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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 5, 2017. No other posts will be published until then.

Posted

By Armin on 12.20.2016

 


No. 12

Design

de Vicq design

Thoughts

Fun, ornate, brasserie-style typography at its best.



No. 11

Design

&Smith

Thoughts

The infographic style of the illustrations make for great bursts of color in these dense menus and make it easy to tell apart your salmon roe from your masago.



No. 10

Design

Stebbings Partners

Thoughts

A small ledger filled to the brim with drink options and quirky details to convey a sense of long-time use make for a perfect drinking companion.



No. 9

Design

Marco Soenke

Thoughts

The debossed black cloth makes for a grand cover and clip fastener adds a nice touch.



No. 8

Design

Paperview

Thoughts

More cloth covers! This one stands out for the rugged piece of cloth affixed to the cloth cover, adding a nice sense of layering.



No. 7

Design

Chandelier Creative

Thoughts

Probably the weirdest menu in this list… Greek/Roman statues and stand-alone smiles with a weird font are not your usual suspects in menus.



No. 6

Design

Pop & Pac

Thoughts

Beautiful materials, interesting collages, and great typography add up to more than a penny’s worth.



No. 5

Design

Ragged Edge

Thoughts

The bold gold foil looks stunning on the mint and dark greens of the complementary-sized menus.



No. 4

Design

Tractorbeam

Thoughts

Some Victorian typographic action and wonderful marbled papers add up to a groovy set of menus.



No. 3

Design

Midday

Thoughts

Such a simple idea, executed perfectly: chopsticks hold two pieces of paper, neatly aligned, and with straightforward typography. The combination of colors of dark wood, mint, and white is excellent.



No. 2

Design

Passport

Thoughts

Another case of unexpected papers and staggered sheet sizes to create an interesting, cohesive set. The curious paper choices are what make this memorable.



No. 1

Design

Tractorbeam

Thoughts

By now, you can see where my preferences lay this year: smart paper color choices, different-size sheets to separate menus (food, beverage, specials, etc.), and a simple holding device to keep it all together and flexible. Great typography, as is the case here, also wins me over.



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Art of the Menu, is a division of UnderConsideration, cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Art of the Menu uses Typekit to render Proxima Nova by Mark Simonson and Adelle by Type Together.

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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.

products we sell

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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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