy of identity carriers.
“We placed two obligatory elements at the apex: The Swedish flag, in the exact proportions and colors used since the 17th century, and the textual mark ‘Sverige’, accompanied by a local translation for the country’s name. On the second rung we placed those elements which should be used if the medium allows it: A specially commissioned font face, Sweden Sans, to further differentiate the textual marks, and two principal colors — the gold and blue found on Sweden’s flag.”
What do you guys think about the new Identity of Sweden?
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Inspired by - Asia-Pacific
For those of you who never heard of Kueh such as me. Kueh is are bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as Southern China. Kueh can be cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries, and are usually made from rice or glutinous rice.
As some of you know, Kueh has many names, kueh, kuih, kway or kue. There are many forms of spelling for each of the kueh from Baba Malay, Malay ,Indonesian to Chinese. Included are some of the alternative names, using their common names as well for the 3 pieces.
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Inspired by - India
Ranganath Krishnamani created a series of travel postcards & posters of Karntaka India that represent the glory and spirit of India. Each artwork tells a story and captures the last impression of the indian heritage. It celebrates the countries art of culture in the true spirit, adding a modern classical twist to the way they have been designed.
This series of postcards, posters and coasters celebrates the heritage, culture and the popular destinations in Karntaka, India.
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Inspired by - New Zealand
The story of New Zealand’s Matua winery began with a vision by Bill and Ross Spence to revolutionise the New Zealnad wine Industry back in 1969. Now the winery produces 16 different wines from Souvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.
Matua means “head of the family” in Maori, and thus the logo symbol features a stylised tattooed Maori head. The word mark is a simple serif typeface which is slightly altered in the letter “A” to incorporate the Koru fern feature. This feature can be often see in Maori tattoos, art or even on the Air New Zealand symbol.
This simple but distinct Maori feature was also applied onto the quirky heading font which the winery uses for communication purposes.
New Zealand artist and graphic designer Greg Straight who we featured not long ago for is Chelsea Golden Syrup packaging, created the artwork which was used as wallpaper for point of sale and advertising materials on an international campaign.
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French graphic artist Vahram Muratyan created these lovely minimalist and colourful Paris versus New York illustrations, representing the comparisons and clichés of the two metropolises. Having lived half a year in each city Vahram got the idea to do the illustrations. He posted these illustrations such as baguette vs bagel or Eiffel tower vs Statue of liberty up on his blog parisvsnyc which became quite popular. He also released 3 books of his lovely city illustrations, one of them you can buy via the CreativeRoots bookshelf.
Inspired by - Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City illustrator Tú Bùi created these lovely illustrations that sum up the Vietnamese city of Saigon. He illustrated Saigon’s Food and drinking culture to its historic and modern architecture. This is not the first time Tú is featured on CreativeRoots, make sure to check out his Hanoi to Saigon calendar illustrations.