The Tea Calendar

The Hälssen & Lyon tea calendar developed by the Hamburg based creative agency Kolle Rebbe, is the first calendar in the world to feature calendar days made from tea leaves. Finely flavored and thinly pressed thanks to an innovative new production process, the 365 calendar days can be individually detached and brewed directly in the cup with hot water. It all started with the idea to merge the traditional product tea with one of the world’s oldest promotional gifts, the calendar. And it led to the creation of a unique annual calendar – made of real tea. Check out the video below.

 

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Awesome Packaging Design

A good packaging design can serve as the best advertisement for the product it was created to hold. No wonder many advertisers and designers spend a great deal of time and effort to create eye-catching, meaningful, funny, and clever packaging designs. Here’s a collection of some of the most creative and inspiring packaging ideas that immediately put a smile on your face. You won’t believe how clever some of them are.

1. Jooze Fruit Juices Package

Jooze Fruit Juices Package Design by Yunyeen Yong

 Designed by Yunyeen Yong

2. Note Headphones

Designer Corinne Pant

3. Tea Hangers

Designed by Soon Mo Kang

4. “City Harvest” Grocery Bag

Designed by Andy Winner and One Show Merit

5. Honey Made by Bees

Designed by Maksi Marbuzov

6. NYC Spaghetti

Designer: Alex Creamer

7. Ford Ranger Extreme: Matchbox

Advertising Agency: JWT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8. Creative Japanese Pastry Packaging

Designer unknown

9. Beehive Honey Squares

Designed by Lacy Kuhn

10. Origami Beer

Designed by Clara Lindsten

11. Kiss: Fruit and vegetable puree

Designed by Alexandra Istratova

12. Kokeshi Matchsticks

Designed by kokeshi-m.com

13. Moustache Paintbrushes

Designed by Simon Laliberté

14. Whitebites dog snacks

Designer: Cecilia Uhr

15. Zen Perfume

Designed by Igor Mitin

16. Fishing Boat Water Bottle

Designed by Designers Anonymous

17. Juicy Juice Boxes

Designed by Preston Grubbs

18. Mini Oliva Olive Oil

Source: packaginguqam.blogspot.com

19. Blood of Grapes Wine Bottle

Designed by Constantin Bolimond

20. Green Berry Tea

Designed by Natalia Ponomareva

21. Fruit Juice Packaging

Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

22. Coffin-Shaped Cigarette Case

Designed by: Reynolds and Reyner

23. Pink Glasses Wine Bottles

Designed by Luksemburk

24. Butter! Better!

Designed by Yeongkeun

25. Smirnoff Caipiroska

 

Work Of Art: Intricate Leaf Carvings

Fallen leaves sure don’t make Chen Liming all that nostalgic, as he uses them to create amazingly detailed carvings. Here are the leaf carving work with Tai chi pattern in Jiaozuo city, central China’s Henan Province. Leaf Carving is a new art form that originates from China. This is a very delicate and time taking art process, its not easy for a skilled artisan to take a delicate precision with the help of a knife.

In the process  of leaf carvings, leaf is slowly scrapped of its outer layers and eventually it reveals a almost transparent surface. In leaf carving a lot of special care is taken to keep the veins of leaf intact so that the carving does not spoil the stability of the leaf. This process of leaf carving takes months of careful and delicate work for a single leaf. When is leaf carving is finished, it is preserved and framed so that the same will last for decades. The most preferred leaf for such carving is of the ‘Chinar” tree, which is found mostly in India, Pakistan and China. In Chinese culture, Chinar tree is a symbol of luck and prosperity, thus mostly used for leaf carvings.

 

Folk artist Chen Liming shows his leaf carving works with Tai Chi pattern

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Exceptional Paintings With Oil On Linen

Tristan Pigott creates exceptional paintings with oil on linen. His artworks are explorations of human characteristics, often presenting the people in them as awkwardly self-conscious. He plays on these characteristics by creating surreal narratives, where a person’s projection is emphasized by drama.

Tristan graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 studying Painting, and has been living and working in London since.

All images © Tristan Pigott

Impressive Textile Art By Mr. Finch

Self-taught artist Mr. Finch creates animals and other objects that seem to stem from Alice’s Wonderland. Inspired by the rolling hills and mossy woods near his home in Yorkshire, Finch forms flowers, insects and birds that fascinate him with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behavior.

He then goes hunting for vintage textiles – velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress or a vintage apron – and transforms them into all sorts of beasts and toadstools. According to Mr. Finch, his figures are “storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten”.

All images © Mr. Finch| Via: Colossal

Playful Packaging Designs

Design inspiration comes from a variety of sources. As a teenager, Kostas Kaparos experimented with graffiti. At the time, he had no idea that it was just the first step on his journey to becoming a successful graphic artist.

Today, Kostas works as an art director, designer, and illustrator at mousegraphics, an Athens-based studio. With a focus on packaging design, Kostas, begins many projects by developing a story and exploring the audience’s emotional connection to the brand. He then turns to illustration to shape the story. The fluidity and flexibility of the illustration process allows him to test and sample completely new ideas without boundaries, which can help to create an entirely new brand experience.

Creative briefs, whether direct or wide open, are the launching point for his ideas, which he expresses through sketches. In many ways, he approaches illustration in much the same way a sculptor approaches his work. After putting his rough ideas on paper, Kostas manipulates and refines each element, continually reworking ideas until his vision is realized. It’s not uncommon for final designs to appear vastly different from the original, rough concepts.

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Instagram Experiment: Illustrations Merge with Everyday Objects

Instagram continues to pave the way for innovative artists like graphic designer Javier Pérez, who regularly adds to his playful series entitled Instagram Experiments. Using a variety of everyday objects combined with simple line drawings, the Ecuador-based artist constructs whimsical scenes in all shapes and sizes.

From a still life of lungs to adventures in spaghetti rain, Pérez finds ways to bring life to all kinds of static objects. His imagination leads to many inventive creatures and characters and, through just a few quick pen strokes, he transforms small, unexpected food, flowers, gadgets, and tools into lively and expressive artworks. His cheerful collection, which will certainly make you smile, is the artist’s way of reminding us that “we [all] have an inner child who wants to have fun and play.”

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Javier Pérez’s website

Creative and Funny T-Shirt Designs

Nacho Diaz, a 26 year old t-shirt designer from Spain is consistently pushing out simple and funny t-shirt designs. Nacho’s has been working as a t-shirt designer for 3 years but she has been drawing all her life. She like to do many types of designs, but mostly enjoy working on funny and simple ideas, trying to see the funny part in every detail of our daily life. If you are familiar with the Threadless community and the style of t-shirts that they print, you would know that these designs go down a treat. With 27 of them being printed, I would say that is quite an achievement.

 

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Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds

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Danish design firm Monstrum (previously) continues to redefine the modern playscape, constructing numerous fantastical scenes for kids to climb on in locations around the world. Founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, the award-winning firm has an extensive background in theatrical set design in theaters throughout Copenhagen that strongly influences their groundbreaking aesthetic. Each new playground becomes the backdrop for a dramatic scene, from towering robots to hoards of attacking insects. For their most recent creation in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park, Mostrum constructed a gargantuan octopus overtaking a huge oceanliner, complete with slides, cargo nets and climbing walls (shown above in subzero temperatures). See more recent work in their project portfolio.