Branding Project: Tallula's Restaurant

I had the pleasure of working with the Rustic Canyon Family Restaurant Group on their latest project, Tallula's, located just a block from the beach in Santa Monica. Working with Josh Loeb, Zoe Nathan and Chef Jeremy Fox, I created the visual identity, signage, stationery, menu designs and the website for this charming and fun neighborhood Mexican restaurant.

The restaurant, named after Josh and Zoe's daughter Tallula, has a vibrant and festive atmosphere with an outstanding and creative menu by Chef Jeremy Fox and Chef Mario Alberto.

It was exciting to see the way everything came together, from our initial meetings, to the interior designer's sketches, to construction, printing of materials, and finally seeing them open for business and eating the delicious food.

I'll briefly share with you the branding process below...

The project started with a vision board which sets the mood and tone from the design objectives and positioning established in our initial meeting. Once the mood board and design brief are approved and everyone is on the same page, I start sketching concepts. The sketches above are for the chosen direction: "warm and welcoming".

I ended up manipulating the letterforms a bit in the computer until the logotype felt balanced and legible.

I then created a festive and colorful illustrative pattern inspired by Otomi textiles. The hand-drawing has a folk art feeling to reflect the hand-crafted food and cocktails.

We had the logo and directional signage painted by hand throughout the restaurant.

We created custom lettering for the neon sign at the bar which makes for a popular Instagram shot.

The Tallula's branding carries over to the website design and is programmed from scratch in Wordpress. There were 3 main goals we achieved. First, the site needed to be user-friendly and mobile-friendly with all the information being easily accessible by the user and easy to make a reservation. Second, we needed to showcase the delicious food and stylish interior using large and beautiful photography. Third, it needed to be programmed in a way that was super easy for the client to update all on their own; this included the main text on all pages, food and drink menus, hours & special events, photos, and adding press articles.

If you find yourself in Santa Monica, you must check out Tallula's. Or heck, make a special trip! I promise you won't be disappointed. This is truly a special place, with delectable food and cocktails to boot!


Tallula’s | 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, CA | tallulasrestaurant.com

Photography: Rick Poon
Interior Design: Oonagh Ryan Architects


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