Located in the Highlands neighborhood, Glo is one of Denver's newest ramen restaurants. This ambitious new space blends the nostalgic nature of an arcade with the inviting qualities of a Japanese bodega. This mixture of modernity with warm human touches creates an experience that's inviting and will keep you exploring the visual layers long after your noodles are gone.
The restaurant gets its name by honoring owner Chris’s late mother, Gloria, and invoking her love language of cooking meals for others. The visual identity was built around the unique happiness that can only achieved by cooking a heartfelt and healthy meal for loved ones.
I wanted everything in this identity to have a real, human feel, so I tore paper by hand and I got creative with a Xerox machine—while building this style I wanted to deliver playful moments of discover, tempered with some warmth created by a modern design system. Even the bathrooms have their own aesthetic—one is reminiscent of an authentic Japanese bodega, and the other is a full on throwback arcade. I didn’t realize that designing a sink that was an arcade was on my bucket list until this project came to life.