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Call us tortured designers, but being exposed to really bad menu design in an otherwise decent establishment can be slightly agonizing. A business lunch with the Barbour crew inevitably ends up being a design critique of the menu (good or bad) upon the first few minutes of being seated. Yes, it’d probably make for a good SNL skit, but in all seriousness, menu design is an important detail that is sometimes missed. That is certainly not the case for this Italian restaurant, Ristorante Firenze, located near, of all places, Frankfurt, Germany. Stuttgart-based designer Sarah Le Donne is tremendously talented, and really shows her design chops with this branding package. We particularly love the typography and adept use of color. Le Donne explains: “After a small refresh of the existing logo, the task was to create a totally new concept and design for menu and wine cards, vouchers, brochures, business cards, letterheads and a website. The idea behind the identity was to lay the focus on the fresh products the restaurant is well known for. Also the classical Italian colors are reinterpreted in a modern way.” Really well done.

More restaurant-related design here and here and here.

Via sarahledonne.com

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Menu design is often not recognized as much as it should be… truly under appreciated. Sure, there are plenty of pedestrian menu designs out there, but we sometimes encounter some great ones that make a lasting impression. Young, Grand Rapids, MI-based designer Scott Schermer designed this fantastic menu for Founders Brewing Co. (which, for some crazy reason, has not been implemented). We love the hand crafted feel and well-conceived hierarchy. And be sure to check out more of Schermer’s work… clearly very talented.

Via sschermer.com

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The exceptional work by Hungarian designer Miklós Kiss is proof that good typography transcends culture. This typographical eye candy by Kiss is all part of the identity and interior design of Budapest club/bar/restaurant Trafiq. These flawless typographical treatments could easily stand on their own, but imagine being inundated by such beautifully executed and playful exercises in typography as part of an interior design? We are in awe. A Barbour business lunch in Budapest may be in order!

Via Behance

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Boston based design studio Commoner, Inc. is really good at what they do. They specialize in brand identity, custom type and illustration… with an edge. Love their style. Their identity for local restaurant The Lower Depths is particularly, um, awesome. We, as designers, relish in the (sadly rare) encounter of a really great menu design, and this is one of them. Great typography, lots of subtle details, and authentic tone converge to make this really special.

Via commonerinc.com

For fellow carnivores out there, this one’s for you. Greek designers Beetroot Design Group created this clever identity for Kreopoleio Restaurant (kreopoleion = shop in Greek). Visual references, like beef/pork chart, butcher’s knife and chalkboard all meld into a really nice, smart identity. The splash of color in the last cut (being the tail) is also a great touch. Well done

Via beetroot.gr

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