If you missed part 01, you can go and check it out here.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the JJ's project has been all the opportunites to interpret and extend the brand into so many mediums. After the space had been selected, a VIP event was planned and we needed to create a way to get the attention of local influencers and get them to come and experience JJ's and spread the word. We decided to assemble a kit of JJ's swag into a plain metal lunchbox.
By doing some basic hand work ourselves, we saved money, but the object itself had impact and encapsulated much of the hardworking and fun aspects of the brand. The invitation itself was printed on a page from a diner pad and the labels on the lunchboxes were simple vinyl graphics from a sign shop.
As the menu was developed, owner Jon Luther came up with amazing names for each of the featured dogs. These menu items were carefuly curated and crafted as a best of the best from around the USA. The names were inspiring and I began to explore badging these items and creating a little mini identity for each.
As a team we saw opportunities with this. They became physical buttons, and also made their way onto the menu, both printed and physical in the space.
These badges also became the basis for our rewards program. We invited guests to take a Tour of USA courtesy of JJ's. Every time a signature dog is purchased you get a punch in your card and if you get them all, you get a limited edition T-shirt, created just for this program.
To keep the serving and presentation of the food inexpensive and functional, we dressed up simple serving pieces with a custom deli paper.
We generated tons of ideas for apparel right out of the gate and eventually decided to keep our options to around 4 or 5 shirts. We created simple shirts for the staff and classic kitchen shirts for the back of house, that could be paired with trucker style hats.
We knew that drawing families in was a huge part of what would make the restaurant work. We produced lots of items that would be fun for kids to receive but were very basic and evoked an earlier era, so the parents would be jazzed too.
Overall, we just tried to create items that added to the overall experience and supported the message of the brand. "Considered" was a word that Jon and I both latched onto very early on. Every aspect is considered and thought out and creates pleasant surprises around every corner for those that come in the door.
In part 03, I'll share the process of creating the signage & environmental graphics. Thanks for following along.
UPDATE: Part 3 is up