The 80’s have a lot to answer for in terms of graphic design. Random triangles on everything, squiggly backgrounds and flourescent colours abound. And while we can continue to be inspired by that look, sometimes its nice to go for clean white, natural textures and pops of colour that are inspired by the true colours of food. Not everything needs to be neon!
Terrigal darling and 80’s enthusiasts Rhonda’s Bar has recently had a complete brand refresh as part of an overarching relaunch of the restaurant. Long gone are the psychedelic walls, strong 80’s vibe and sticky floors. Instead, Rhonda’s has grown up and brought together branding to match. Their previous branding was wholly and solely inspired by the 80’s, and they owned it. This restaurant was known for its look, its theming, and was incredibly popular with the locals because of it. But now? It’s time for something more.
The mid-century inspired shapes in Rhonda’s logo itself are a clean and fresh departure from their former logo, inspired by lipstick writing on the mirror and neon. The colour palette has changed, from being dominated by fluro pink, black, white and the glow of a neon sign, to be more relaxed, more mature and absolutely more coastal through the use of soft turquoise and grey, while keeping the strong signature black and white. Pattern is used sparingly but boldly – their social media and menu showcases the use of a black and white chevron that is elevated and obviously inspired by current interior design trends, while bringing in a fun repeat print through the menu and on imagery really gives you the vibe that this is a place to have a good time.
Thankfully, this more mature and elevated approach extends not only from their branding but across their menu and drinks offering too. Crisp woodfired pizzas, modern tapas and sharing plates and classic spritz and cocktails mean that now Rhonda’s has become a place to start the night, share a great meal and have a good drink, rather than a place to end the night. With a sleek new website and beautiful new branding, I’m excited to see what’s next for Rhonda’s – seasonal menu’s, new drink offerings and delivery options are apparently all on the cards. Welcome to the brave new world Rhonda.