Here are our favorite twelve menus shown on Art of the Menu this year. We will be back with our regular programming on January 5, 2016. No other posts will be published until then.
A slight variation on the clipboard/binder format offsets this menu from others. The off-center positioning of the clip interacts nicely with the rest of the layout and oversize holding board.
Cool, rusty covers with the logo emblazoned small across the top lead to colorful vintage illustrations and simple layouts inside.
I never thought I would like a menu that looks like a promontory of rocks but the effect of the stone pattern on the covers and sharp serif type used throughout the menus do make me hungry.
Hipster medieval might be the best way to describe the menu and accompanying identity for the food served at this bowling-centric joint. The more traditional leather menu holder is the perfect complement to the vibe.
This is probably the most evocative menu of the bunch, where you can almost smell the Asian infusion in the textures and imagery peppered throughout the menu and identity.
Voted Least Likely to Succeed in the yearbook, this off-kilter menu stands out for all the right (and wrong) reasons.
This set of simple, one-page menus are elevated with some subtle and elegant gold ornamentation and illustrations in a jazzy Art Deco style.
Easy does it for Trentina with beautiful materials, simple layouts, and subtle uses of blind embossing and foil stamping.
Going incognito as an antique book, this menu is chockfull of baroque illustrations and typography delivered in a decadent package.
Our Best Of list wouldn’t be complete without a de Vicq Design menu and this Latin concoction for El Vez stands out for its color, vibrancy, and eclectic combination of typography, illustration, and ornaments.
A great color palette is accentuated by the principal dark green color and the use of Berton Hasebe’s Platform typeface which is very unexpected for a restaurant. Large typography and a medley of illustrations make for a hip set of menus.
Unapologetically self-indulgent this menu excels at a more-is-more approach with three letterpress spot colors, embossing, and enough gold foil to cure a hangover.
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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.
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.