Hello & thanks for stopping by. I’m Chaz DeSimone, founder of AmperArt.
A year or two after creating AmperArt, I discovered a very interesting & entertaining website, NationalDayCalendar.com, which gave me the idea to “acknowledge & applaud the ampersand” with its own special day. I designed the official logo, above, & designated September 8 as National Ampersand Day.
Why this particular date? It was apparent several of the characters in “September 8” can be cleverly disguised as ampersands when certain fonts are used, like this:
For you typophiles & hardcore amperfans, here are the fonts & font families used for the ampersands in the SEPTEMBER 8 logotype:
While we’re at it, here are the font families used in the official National Ampersand Day logo:
large ampersand: Garamond (Monotype), modified
“national ampersand day”: Garamond (Adobe)
“fun fabulous functional”: Helvetica
ampersand following fun: Caslon 540
ampersand following fabulous: Vivaldi
ampersand following functional: Baskerville
DO YOU KNOW A BIRTHDAY GIRL OR BIRTHDAY BOY WHOSE SPECIAL DAY IS SEPTEMBER 8?
WISH THEM A HAPPY AMPERSAND BIRTHDAY WITH THIS LINK:
MORE ABOUT THE AMPERSAND:
Did You Know…
& The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
& The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
& The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
& The plus sign is actually an ampersand?
Read about these & other fun facts here.
Applaud the Ampersand
Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with it:
& Use lots & lots of ampersands!
& Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
& Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
& Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
& Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
& Use #AmpersandDay & #AmperArt on social media.
& Tell your friends to visit AmperArt.com.
& Send anyone whose birthday is September 8 this Happy Birthday link:
Every Day Is Special
Visit National Day Calendar to see all the observed days of the year. Which one falls on your birthday?
There are celebrations for:
- National Cream Puff Day
- National Rubber Ducky Day
- National Hat Day
- National Shower with a Friend Day
- National Homemade Soup Day
- National Bagel Day
- National Hug a G.I. Day
- Naitonal Proofreading Day
- National Barbie Day
- World Autism Awareness Day
- National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
- National Tweed Day
- National Star Wars Day
- National Cartoonists Day
- National Bike to School Day
- National Olive Day
- National Go Barefoot Day
- National Weed Your Garden Day
- National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
- National Country Music Day
- National Nude Day
- National Root Beer Float Day
- National Coloring Book Day
- National Coast Guard Day
- National Beer Lovers Day
- National Hug Your Boss Day
- National Swap Ideas Day
- National Homemade Cookies Day
- National Techies Day
- National Mad Hatter Day
- National Parents as Teachers Day
- National Cappuccino Day
- National Cook For Your Pets Day
- National Violin Day
- National Card Playing Day
- National Champagne Day
…and hundreds more.
Order a National Day Wall Calendar or subscribe to their free announcement emails & never miss one of your favorite National Days again. Find your favorite days to celebrate at NationalDayCalendar.com.
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