I don‘t know if it‘s just me, but finding an aesthetically pleasing G is the bane of my existence. I‘ve never liked the way G looks in any font — especially cursive G‘s, those are the worst. Lowercase g‘s don‘t make much sense either, especially the looptail variety. I used to spend hours as a child rewriting my name over and over because I couldn’t get it to look like how I wanted it to look (still haven‘t quite gotten it right).
As time has passed, this search for the perfect G has spilled over into other parts of my life. I spent three hours browsing Etsy the other day because I wanted an initial necklace and all the G‘s were too narrow, too angled, not special in any particular way.
I also have struggled with making favicons/OpenGraph images for my site. I‘ve avoided proper identity design by simply using my initial, but then I spend even more time trying to perfect it.
With my first proper website design, I simply threw the initial in my website font onto a red background and called it a day. Later iterations were more or less the same thing, with varying colors and backgrounds. This proven technique has led me to my current icon design, though I think I like the G a little more this time around.
Maybe it‘s because wide sans-serif fonts are trendy right now, but something about the oval that is deeply satisfying, more so than the perfect circles I emulated in previous iterations. I also added the cut-off corner motif that is used all over my site.
I decided to rotate the background for favicons since the square would utilize more space than the diamond shape.
I used to have to search for a favicon generator every time I updated mine, but I finally just installed ImageMagick and made the .ico file myself.
convert ./favicon.png ./android-chrome-48x48.png ./favicon-32x32.png ./favicon-24x24.png ./favicon-16x16.png ./favicon.ico
All that to say, I think this G is close enough to perfection for me. Now I just have to figure out how to get this version onto a necklace.