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Type

5 August, 2008: This is the area I’m weakest on right now. Thankfully I have some great typographers helping me through this process. Check out Hester’s all-type video on youtube: Read More

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Texture

5 August, 2008: My ideas for texture flow from the aspirations for the brand. Like nature, textures found in Clover should reveal a history. Note the process marks on the potato print. You can see where the ink lay down in the printing process. Note the patterns of the Clover flower and leaves. They are ordered, but not perfectly ordered.… Read More

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Color palettes

5 August, 2008: I don’t know which if any of these we’ll end up using, but these are my first take at defining Clover’s colors. I spent too much time looking through aisles of stores, looking through magazines, etc. before I realized that the proper place for Clover’s inspiration to come from is nature. And there are some fantastic references… Read More

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Gooseberry’s at lunchtime

17 September, 2008: I think Gooseberry’s, the Asian food truck at MIT, rocks. Obviously I’m not the only one. This is the line at lunchtime. Nothing special, this is an everyday event. These people are ALL waiting for that white truck up ahead. And it’s not a very long wait, they process folks at a rate of close to 10… Read More

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Clover sound lab

5 August, 2008: During one of my early conversations with Erik Joule he asked: “what will Clover sound like?” I thought it was a great question and spent a bunch of time thinking it through. For a while I was thinking country/bluegrass-influenced contemporary music (I was liking some country and the latest Black Keys album at the time). And while… Read More

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Aspirations and fears for the Clover Brand

5 August, 2008: I scribbled down my goals for the brand a few months ago. Here they are: Long-term aspiration: Clover comes to define a lifestyle centered around a new cuisine and positive conscientious relationship to food Make Clover first place that comes to mind when people think of light/healthy/conscientious/organic food Allow consideration more broadly (e.g., squeeze into their minds… Read More

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Why the name “Clover”?

3 August, 2008: Alex Kazaks gets credit for the name. Asa (my sister) made a puppet for Clementine, a horse, and had named the puppet Clover. Alex said, hey, how about that for a name for the restaurant. We all liked it, I tested it, and here we are. Why did we like it? Here are my top reasons: Speaks… Read More

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Puddle of sunlight

2 August, 2008: (painting is by Vilhelm Hammershoi, a danish painter from the early 1900s) So this is where the visual identity for Clover begins: a puddle of sunlight. A place you want to move towards/ sit under. When people think of it they want to take a deep breath through their nose, the creases around their eyes relax a… Read More

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Restaurant Depot

30 October, 2008: I’ve come to understand that getting your Restaurant Depot card is like a rite of passage into the restaurant business. Restaurant Depot is like Costco for restaurants. Except that the folks stocking the shelves are almost violent in their aggression. You have to dodge out of the way left and right. We’ve been buying basic stuff like… Read More

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Visual identity introduction

1 August, 2008: This tag (visual identity) is dedicated to the evolution of Clover’s visual identity. We could call this “brand,” but I really think it’s more accurately about the visual manifestation of the brand. If we’re successful, the clover brand will be defined by the product, personal interactions with staff, and a philosophy as much as by the concrete visual… Read More