Project One
Fast Food Branding

For this assignment you will be branding a fast food restaurant, but not in the traditional sense. You will be able to choose the type of food / Restaurant type that your interested in, but to push you out of your comfort zone you will be drawing 3 cards that will determine the direction that you pursue. This will make more sense when you see the examples. 

Being able to take someones else ideas and attributes about what they want a brand to look like is a fundamental part of being a practicing designer and more specifically in brand design. You won’t always get to make the brand what you think it should look like you will have to give the client what they want while making it look great.

This assignment will still allow plenty of room for exploration as I will let you start to interpret what the categories and descriptors actually mean. With this in mind I will still be grading you based on how well you have developed the brand to match the descriptors.

Have fun with this and design a brand that you would patronize! 

Food Type Choices:

- Pizza

- Coffee

- Fried Chicken

- Tacos / Burritos

- Vegan/Vegetarian 

- Ice Cream / Smoothies



- Salad

- Italian 

- Deli

- Indian


- Seafood / Cajun



Logo and Branding System

Menu (Handheld and Menu Boards)

(2-3) To Go Packaging (Bag, Cup, Boxes, Wraps, Etc) (Choose what makes sense for your brand and food type) (Also think about these as a system)*

(3-4) Signage Applications (Wall Murals, Interior Signage / Menu, External Signage, Floor Graphics, etc)*

Optional: Employee Uniforms / Other Collateral 

*These categories should be created without the use of PSD mock ups.

(Minimum 4 Boards Total) (PDF) (Digital so use as many as you need to lay them out in an interesting way)

(2) 1080 PX (Width) x 1920 PX (Height) Images that showcase your brand and collateral. Think about how to show this off! 


2 / 23 / 21


Introduce Project
Choose Type of Food
Choose Brand Attributes


(3) Moodboards for your concept. Think about combinations of your attributes and don't silo each attribute onto its own artboard.

Think about how you can combine your attributes together to form something unqiue and different. Research your differnt attributes and the history of your food etc. Concept is going to be king for this project. 

With these moodboards I am much more interested in things are "undesigned" or from culture. Think about found type, pattern, texture, materials, etc? CONCEPT IS KING! Think back to your boring companies. Let you design be influenced by your concecpt. These boards should be both about design and your concept in general.

Try not pull from existing food / hospitality concepts. We are trying to create something new and different not rehash something that has already been done.

2 / 25 / 21 


Critique concepts and moodboards


Some of you may need to spend extra time refining and fine tuning your moodboards before you start sketching ideas.

(50) sketches for (2-3) directions of exploration and sketches for a total of (90). Think about how these would translate to brand systems. More than just a logo. Pencil and  Paper for this round.

3 / 2 / 21  


Critique Refined Sketches
Show Example Presentation


Continue sketching or move into the computer. Begin to develop your unique brand concepts. Use your history and research to make them feel different. Even within one moodboard you will have plenty of room to explore. 

Build (3) distinct concepts using different marks, colors, typography, and style. Think about primary, secondary, and different lock ups? Explore color, typography. Do several explorations of applications for each concept. See how you can extend the brands you have created.

You will be presenting to the class in a similar format to the example shown today

3 / 4 / 21  


Critique concepts / sketches


Continue to work on your presentations. Make sure you concepts differentiate from one another

Be prepared to present and talk through your ideas / concepts. You will be recieving a grade for this presentation and also getting feedback from your classmates / others.

3 / 9 / 20  


Critique Concepts 


Continue to refine concepts into an overall brand system. Brands are more than logo think about langauge singage and applications.

Start to expand your systems into illustration, patterns, and language.

Presentations will be graded. Be Professional. Practice and be prepared to explain your design decesions and concepts. 

3 / 11 / 21  


Concept Presentations


Pick a final direction(s) to refine based on your classmates feedback. Do MORE EXPLORATION around your now more solidified idea. MAKE LOTS OF STUFF!

3 / 16 / 21  


Design Week

Check In's /
Office Hours for Feedback


Design Week!

Make refinements and continue to explore the differrent ways you can extend your brand. 

How do things begin to lock up together? Do they combine into one mark or exist seperately? Even seperately how can they relate to one another. Typographically how can you create lock up's that can stand alone?

Bring in (1-2) refined brand concepts with some explorations. 

Additonal moodboard of signage and collateral elements. 

3 / 18 / 21  


Design Week

Check In's /
Office Hours for Feedback


Design Week!

Continue HW from 3/16

3 / 23 / 21 


Critique Refined Concept / Concepts
Disucss Packaging and Brand 


Continue to refine your brand system and start to explore how it can apply to packaging. 

Sketches and explorations for menu. Think about how these can work in the overall system? Explore! Remember type size and how can these work together as a system? 

Sketches / explorations of packaging concepts Think about how these can work together. How can you simplify how many pieces they need to print? Customize with stickers etc? 

AI Packaging DEMO File

3 / 25 / 21


Review Packaging Explorations 

Individual Meetings


Contintue to refine packaging ideas. Really explore how these could be different. How do these work as a system? Don't let them start to get formulaic. Think about how to use langauge and secondary elements. 

(15-20) Explorations of signage applications. Think murals, outdoor signage, interior signage etc! How would your brand use singange to educate consumers and explain your concept?

Signage Demo File 

3 / 30 / 21 


Critique Packaging Systems


Contintue to refine packaging / signage

(10-15) Explorations of additonal applications. Think order numbers, merch, drive thru menu etc. These should be thing that relate your brand and enhance it.

Begin to start designing your final boards. Have some drafts for us to review for next class.

4 / 1 / 21 


Final Critique Critique packaging /
signage explorations.

Critique sketches explorations or
additonal collateral



Think about how to lay out your boards in an interesitng way. Think layering / editorial / and engaging. Push scale. 

Review the list of deliveravbles above.

4 / 6 / 21 


Final Project Due


Homework for Project 3