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.
Fun, ornate, brasserie-style typography at its best.
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.
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.
The debossed black cloth makes for a grand cover and clip fastener adds a nice touch.
More cloth covers! This one stands out for the rugged piece of cloth affixed to the cloth cover, adding a nice sense of layering.
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.
Beautiful materials, interesting collages, and great typography add up to more than a penny’s worth.
The bold gold foil looks stunning on the mint and dark greens of the complementary-sized menus.
Some Victorian typographic action and wonderful marbled papers add up to a groovy set of menus.
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.
Another case of unexpected papers and staggered sheet sizes to create an interesting, cohesive set. The curious paper choices are what make this memorable.
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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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.