Restaurant Identity / Packaging Design
Client: Toridoll USA Corporation
Popular Japanese noodle restaurant “Marukame Udon” is known for its homemade udon noodles. Upon opening their second location in Downtown Honolulu, unlike their Waikiki location where most of the customers were tourists, this location targets more the local businessmen and students. Therefore, this new location had to implement a more modern and mainland driven contemporary aesthetic while keeping its original branding from Japan.
To introduce the Japanese noodle 'UDON' into the American market, the theme was a fusion of Japanese traditional style and modern taste.
We kept the Japanese feel by using the traditional red stamp design, and added English typography for the store name. Using heavy font weight of Helvetica typeface represents thick udon noodles, and conveys its genuine good taste and quality. The downtown store focuses on take-out service, so we designed the takeout packages to function as great PR tools with waves to represents noodles and soup, alongside the logo placed in a large white space for it to stand out. The design were expanded into store signs and store uniforms building the whole branding guide that will play a strong role for future franchise business.