The world is changing at a rapid pace, more now than ever before and with it our cultures and traditions. Globalisation is now visible on every corner making some places look identical wherever you are in the world. If we continue to stuff our high streets and shopping malls with global brands and consume only universal products it will become more difficult to differentiate between our neighboring countries or continents. It’s the local brands that contribute to each country and its image.

There are many positive sides to globalisation. Change can be good, but a lot of identities, cultures and traditions could be at risk if, let’s say Starbucks were to be be on every corner in Rome or if every pizza was the typical thin, Italian one in the US. My point is that our countries shouldn’t lose their identities and their foundations on which they are built up on, and we must not forget about them, either.

All countries have their own identity, and some are better at promoting their distinct qualities than others, hence making them more known in other parts of the world. If I say sumo wrestlers, sushi and geishas, Japan is most probably the first country that pops into your head. If I say Mounties, maple leaf and Niagara falls, I am sure you guessed Canada. But which country comes into your mind when I say Masai, kangas and Tusker? Bet you didn’t think of Kenya?

I believe that some countries should make more of an effort to educate people from abroad and maybe even their own people about what is so unique about their country. With the above thought in mind I took up the initiative to set up the blog CreativeRoots.

Over the past two years I have built up CreativeRoots to be an impressive art and design archive based on countries of the world, with each post being influenced by its countries, culture and history. Spanning across all creative disciplines such as graphic design, photography, architecture and art, CreativeRoots is truly a portal for inspiring discoveries, which currently represents over 140 countries and regions of the world.

Do you know what is unique about your country?

creativeroots blog art and design from around the world

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