4 Step Menu Board Design Process

When we come in to contact with new customers we quickly establish their needs from a design perspective. Some already have this aspect completed when we engage, others require design work from the bottom up, there are those who have a website or take-out menu to draw inspiration from and then there is the collection of people who have a vision but require a more involved diagnostic on how to get from ideas/thoughts/plans to implementation.

Design ProcessThis entry will focus on the people who find themselves in the latter scenario and  the four (4) step process that we take our clients through.  It is important to note that our strength is not in defining a marketing strategy for our customers, but learning of their objectives and goals and helping them better execute and reach the heights they are looking to achieve.  We liken this to building a custom house until we have determined the exact needs & requirements from our clients (defined in steps 1 and 2) we cannot accurately evaluate the scope of work for steps 3 and 4.

1- Discovery Phase                                                                                         

Review current menu board system(s)

  • How it came to be
  • Reason(s) for analysis
  • Identify strengths & weaknesses

Discuss current company objectives and short/long term strategies

  • Company mindset
  • Assess goals

Review menu offerings

  • Signature items
  • Profitable/Non-profitable items
  • Combination analysis
  • Product mix

Competition Research

  • Compare/contrast direct competitors

Footprint & ordering flow analysis

  • Survey customer ordering behavior
  • Review layout(s) of restaurants
  • Analyze customer ordering flow

 2- Assessment                                                                                                

Detailed findings report

  • Digest Discovery Phase conclusions in formal report
  • Recommendations
  • Costs associated with Next Steps (Structural Menu Board Layout & Menu Board Design)

3- Structural Menu Board Layout                                                               

Diagram layout

  • Organize menu items
  • Distinguish zones for menu items, groups, and pictures
  • Place products in predefined areas
  • Dimensions

Blurb Explanations

  • Description & reasoning for product placement

4- Menu Board Design                                                                                  

Illustrate look & feel

  • Provide concepts with varying design elements
    • Will be a portion of drive-thru menu & indoor menu
    • Reflective of corporate brand guidelines

Add design elements to approved structural layout

  • Typography
  • Graphics, logo, pictures
  • Branding
  • Colors
  • Gradients, watermarks
  • Dimensions

Provide full redesign of indoor & outdoor menu boards

  • Upon approval of concept
  • Revisions

As you can see, this isn’t your prototypical “call up a sign company and get the same-ish regurgitated design layout” way of doing things.  Nor is it the custom design work you’d get with the cost of the system.  This is an exhaustive approach that yields data that should provide the customer with an unwavering conviction in the direction to go in design.  I will say that this isn’t for everyone. In fact, this is applicable to a lesser amount of the sum.  The reason?  Budget. There are a lot of hours invested in working towards a clearly defined path.

If this blog does anything, it should provide you with some tools and ideas to accomplish some of this on your own.  But remember, this is nothing without a strategy in mind.

What are your thoughts? Do you think there should be an extra step or two? Please share your thoughts below or email us at info@origindisplays.com | 888-235-2579