&Walsh, the agency set up earlier this year by designer Jessica Walsh, has revealed its identity for Zooba, an Egyptian street food restaurant based in Cairo.
With the opening of its first store in New York, it approached &Walsh to create its new brand in America. Walsh told us that they went to Cairo to meet Zooba’s team: “We were inspired by the “beauty of the layered visuals we saw on the streets: the hand-painted typography on foul carts, geometric patterned tapes, mix and matched coloured tiles, posters, and painted illustrations on walls.”
This inspiration informs much of the identity. Bright colours, geometric patterns, Egyptian influences and a bold custom type that came from a collaboration with Cairo-based calligraphy artist Mohamed Mohamed.
&Walsh layered this type with modern versions of patterns and illustrations inspired by the streets of Cairo. “Just like their food is a modern twist on traditional classics, we aimed to do this with the visual language,” adds &Walsh.