- 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 - 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.
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Inspired by - Mongolia
Mongolia is a fascinating country with lots of history and traditions. One of these traditions is the annual eagle festival deep within the Altai mountain range. The festival is quite an experience, the Kazakhs of Mongolia who have train their eagles to hunt for foxes and rabbits compete against each other during the festivities. Amongst the prizes to be won are for the fastest eagle and traditional Kazakh dress. Ahmed Zulkamal had the opportunity to experience the festival and took these amazing photos.
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Inspired by - Spain
The grid of the quarter around Sagrada familia consist of square blocks, which are very similar in height and size and represent the Architecture of the city very good in my opinion. I like the idea, that each block is filled with hundreds of very different lifes and opinions, but looks so calm and similar from above.
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Inspired by - Arabia
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habibis is a fusion restaurant between Arabic and Mexican. The taco stand approached Anagrama to create a brand identity that adapts stylised Arabic calligraphy to a typical Mexican street setting.
“Deep research and careful understanding of the Arabic alphabet was needed to design, using calligraphic pens and special brushes, the various words and signage in both Arabic and Latin. The custom type is accompanied by Gotham, a gentle and neutral typeface that would allow the bespoken logotypes to stand out above everything else. The pattern is based on traditional keffiyeh (a Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf) and gorgeously intrinsic mosaic patterns.”
I quite like the identity but I miss the Mexican influence in the identity after all thats what makes the place unique
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Inspired by - Canada
This book is the first comprehensive monograph of the work of legendary Haida artist Charles Edenshaw, overviewing a unique collection of his work, and his legacy.
Charles Edenshaw was from Haida Gwaii, British Colombia, Canada, and happens to be one of the most iconic figures in Northwest Coast art. He was known for his traditional Haida woodcarvings, argillite carvings, jewellery and paintings, with an innovative and elegant personal style. The book offers a rare opportunity to see and read about his legacy. In addition, the objects featured inside tell us much about Haida culture and history. Even now his work continues to be a great inspiration to those who visit the many museums around the world that hold his artwork in their collections. It is also a great inspiration to the new generation artists and designers, some of whom we have featured on CreativeRoots – Siggi Odds, Steve Smith and the Vancouver Airport. Read more about the book here.
If you fancy buying this book you can order it directly at Black Dog Publishing @ email@example.com and get a 10 % discount, or you can buy the book directly here via the CreativeRoots Bookshelf. Don’t forget that you can win this book
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Inspired by - World
Lotta Nieminen‘s inspiring retro style illustrations have made their way into her first children’s book called ‘Walk this World’. The book engages young children to discover cultural similarities and differences of people from around the world. With each page turn you will discover a new country that can be further discovered by the many windows, which can be opened.
You can buy the book via the CreativeRoots bookshelf.
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Inspired by - Mexico
Last week the Fundación Proa opened its space up for the Gods, rites and crafts of the prehispanic Mexico. The exhibition will feature over 150 archeological pieces from an variety of cultures that once inhabited the Guldf of Mexico. To spread the word the Buenos Aires foundation hired UK design studio Spin, who also crated the the Proa identity to design the exhibition material. The red, black and white exhibition identity features some of the exhibits plus a slightly modified typeface which slightly indicates the era the pieces originate.
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Inspired by - Burma
Myanmar has in the past few years opened itself up in many ways at lightning speed, from tourism to foreign investment. In order to continue its efforts to attract more visitors and investors, the country has started its first ever nation branding initiative. iD created the nation branding campaign – Myanmar LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN in the form of TV commercial’s and a commemorative book that was launched at the World Economic Forum. The commercials showcase some of Myanmar’s top attractions such as the golden rock, Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda and the ancient city of Bagan, in addition young girls wear the traditional yellowish-white cosmetic paste Thanaka. At the end of the ad Myanmar presents its tourism logo. The logo is written in the latin alphabet but the letters are inspired and designed in a Burmese script way which dates back to 1053.
From my own travel experience, Myanmar is a country that isn’t spoilt yet and has some distinct traditions, customs and heritage that are worth exploring. I just hope that they will cherish these unique features.
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Inspired by - Mexico
“Despite the melancholy name, Day of the Dead is actually a salute to life, said Shane Ogilvie, executive creative director at Zulu. The artwork is meant to reflect that message, as well as continue the theme of the campaign.”
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which takes place every year on November 1st and 2nd.. The day focuses on celebrating the lives of friends and family members who have past away, which traditionally includes honouring the dead with sugar skulls, flowers and food.