I am currently working on an app for restaurants to manage their online presence. In many ways, it is an a la carte service where restaurants and pick and order individual products that they want/need, so the idea of small, individual icons that work alone or in groups came up.
The app is called BISTRO, and I want to give it a playful vibe. The two main inspirational sources I have right now is the Eames House of Cards (picked up a box at a thrift store last week) and these few photos of enjoyable French Bistros.
I think that the style can be extremely playful (in the spirit of the Eames) while still teaching the user about the product at various stages. Keeping with the a la carte idea, I want to find a way to combine or separate the icons for individual uses.
Photos of inspiration
I hope that the inspiration isn't too disparate. Will definitely be taking advice from anyone about how to connect the two concepts in to a useful set of icons.