When you order a chalkboard from Chalk It Up Signs we include the design and layout in your purchase price. A very common issue, when we start creating a layout and design for a customer, is fitting the full Menu on the chalkboard. In this blog I will take you through the choices you have. And include examples that will help in making the decisions of what to keep and what to add.
Our customers really love the “El Jalapeno” chalkboard shown here. Great text, images and a variety of menu items make this design a true piece of art. This chalkboard menu is 48″ high and 96″ long. It has approximately 15 items. This left room for a tile border, examples of the food, restaurant name and item descriptions were kept at 1″ high.But what do you do if you have 30 items? 50 items?
Fitting the Full Menu On Your Chalkboard Is about Give and Take.
With breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and desserts it is easy to have more menu text than will fit. The text on a chalkboard can only get so small. Your menu needs to be readable from 6 to 10 feet. We have learned that 1″ or 72 pt is as smallest you should go. We can go down to 3/4″ but after that it becomes hard to read and hard to draw. It is also important to have “whitespace“, or room around text and images so the eye can rest and read what it is your selling.
Fitting the Full Menu On Your Chalkboard …
The Old Crow decided to remove item descriptions from the chalkboard and provide customers with a handheld menu with all the detail. This left plenty of room for their trade mark crow and some nice menu images. The sign became a focal point and created an identity for the restaurant.
What other options?
Bigger chalkboard, more chalkboards, removing the framing for extra room and finally printing your chalkboard. (go to link for more info)
We always create what our customer wants. Chalk It Up Signs offers 16 years of design/layout and chalkboard drawing experience. Our chalk artists can and will fill a chalkboard full of text to make sure everything is listed.
Contact us Chalk It Up Signs today help you have the absolute best chalkboard signage in the business.