Food and Drink
Manok ni Baste (“Baste’s chicken” in Filipino, pronounced “mah-NOHK nee bahs-TEH”) is a family-owned chain of rotisserie stalls in the Philippines. Named after my grandfather, Sebastian, it was launched in 2018 with its first branch in Fairview, Quezon City, and has expanded to two new locations ever since.
Its specialty offerings are lechong manok (roasted chicken), sold in sweet glazed, garlic lemongrass and Pinoy-style flavors, and liempo (roasted pork belly). Other menu items include chicken sandwiches and local favorites like sisig and tinumis.
Clucking Up a Storm
Lechong manok stalls are staples of Filipino culture, especially among the CDE market or masa. As Manok ni Baste is new to the industry, the goal is to create a unique identity that appeals to the masa without blending too much with its competitors.
The Manok ni Baste identity strikes a balance between what looks familiar and what feels new. It adopts tried-and-tested visual tropes in mainstream food branding while leaving some wiggle room for graphic experimentation.
Blended to Perfection
The rest of the identity uses a color scheme inspired by the interplay between fire and charcoal. It also pairs the brashness of geometric blackletter headings with the sincerity of humanist monospace body text.
A Little Extra Something
Every dish has that star ingredient that enhances its flavors and gives it that memorable taste. If the rest of Manok ni Baste’s identity had one, it would be this recurring background graphic created from the M shape within the icon.
That same shape also serves as a basis for graphic devices such as arrow icons for in-store signages and call-to-action badges for promoting product discounts, flavor improvements and others within print and social media ads.