Quips are hard to come up with for me. I really do love those funny remarks but I’m not fast to come up with them. I’m more like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail where I’ll come up with a remark two hours later and its too late to say it without looking completely idiotic. My girlfriend, Kristina, is pretty good with quips. So is my friend, Cal, even though his are really cheesy.
If you are wondering why I started this post talking about quips, you would be smart to realize that I was trying to come up with a good sentence to start with the letter Q for my drop cap. Words that start with Q aren’t hard to find but they don’t usually start a sentence unless I wanted to talk about quails, Quixote, or people named Quinn. I actually pulled my handy dictionary from my bookcase to look for words that start with Q. I stopped at “quip” because I like that word. I’m also envious of people who can come up with them.
Anyway, today’s post is the letter Q I’ve been working on for a while. This was a letter I had a problem with because of its shape. I knew from the start I wanted to make the more cursive looking Q. My mission was to make it look definitively like a Q and not a 2 because my girlfriend thinks it looks more like a 2. The problem though is that once I did that, I couldn’t come up with a type treatment that complimented its shape. I finally was noticing old buttons and persian rugs and came up with this treatment. I’m falling in love with 1920′s buttons so I think one of my next designs will use their styles better than I did here.