Monday, November 13, 2006

Question: or Brought To You By the Letters...

Here's a simple, and probably very silly, question:

Are there any letters that you just arbitrarily hate? (Or at least that you have a strong dislike for?) How about any numbers? Colors?

If so, what are they? And remember: these have to be arbitrary, purposeless hates.

So, for example, I couldn't say I hate pink because, well, I've got good reason for hating pink (besides being ugly, it's kind of a fakey, insincere color that somehow gets affiliated with love). I can, however, say that I really just don't care for the letter J. It's not quite a hate, but I just... I really don't like it.

See, that was easy. Now it's your turn.

Sweeping the clouds away

9 comments:

Alan said...

as a graphic design major i've come to despise all letters (even though i'm supposed to love working with type cuz, well, its pretty much my whole job).

the letter "p" in particular, is bothersome

Jeff said...

How about words? The word "socioeconomic" has always bothered me.

Anonymous said...

x, i mean really...

emnovak said...

I actualy like J. And pink. And x too. U. I don't like the letter U that much. This is hard, I don't really dislike any letter all that much. I might have to think about it more and post again.

the marvelous patric said...

i try not to hate. it's because i'm such a great person.
i love all colors. yellow can be problematic sometimes when i'm coloring comics, depending on whether it's for the screen or for print. but i don't hate it. i respect the challenge it's giving me to make it look right.

as for letters, i pity "q". i mean, without "u", it's pretty much useless. it's like "p"'s retarded, inbred, bizarro clone. poor thing.

Kajsa said...

I'm not a big fan of "Q", but only the capital cursive version they made us use in elementary school.

joel. said...

J is a great letter in some senses and a horrible one in others. In fact, the same can be said about all letters with descenders or ascenders. Obviously, I'm speaking as a designer here (I don't know who Alan is, but I bet he'll agree with me), but when working with type, there are times when b, d, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, p, q, t, y are all a lot of fun to work with. Ascenders and descenders give all sorts of great opportunities for flare and neat tweaks—especially those with descenders. However, there are also times when working with tall or short letters is an exercise in futility—again, especially with descenders.

Consider my website and text treatment in the logotype. Every single letter sits on the baseline except for that darn j (maybe there is a reason to hate it). In this application, the descender works alright, but it is easy to imagine situations in which that will be a problem. "Use a capital J, stupid" is a fair response, but proper capitalization (Joel Schou) or camel-case (JoelSchou) didn't fit the desired look. Times like these can make a designer yearn for a good ol' "conoco".

If I've confused you, then, well, it's an artist thing. You wouldn't understand ;)

dyk said...

As a child I used to experience a mild irritation or sense of injustice at the letter 'H' for coming before the letter 'I'. I'd experience this feeling when looking things up alphabetically. No other letter ever bothered me, but 'H' just couldn't accept it's place as an inferior consonant.

joel. said...

You just don't like H because it makes spelling your last name more difficult.