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Inspired by - Vietnam

The Political travel guide of Vietnam

Posted by rod - 17.12.2013

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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:

The first Arabic travel guide to the Netherlands – Shimal/Noord
Turkey travel guide by Monocle
Tokyo – A very brief introduction

 

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Inspired by - Hong Kong

A food waste guide for the people of Hong Kong

Posted by rod - 16.12.2013

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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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Inspired by - Japan

Fukushima Samurais return back home to keep alive a 1000 year old tradition

Posted by rod - 06.12.2013

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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.

via wired

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Inspired by - World

City skyline illustrations by Loose Petals

Posted by rod - 05.12.2013

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

South African Bhuti beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.12.2013

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South African student Judy Kriel created these South African inspired beer packaging designs called Bhuti beer. 

“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.

via packagingoftheworld

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Inspired by - Slovenia

Teleport your way around Slovakia with Mikaela Lilhops illustrations

Posted by rod - 03.12.2013

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London based Illustrator and graphic designer Mikaela Lilhops created these minimalistic illustrations of Slovakia. Travel through a landscape that you were not even aware existed.

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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”.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mister

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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Inspired by - Japan

Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers

Posted by rod - 02.12.2013

The art of Noren

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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.

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Inspired by - USA

The ICONYC New York Poster

Posted by rod - 28.11.2013

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With out doubt, New York City is one of the most iconic metropolises in the world. To celebrate its famous neighbourhoods, landmarks and architecture NYC design studio Alfalfa created the ICONYC New York poster.

“Charmingly simple graphics inspired by naive art invite you to discover, explore, and get lost in the City! Spot UV coating on many buildings will help you match them to their names in the border around the map. Watch out for pedestrians, poodles, prams, and pretzels!”

You can buy the 27” x 40” poster directly on Alfalfa’s site.

via quipsologies

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Inspired by - World

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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