- 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
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.”
Inspired by - World
The new collection includes only the most typical wine varieties for wine-growing regions of the New World (Chile — Cabernet, South Africa — Pinotage, New Zealand — Sauvignon). Wealth and exotic flavors, ease of choice and opportunity to create a bright, bold packaging design inspired the key image — ethnic masks used in ceremonies, rituals and ceremonies throughout the New World. At the same time in different masks are always kept their national, very recognizable features.
The name of wine collection Mask Spirit uses plural meaning of the word «spirit» and sets the brand promise — «Come out of the ordinary, feel empathy worldwide, enjoy the unusual flavors.» Thus, the consumption of wine in this collection seems regularly-daily or ceremonial ritual. The design of the label uses volumetric applique. Each mask is stylization of authentic masks, still used by indigenous people in the regions of New Zealand, Chile and South Africa.
Collection of New World wines «Mask Spirit» turned out bright and unusual, attracts the attention of buyers. Universality of mask image allows to extend collection with new regional wines and present them to their customers.
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Inspired by - Portugal
In June 2014 Atelier Martino&Jaña where invited along with two other studios to create a new city identity for the city of Porto in Portugal. The challenge was that the design studio only had 18 days to complete this colossal task. Despite the short deadline the team responded to the opportunity with great enthusiasm and motivation.
“We’re very passionate about Porto – it’s our hometown and the place where we truly belong. Secondly, because we believe that design is capable of making a much stronger and more intelligent contribution to the city. We believe that visual communication can surpass the sometimes expected aesthetics of branding, and that it has the capacity to help create and to frame dialogue, acting as a mediator between a city and its inhabitants.”
Atelier Martino&Jaña approached the project by looking at the cities history. The city of Porto dates back to the Bronze Age, and has been a key location throughout the history of Portugal.
That questioning led us to a philosophy – how we understand identity. In turn the philosophy suggested a methodology – how we have chosen to assemble the visual components for an identity by creating a graphic vocabulary.
Finally, the strategy – how we propose to use that vocabulary.
Those three elements: philosophy, methodology and strategy, form the basis of our approach.
Our idea of a visual vocabulary consists of a rich and diverse graphic lexicon that can be expanded and used in a diverse number of ways. It deliberately embodies a degree of abstractness. It forms the basis of the identity, and addresses all the constituent parts of the city.
Even though both types of communication resort to the same visual vocabulary, whenever the City Hall communicates, its graphic mark displays an organized layout framed by a shield protecting the city core. On the other hand, whenever the City of Portocommunicates, its identity no longer displays the shield, and can resort to a dynamic and multicolor composition system.
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Inspired by - Norway
The idea of the banknote originated in China during the Han Dynasty in 118 BC and bas made of leather. Since then a lot has happen, from the way we design banknotes to the material we print it on.
One of the beauties about designing banknotes is the visual story it tells us. Not only does it tell us how much it is worth but also where it originates from, who the local heroes are, its famous landmarks or its national recourses. The Bank of Norway choose the theme “Sea“ which had to be incorporated into each design. The sea is an important part of the norwegian economy, with is rich resources from the oil and gas industry to the fishing industry. But it is also has a right seafaring history.
From the many submitted entries, eight of them went on to the final round which of Oslo-based graphic design studios The Metric System together with Snøhetta were the winners. The Metric System’s front was choses because it was designed in a very good way so that the necessary security elements can be incorporated. Snøhetta’s pixel design was chosen for the backside. According to the jury the design is both traditional and modern.
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Inspired by - Arabia
“Italian design studio FM milano worked on the wayfinding, pictogram system and the decorations (wall partitions, wall engravings, carpets, curtains etc.) of all the lounges and the public activity nodes of the New International Hamad Airport in Qatar.
Designing a complex identity for large public spaces requires a workflow that involves coordinated complexity. Avoiding the trap of customizing each element of the project with its own distinct peculiarly. studio FM milano has created a system that generates differences within the same family. Starting from the generating stam cell of a simplified master plan of the airport, we ensured a coherent language to the entire identity.
We took inspiration from traditional arabesque decoration to create the basic alphabet for everything. By turning the simplified plan around a center with different angles and points of rotation, we generated a grid for the distinctive pictogram set and for all the patterns that identify all the different spaces of the airport. The interior design project is by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners.”
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Inspired by - Japan
“The brand identity developed is called ‘Minori’ meaning harvest in Japanese. The cloudy sake references rice growers of the Niigata region.”
Personally I like the minimalistic design approach on the box, with all the little symbols which refer back to the Japanese culture. Incorporating the rope is also a nice feature and ads to the experience of revealing the sake. I would say that the design on the box works better, than on the bottle.
What do you think about the packaging design?
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Inspired by - Mexico
Colombian designer Tomas Restrepo Acosta created these Mexican inspired illustrations for the Tepito restaurant in Envigado, Colombia. Keeping to the colours red and black the drawings feature hand lettering, skeletons, roses, and Mexican wrestlers which often used to represent Mexico.
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Inspired by - Thailand
Thai illustrator and Graphic designer Chinapat Yeukprasert worked in 2011 together wight he Saraburi Province in Thailand to create a guide to Saraburi. Chinapat created the illustrations, and pictograms which where presented in a brochure brochure and a calendar.
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Inspired by - Bhutan
Clemens Purner created this lovely film of Bhutan – A hard to explain country according to him. Maybe thats why he create it. Bhutan is definitely on my travel list. If you have been there, I would love to hear about your experience.