Website Design & Build
Australian AGDA Awards – Finalist (results pending)
NZ Best Awards – Silver
In Surry Hills, Sydney, Nelly Robinson’s bunker-style restaurant was undertaking a refurbishment and required a brand refresh which matched the modernity inherent in the new space and to capture the unexpected and unique storytelling imbued in the culinary journey experience. The theatrical dining experience at Nel leaves guests feeling nostalgic, exhilarated and sometimes perplexed. Each dish tells a story that reaches far beyond the palette. As such, the identity needed to capture this unexpected spirit and sense of discovery. We coined the descriptor “A Culinary Odyssey” to articulate the journey and sense of other worldliness.
The new Nel wordmark aims to play with people’s minds in a modern optical illusion. Initially we see a standard “E” letterform - but our eyes return to decipher the visual illusion. Playfulness extends beyond the logo. Bespoke menu covers use scanimation to create the illusion of a bounding rabbit as the menu is slowly pulled from its sleeve, further adding to the sense of theatre and wonder. This visual language continues throughout the website, with imagery transitioning through vertical bars mimicking the scanimation aesthetic. Considered interplay between the Nel brand and the theatrical degustation creates a seamless, mind-bending experience.