- 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 - India
Over the summer Indian illustrator Taarika John drew a whole bunch of characters in her notebook. After a while she decided to work on them further and created an A to Z of Malayalees. These posters illustrate a Malayalee for every alphabet.
All the characters are painted using water colours, using a fine liner pen to fill in the details. She then scanned them, and composed the posters on Photoshop.
For enquiries regarding buying prints, you can email Taarika
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Inspired by - England
These are sweet looking London borough drawings by Jack Noel. The colourful illustrations of Borough Market in Southwark, St Leonards Church in Hackny to the Hammersmith bridge in Hammersmith & Fulham are all limited edition A2 posters which are available over at sweet view. via thefoxisblack
If you love these illustrations check out these London borough map illustrations by Kerry Hyndman
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Inspired by - Singapore
Singaporean illustrator Lee Xin Li created a bunch of Singapore illustrations. Some of them are realistic and some such as the tram image and the Old National Theatre were once part of the Singaporean city icons. Personally I really like the Katong illustrations, with the old shophouses and which looks like the Singapore girl hitching a ride on the back of a bike.
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Inspired by - World
Drawing vector cities has in the last few years become quite popular and I love it. Magazines such as Monocle, Orxy inflight mag or Good mag have done a great job to promote this friendly style. Mexican designer Aldo Crusher has created 5 cosmopolitan city illustrations from around the world, for the magazine Air’s Cosmopolis section. His illustrations feature Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Madrid, New York, and Shanghai. via weandthecolor
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Inspired by - USA
The Colorado Tourism board together Nick Marranzino created three custom made wine bottle labels for the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference in Colorado. Each bottle was laster etched, dipped into white wax and features a lovely pattern of bears, trees, camping, mountains, canoeing, deers etc. which together characterise the US state of Colorado. This is a super nice gift from the tourism board. via packageinspiration
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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.”