GQ Logo

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The restrained and stylish GQ logo is like a mark of belonging to the modern male world. It’s concise but expressive, practical but original, and business-like but fashionable. It concentrates on the desire for uniqueness and the wish not to be like everyone else, which is extremely important for a glossy magazine and its readers. It is an entire universe with basic laws of beauty.

GQ: Brand overview

Founder:Condé Nast Inc.
New York City, United States
GQ is an American print publication dedicated to men. It is published once a month and contains numerous materials on style, food, fashion, cinema, music, travel, celebrities, sports, sex, books, technology, and other aspects of modern life. The magazine appeared in 1931 and was called Apparel Arts. It was then renamed Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Its editorial office is located in New York.

Meaning and History

GQ Logo History

Life itself made GQ a periodic men’s magazine. After all, at the outset, it did not pursue such a goal. At the time of its debut, its main task was to talk about the trade of clothing. That is, it had an advertising character and was intended for retail sellers and wholesalers. The publication was called Apparel Arts, it was published in minimal circulation, and it contained information for insiders, so they could give advice to customers when selling clothes.

However, its popularity was off the charts: it aroused great interest even among the non-target audience. Many wanted to see the cover (at that time, still without a brand logo). In the end, the publishers initiated the emergence of a related magazine – Esquire. But this did not help. Gentlemen’s Quarterly remained at the peak of demand, so it was translated into a quarterly publication format for everyone. In 1958, the word “Apparel” disappeared from the emblem, and the era of the concise abbreviation began. After the renaming in 1967, the publishers also excluded the full name. Only the simple “GQ” remained.

What is GQ?

GQ is an international monthly magazine dedicated to the world of men and their interests. It covers topics such as fashion, travel, books, technology, sex, culture, celebrities, sports, and much more that falls within the sphere of interests of the stronger sex. The publication’s release started in 1931 in New York City, where its editorial office is now located.

1931 – 1958

Apparel Arts Logo 1931

The debut logo contained the inscription “Apparel Arts,” executed in an elegant font with sharp serifs. They wonderfully combined with a needle with a thin eye. Moreover, the needle was for sewing machines, hinting at the industrial production of the advertised clothing.

Even though all the letters were in upper case, the first two (at the beginning of each word) were highlighted in particular. They exceeded the rest of the characters in size. The needle was located between the parts of the magazine’s name, emphasizing the designers’ creative vein and the products’ artistic style.

1958 – 1967

Gentlemen's Quarterly Logo 1958

After the rebranding, the men’s magazine received an updated logo, where the full and short forms of the name were combined. It was two-tiered. The first was a line with the expressive abbreviation “GQ.” The letters were large, block-like, and rounded. Moreover, the designers highlighted their similarities, focusing the readers’ attention on them.

  • The symbols had the same width.
  • The smooth lines are elegantly curved.
  • The central white circles were identical in area.

The only difference was in the rectangular segments: the “G” pointed inwards, and the “Q” pointed downwards diagonally. Underneath the letters was the publication’s new name – “Gentlemen’s Quarterly.” It was set in a small, narrow font, enhanced with wide serifs that looked like bricks. The emblem’s color remained the same – dark grey, almost black.

1967 – today

GQ Logo

The letters “G” and “Q” are depicted overlapping each other, not just touching. Therefore, in the central part, at the junction, their segments intersect, forming a complete figure. For this, the designers visually cut off the curves, connecting the remaining surface.

The inscription style, which now acts as a graphic element, is succinct, strict, and restrained. Such a format is characteristic of fashion brands, to which GQ belongs, as it covers fashion, culture, and other aspects of modern men’s lives. There’s no longer a lower line with the full name, as the glossy magazine’s recognition has grown and the publishers deemed it unnecessary.

Font and Colors

GQ Emblem

GQ chose a hefty font for its logo, which adds weight, making the magazine very substantial. Moreover, the title stands out and immediately catches the eye, even against other inscriptions. This is the Gotham font, created by U.S. designer Tobias Frere-Jones. Architectural samples from the past century inspired him, so the letters are hefty and bulky. They have no serifs, as the developer tried to modernize the typography of the fashion magazine, making it stylish.

The “heavy weight” of the inscription in the logo is also explained by the desire to expand the magazine’s reader base. The letters are so large that they dominate, morally looming over a person. But they have no serifs: this is antiquity, a classic, which, in the designer’s opinion, turns progressive periodicals into retrograde ones. Therefore, he chose a bold aspect – youthful, indicating a desire to keep pace with the times, adhering to the laws of simplicity and lightness, despite the bulkiness.

GQ Symbol

The original color palette of the emblem is modest – it is restrained and unobtrusive. However, black often “mutates” into any other color, depending on the cover’s background. Sometimes the overlay of letters is highlighted by the transparency of segments.

GQ color codes

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CMYK:0 0 0 100
Pantone:PMS Process Black C