300&65 Ampersands

January 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Since starting to work on wedding invitations, I’ve become incredible critical of the design of a typeface’s ampersand. It can hold such a huge graphic presence within the layout of the invitation announcement. It symbolizes the unity and therefore needs to be expressed as a beautiful image representing the bond.

This morning, I stumbled upon this blog that will post a new ampersand every day for the next year. There are so many different ones out there that I had no idea existed! I will definitely be frequenting this site. here are a few to demonstrate the differences:

To give a brief explanation of the symbol…
The graphic of the ampersand, as you can tell, is a ligature of the letters E and T or the Latin word et, which means “and.” Today, the symbol is considered when designing the nuances of a typeface. It can combine most, if not all of the standards used to create uniform details of a typeface: ascenders, descenders, x-height, stroke widths, serifs, etc.

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