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.
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
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
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
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
Unique and creative designs of stairs from around the world. Not all of them are beautiful and practical, some of you will like, others – no, but they are unusual and interesting.
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
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.
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.”
Javier Pérez’s website
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.
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.