What is your favorite Q?
April 29, 2015 12:23 PM   Subscribe

I am interested in making a small stamp with a letter Q to use to monogram clothing items. I don't like any of the ones I've seen with an alphabet set. Do you have a typeface with a nice letter Q, either capital or miniscule? I want it to be recognizable/readable and I tend to prefer more modern fonts but I'm open to everything.
posted by bq to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I quite like the capital Qs of Baskerville and Baskerville Old Face.
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:55 PM on April 29, 2015


Similar to the above: Mrs Eaves
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 1:02 PM on April 29, 2015


Maybe browsing some of the fonts here would help.
posted by pipeski at 1:02 PM on April 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Univers has the best one.
posted by scruss at 1:10 PM on April 29, 2015


Personally, I think something like the Q in this blackletter font is the most iconic version of the letter.

If you want modern, you can't really do better than Johnston Underground or Gill Sans.
posted by 256 at 1:19 PM on April 29, 2015


John Stevens Shop uses wonderful typography in their stone work. They have a few Alphabet Blocks that have gorgeous letter forms.
posted by plinth at 2:06 PM on April 29, 2015


A friend of mine has a tumblr collecting interesting Qs. Combined with Identifont, there's a lot you could use here.
posted by Maecenas at 5:24 PM on April 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


It may look simplistic, but I like the 'Q' in Qix.
posted by spinifex23 at 6:55 PM on April 29, 2015


Letterhead Fonts is hands down the best place for decorative fonts.

And, question-do you mean modern as in current, or modern type, which has a meaning all it's own?
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:41 PM on April 29, 2015


Baskerville is very nice, Mrs Eaves too. Also very nice: Viking and Carolingia. I don't necessarily like the rest of those fonts, but the Qs are lovely.
posted by Athanassiel at 9:27 PM on April 29, 2015


Oh, Q! There are so many ways to make you. Ornate, simple, thin as fishline or thick as steak. One of my favorite letterforms, obviously. I like many above (Mrs Eaves is quite nice), but the missing element here is probably my favorite way to make a Q, with a separated tail. Cochin is one such.

Another is the enormously overgrown cat-like tail in some bolder display fonts -- I don't know what this one is, offhand, but it's the kind I have in mind. Is that what you mean by modern?

Unless there were some deeper cultural significance, in this situation I would primarily prefer a classical serif typeface.
posted by dhartung at 11:48 PM on April 29, 2015


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