Monday, August 25, 2008

I love ampersands!

I wanted to share a little love regarding my favorite personalities in a font's character set. The ampersand has been around since the first century A.D. where it began as a squared "Et" and has since become more connected and curved in many modern serifs and sans serifs ("&"). Ampersands to me have the most personality & flair as compared with other characters—if you agree here are a few things you might appreciate.

"More than just a pretty shelf sitter, these heavy ligatures can be deployed in a wide variety of household and office applications such as bookends, door stops, paperweights, dumbbells for power-walking or self-defense mechanisms."
Cast Iron Ampersand Sculpture from House Industries

Ampersand Organic Shirt from Service

Beautiful Ampersand Plate from Cul de Sac

Hoefler & Frere-Jones' post "Our Middle Name" This article gives history of the ampersand and details some of the foundry's favorites.

"Ampersands with Attitude" article from Smashing Magazine that details 10 different styles of ampersands from different fonts

"The Funkiest Ampersands You've Ever Seen" from Spoon Graphics Blog This post includes some of the recognizable, some of the most beautiful and of course some of the funkiest ampersands out there. It's inspirational & fun.

The Ampersand Blog features every incarnation of ampersands that you can imagine. Hours of fun for ampersand lovers! Many images above were submitted to the blog by readers.

What are your favorite ampersands?


Cicada Studio said...

Now I love ampersands, too! I didn't realize that it derived from "et". What else don't I know?

PS- I'll be blogging about your lovely giveaway very soon- it's in the post queue!

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

Just saw your work on Cicada's blog - very nice. Thought you might get a kick out of this blog:

My former officemate, a graphic designer, loves looking at these!!