Last night, a group of Q folk attended 826 Michigan’s Storymakers Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. This is the third annual and it has been our pleasure to be involved from the start.
Q recently turned 30 years old. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’ve spent the last few months putting together a project and planning a party, both of which focused on the various people that have made Q the company that it is today.
Thought it would be fun to share a sneak peek into the design process for The Ark’s Folk Festival work. This year we’re thinking letterpress, thanks to the multiple field trips we’ve taken to Jim Horton’s studio and serious desire to play around with his libraries of type!! We’ll see where it goes, but for now just enjoying the steps along the way.
Nearly 8 years ago, Q designed a new identity for the Ann Arbor Art Center. Perhaps you've spotted the downtown bike racks inspired by the logo? This year, we are continuing our support of this Ann Arbor landmark by sponsoring their largest annual fundraiser—Winefest. Q designed all of the promotional materials for this year's theme: Paint the Town. The big event will be held at a chic—and unexpected—warehouse on the west side of town on Saturday, May 7, and includes a strolling supper, wine-tastings, live auctions, and "random acts of culture". Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.
We’re a social bunch. You’ve heard about our legendary parties, epic volleyball games, and international adventures. But, we hadn’t fully ventured into the virtual social world until now.
Bob Royce correctly identified our two mystery Q operatives from our
email – Thilo von Debschitz (first on the left) and Laurenz Nielbock (back row third from the right) from
. We’re planning a January luncheon at a yet to be determined location. Congratulations Bob!
Q is fun place to work. From the décor to the wall hangings to the open workspace environment to the smiling, super intelligent people who work here. This environment is an incubator for creative thought. So, when I saw one of my favorite new blogs, Think Vitamin, running a contest where a photo of a work environment that displays the most creative and fun setup would win, I immediately decided to enter.
It was my lucky day. As I sat in the hallway of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design between classes, I discovered a friendly message reminding me of the interview I had a little over a week ago. The e-mail congratulated me on receiving the internship position at Q LTD! This was unexpected, for I had become discouraged after discovering my competition was many. Trying to attract as little attention as possible, I smiled widely, jumped around minimally, and did all I could to maintain an “indoor voice” while I celebrated a sort of personal victory. An overwhelming feeling of disbelief and relief settled in as I calmed down in order to email Jocelyn back assuring her that yes, I still wanted the job!
If you called the Q office this week and talked to one of the crew, you may have heard a tired voice on the other end. Even more than normal. This is because we took our mantra "too much fun" to the extreme last week. We had our annual Q retreat, which is always a fun and exhausting day, but this year we were lucky enough to have our friends Thilo and Laurenz from Q in Wiesbaden, Germany join us. This marked the first time either of them has been to Ann Arbor and we did our best to show them many of our favorite places and things in just 4 days.
Stories and (lots) more photos after the jump.
Q Wiesbaden has a client relationship similar to ours with the Ark and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. They are design sponsors for the annual Rheingau Musik Festival. And, like Q Ann Arbor, they like to unwind with some good wine, interesting music, and great food. Last week, they invited Tom and I to their annual sponsor party for the Rheingau Musik Festival. Tanja, Q’s resident photographer, took some fabulous shots of the event, which took place at a beautiful winery in the Rheingau region outside of Wiesbaden.
More photos after the jump.
My internship could involve me running papers, designing nothing more than 60x60px web buttons, scrubbing floors covered in lead type, all while wearing a bunny suit and singing mary had a little lamb.
Last Tuesday, Q threw a cocktail party in honor of my 10 years with the company. It was also an opportunity to welcome Tom back into the States, and say Auf Wiedersehen to Alissa who is headed to Q Wiesbaden for the summer.
Next time you’re strolling the streets of Kerrytown, be sure to pass the Q front window on Catherine. This week we got in the holiday spirit by participating in the Kerrytown District Association window display contest… and we won!
While recently flipping through the October issue of Stereophile magazine, I came across a familiar looking CD cover accompanying an article. Oh that’s right, I’ve seen that around the Q office – the new David Grier CD designed by our own Jeff Callender.
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