Update: Hello all, after speaking with a community designer I have come to realize that my brief is a little out there and perhaps not clear. Here are my priorities
1. Menu communication. We offer Gluten Free, Vegan, Lactose Free options.
2nd Side for 2.00 is important and I want it to be conveyed clearly
Combo Options for Pancakes as well.. the two sides for 5 dollars etc.
* I dont think my way is the best way. If you want to re-write something or position something go for it. I have no ego.
* menu does not have to be 1 page I am down for a multi sided folded menu
* pictures are not a must but I did pick the more expensive contest package because I want the menu to be beautiful and special.
I tried to explain what eggs benedict was once at the top of the menu but I think it is to much writing people wont read it. And be confused by the descriptions So I am going to reupload that section of the menu in about 5 mins. This 2nd menu option for benedicts does not have to be used if you are able to articulate the first concept clearly.
I am on a deadline I have to be at printer by Friday. I will pick my finalist within 72 hrs.
All paper sizes are fine. Dont feel the need to submit the whole menu for your initial entry. Maybe just do a page or two. Drinks are hard. If we get that one down the rest will be easy.
We are a Full Service Hip Brunch Restaurant with a beautiful open restaurant and patio layout with lots or plants and greenery. We specialize in eggs benedicts, avocado toast, and speciality pancakes and waffles. We offer Gluten Free, Keto and Vegan options. Which makes designing the menu cumbersome and confusing as I am not a designer and cant communicate all our options beautifuly and clearly. Instagrammers and Hipsters love us. We have a huge drink menu many sizes, drink options etc. Like alternative milks, Decaff, extra shots etc.
I have three menu needs. The Brunch Menu, the Dinner Menu. Right now I am just submitted the brunch menu so we can get started. I am open for the drink menu to be its own stand alone since its so extensive.
My menu is big, A lot of people have told me I need tabs, which would mean spiral bound which to me is tacky..... is there a way to make it classy?
I like pictures but again I feel like they are cheesy on a menu, we arent Ihop.... Is there a way to make it artsy styled and beautiful? With a few photos... so people get the idea. I have attached some imager I found that I loved but not sure if practical or possible. My restaurant is opening in an area swarming with big box chain restaurant, my neighbor and competition is panera bread. We are different we are special we are a breath of fresh air. We are a hollywood, santa monica, Los Feliz restaurant in the suburbs.
Here is a link to our other restaurant that has a similar food vibe. I can supply photos of our food. toastwhittierca.com < my first restaurant but not the one designing for. Food and vibe is similar. https://www.pinterest.com/uscrose99/menu-design/
i like monochromatic greys whites black, etherial and airy designs. Shabby Chic. I am open to using stock images where appropriate. It doesnt need to have as many photo images as the ones in my pinterest. My vision is editorial and stylised. Not sure its possible working remotely. I can dream though. Lets do this !
How will your design be used?
In restaurant and it will be enlarged to poster size of our waiting parties to read.
Anything else you’d like to share with your designer?
Open to all your ideas. Im not a designer and by no means will my feelings be hurt by your comments or concerns. If my vision is impractical and not obtainable let me know show me ideas.
You do not need to use the pictures. I am thinking of maybe doing a beautiful photo shoot on my white marble tables a full breakfast scene similar to the pictures I sent kind of like this but not so dark my tables are white marble I use dark woods and white and black painted walls with lots of green plants. Like a santa barbara mission.
may be the Front page of the menu. example https://www.pinterest.com/pin/80375…725513724/ Look at my other restaurnas website landing page toastwhittierca.com So you can have that in mind when doing design. I will respond to every message quickly.
Of all the images on my pinterest these two invoke the most Refreshing emotions.
My restaurant is very popular with women of all ages especially college girls. Having bday parties and brunch with their besties. Its a treat to come here.