Ode to Ampersand: 30+ Inspiring Images of Our Favorite Character

by on 18th November 2010 with 12 Comments

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Did you know that the ampersand comes from the phrase “and per se and?” Or that it originated around 1st century AD as a combination of the Roman cursive letters E and T? Even more interesting than its history and origin is its fantastic shape, which designers are constantly using as a muse for a new piece of typographical art.

Below you’ll find over thirty excellent inspirational images that feature ampersands as a primary element. Looking through these will help you learn to take advantage of what is arguably the most attractive character on your keyboard.

300&65 Ampersands

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Hoefler & Frere-Jones

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Ampersand ID Chart

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Ampersandwich Tee

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The Guide

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Ampersand Food Groups

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Typo gifts

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Coffee & Cigarettes Poster

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24 Line Poynder Ampersand print

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Ampersand (New Kensington, PA)

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Neuarmy™ » The Warfare of Deception

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Historical retrospective of ITC typefaces

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Ampersand | Work in Progress*

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The Bad Lab — This & That

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Custom Letters

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Conor & David – & Poster

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Fish&Chips on the Behance Network

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Graphic-ExchanGE

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L&A wedding stationery

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58 Ampersands Poster

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Ampersands : craig oldham

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imgfave | The Ampersand

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Ampersand Deluxe Carrying Case

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Ampersand Prints

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Sex and the City Ampersand

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Letterpressed &

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kyle poff

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Benwells Specialist Printers

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Ampersand

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Ampersand

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Wallpaper

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The Ampersand

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Show Us Yours!

Now that you’ve seen all these great examples of Ampersand art, get out there and start making your own.

If you have any great examples that you want to share, leave a link below in the comments so we can check it out. Also be sure to let us know which of the above is your favorite!

Comments & Discussion

12 Comments

Comments & Discussion

12 Comments

  1. Great article! Thanks for sharing all these ampersands! Very inspiring and wonderful to look at.

    Timothy Whalin

  2. Brandon Cox says:

    Sweet! Our best friends have a dark brown iron ampersand hanging on their wall between pictures of their children – great symbolism from a beautiful symbol!

    Great collection here!

  3. Alessio says:

    Wonderful, I love ampersands and it’s great to see all these variations on a beautiful character! The “This & That” really caught me. It would make a great fabric print for a shirt!

  4. Thanks for including my Poynder, printed on coasters now which looks much better ;)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31599684@N08/4949494397/

    Love ALL ampersands so I’d have to go for the ID chart!

  5. raybak says:

    coffee and cigarettes poster is very creatively done specially the use of negative space.

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