Try not to drool: Studio Yukiko’s new magazine for DoorDash is yummy to the core

Yukiko began by looking into iconic Californian design posters. LA signage from strip malls and indoor food markets also played a role. One of the main sources of inspiration, in fact, came from “almost no-longer existing roadside vernacular restaurant architecture” from LA – “literally food shaped eateries”, says Sebastien.
As the publication is for such a well-established brand, Yukiko has been given an unusual amount of creative freedom. “DoorDash was very gracious to let the creative team really flex their expertise here. Shout out to Adriel Nunes who believed in our design work and let us get away with a lot of juicy design stuff you don’t always get to do with such big brands,” Michelle Phillips says. The first issue of Secret Menu is embedded within the culture of LA food. Sébastien Millot, design director and Yukiko founder, explains: “It was important for us to aim at taking the reader on a personal and immersive culinary journey through the neighbourhoods, serving up delicious stories and generous design that reflects both LA and its creative food scene.”
Before you sink your teeth into the first bite of a meal out, what’s the first thing that gets your mouth watering? It has to be the menu or, if you’re a Virgo, the PDF version downloaded to your phone days before. We are of the opinion that a menu is always better with pictures. Though salivating over pictures of food isn’t always conducive to hard work, as Studio Yukiko found out when working on its newest project for food ordering platform DoorDash. The design team was tasked by the company to produce Secret Menu, a new print title that takes a “behind-the-scenes-look into local food culture, starting with Asian food in Los Angeles”, Yukiko wrote recently on Instagram. “Honestly we were constantly hungry,” says Yukiko founder Michelle Phillips, who worked on the art direction.

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