Sometimes it’s okay to play with your food. The Academy Cafe remodel was an opportunity to infuse personality and wit into the popular family cafeteria space; thinking beyond traditional food photography, I wanted the wall graphics to delight weary, hungry diners. I carefully studied the menus, curated stock photography of raw ingredients related to dishes served at each location, and then let my imagination take over. The mural of artist Frida Kahlo, Karl the Fog interpreted as meringue, and the “avocadowl” are some of my favorite moments. As the lead designer on the project, I also guided and finalized illustration, designed overhead menu boards, and oversaw the production and installation of all environmental graphics.
Credits: Deborah Lao (Design, Art Direction & Illustration), Alicia Greenleaf (Illustration), Alex Salz (Project Management), Rhonda Rubinstein (Creative Direction), Sterling Graphics (Printing & Installation), Thomas Swan (Sign Production & Installation)
Restaurant photos by Kathryn Whitney and Alicia Greenleaf.