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Here are our favorite twelve menus shown on Art of the Menu this year. We will be back with our regular programming on January 6, 2014. No other posts will be published until then.

Posted

By Armin on 12.23.2013

 


No. 12

Design

El Calotipo

Thoughts

White ink on a thick piece of wood? Yes, please! The stickers for the prices (which I can’t imagine fluctuating too much) detract a little bit from the overall presentation but it’s still one grabbable menu.

Vera

Cafe in Zaragoza, Spain

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No. 11

Design

Green Olive Media

Thoughts

The filled-to-the-brim-with-typography approach is common in menu design but this one stands out with a tight grid and nice combo of wide serif and condensed sans.

Proof and Provision

American in Atlanta, GA

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No. 10

Design

Bryant Ross

Thoughts

Tell me you don’t want to rub your cheeck against the inside of that felty-looking piece of leather covering up the menu? And the word “BAR” has never looked that good on leather either.

Second Home

American in Denver, CO

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No. 9

Design

Gabriele Wilson

Thoughts

Perfectly typeset and charmingly illustrated this is a no-frills menu that does its job right on a single sheet of paper.

Phoenicia Diner

Diner in Phoenicia, NY

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No. 8

Design

Estudio Yeyé

Thoughts

A great color palette on scrumptuosly textured covers with chiseled typography make for a great menu delivery.

Il Coyote

Italian in Chihuahua, Mexico

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No. 7

Design

FoundryCo

Thoughts

Strong typography and layout that looks like a ledger straight out of the Old West.

Outpost

American in Dallas, TX

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No. 6

Design

Bravo Company

Thoughts

On its own, the binder-clipped menu on a piece of wood is fulfilling great but as part of this warm-hued identity it’s a full, hearty meal.

PODI, The Food Orchard

Vegetarian in Singapore

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No. 5

Design

The Studio of Dan Blackman

Thoughts

Slightly oversized and beautifully typeset to offset the relatively ornamental script logo.

Dusek’s

American in Chicago, IL

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No. 4

Design

David Cole Creative

Thoughts

This menu-slash-cocktail recipe book is delightfully packaged in a foil stamped brown cloth cover that sets the tone for dozens of vintage illustrations.

Canon

Bar in Seattle, WA

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No. 3

Design

Snask

Thoughts

Leave it to a bunch of Swedes to properly interpret the Mexican vernacular into a lo-fi menu that is all Mex and no Tex.

Calexico’s

Mexican in Stockholm, Sweden

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No. 2

Design

Oat

Thoughts

This menu looks almost like a prop from Blade Runner, that kind of rundown sexy ugly futuristic look. With typography that is inventive and attractive.

The Sinclair

American in Boston, MA

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No. 1

Design

ACRE

Thoughts

ACRE have taken the trend of using wood as a base for menus to a new high by exploiting the thickness of the wood and adding, by hand, a marbling edge that looks decidedly delicious.

Kilo at PACT

Fusion in Singapore

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UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX. More…


blogs we publish

Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

products we sell

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work.

Brand New Conference videos / Individual, downloadable videos of every presentation since 2010.

Prints / A variety of posters, the majority from our AIforGA series.

Other / Various one-off products.

events we organize

Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.

also

Favorite Things we've Made / In our capacity as graphic designers.

Projects we've Concluded / Long- and short-lived efforts.

UCllc News / Updates on what's going at the corporate level of UnderConsideration.


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