Kente is a great little coffee shop in the high street. We are lucky that we now have a few good places to go (although I wish some were open late!).

When I posted the original Deli what if it caused quite a lot of debate which led to calls for Kente to change it’s sign.

This is what Kente looks like at the moment:

Kente before makeover.

Kente before makeover.

It’s blue and yellow signage look more appropriate for estate agents sign that sits above the shop.

Look inside Kente and you will find old travel posters like these:


The lights inside have an art deco feel to them.

So I’ve picked up on some of these visual cues with the type. Colours are warm and inviting golds and reds on a roasted brown background which are colours more associated with coffee. Look at coffee packaging and a majority of it uses browns, blacks, reds and golds/yellows.

The sign would be better on wood rather than the shiny plastic background currently used.

Which could look something like this:

Stage 1

Stage 1

Colours are adjusted (background of sign is very dark ‘roasted brown’), logo is gold with deep rich red-ish brown type for kente. Type is adapted from some type on old travel posters, hand drawn bespoke for this, it’s not just a font!

The type works better like this and Kente is right, coffee house is much nicer than coffee shop! Luckily it just meant drawing a U, I had the other letters!

But the wooden frame sticks out too much, so I darkened it down a bit.

Stage 3: a coat of dark varnish

Stage 2: a coat of dark varnish

And finally the farrow and ball treatment to the surround to soften it from a harsh white (which will age better too).

Stage 4: a lick of paint

Stage 3: a lick of paint

The question is, is the image at the bottom of the post better than the image at the top of the post?

Feedback on this what if can be found here:



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5 Responses to “WHAT IF no6: KENTE COFFEE SHOP”

  1. 1 Hannah August 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Love these designs – the frontage had put me off visiting this coffee house before. Your designs look much more appropriate and inviting.

    • 2 Designed By Good People August 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Hanna,

      thanks for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear positive comments. It makes it all worthwhile. Plus a lot of people look at this site so it all helps.



  2. 3 craig ashby May 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    george rocks!

  3. 4 owlwise June 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I don’t know what it is but the existing sign always makes me think that it’s a shoe repair shop! (the ‘coffee shop’ text is hardly readable) I always think twice to remember it’s a coffee shop.

    Your third image is my favourite.

    • 5 Lee @ Designed By Good People June 15, 2012 at 11:59 am


      yes, the third image is our favourite too. Thanks for commenting. George (who runs the place) is a really nice guy.

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