Design FAIL the second

The past year my wife and I have eaten at Red Robin with some regularity, since it’s menu is friendly to gluten free diets. We were there with her family tonight and I was reminded of one of my restaurantorial pet peeves:


Menus should not take up so much of the table. They should not overlap the menu of the person across the table from you.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

4 Responses to Design FAIL the second

  1. uggh… These huge menus bother me too. I work in print design (as well as other areas of design/photography) and I just don’t understand the usability of these jam packed menus, other than saving money on printing costs.

    We eat at Red Robin too as 1/2 of our family is gluten free… Good GF restaurants you can trust aren’t easy to find!

  2. Daniel says:

    But Red Robin makes up for it!

    Yeah, this is how far back I am in reading your blog.

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