Why is SEPTEMBER 8 National Ampersand Day?

National Ampersand Day logo

“Can we spell it with ampersands?”

Probably no other holiday or observance day’s date has been determined with the particular criteria as National Ampersand Day. That criteria, quite simply, was “Can we spell it with ampersands?”

The word “SEPTEMBER” and the numeral “8” were selected specifically because, using a certain typestyle for each ampersand, you can “spell out” the date with ampersands, as shown here, wherein each ampersand resembles the character it stands in for. 


Ampersand Day logotype

 

The ampersands here are used much the same as pictographs or hieroglyphics, which simply means “recognizable pictures of the things represented.” This has rendered a unique, visually descriptive logotype, spelling out of the designated date of National Ampersand Day. (The official National Ampersand Day logo, which is circular, is shown a few paragraphs down.)

For you typophiles, here are the fonts & families used in the September 8 logotype:

 

Ampersand Day font callouts

 

Aside from three characters, each ampersand in a specific font resembles a letter and the number. Just a glance tells you it says “September.” The “8” might take a moment or two. Only the P, M & R don’t fit in. But if one of you sharp-witted ampersand fans has a suitable idea for any of those letters, drop it in the suggestion box

While we’re at it—for you extreme typophiles & amperfans—here are the font families used in the official National Ampersand Day logo:

National Ampersand Day logolarge 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

 

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Wish someone special a
HAPPY AMPERSAND BIRTHDAY
on September 8

Happy Ampersand Birthday

Do you know a Birthday Boy or a Birthday Girl whose special day falls on National Ampersand Day, September 8?

Send them this link to their own Birthday Page featuring the stylish greeting you see above:

amperart.com/happy-birthday-ampersand-day

 

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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.


ENJOY THE FUN & FABULOUS AMPERSAND
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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: 
      amperart.com/happy-birthday-ampersand-day

 

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Receive a fun & fabulous & absolutely free ampersand art print download, suitable for gallery-quality printing & framing, each & every month! There’s always a story behind the artwork & a colophon of production notes, fonts & credits.

 

 

#102 Ups & Downs

 

#102 Ups & Downs
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I’m sure 99% of you can relate to Ups & Downs, right?

Normally I send my latest AmperArt release on a Tuesday (or later in the week if I’m still adding final touches). But this one, Ups & Downs, is most appropriate for a Monday.

I’ve had my share of ups & downs this year, but thanks to family & friends, they’ve helped me through. I just wish one particular con artist of a client would stop lying & pay her bill so my life can be more comfy once again.

The one constant

Through all my ups & downs, there’s been one constant that has kept me somewhat sane for the past several years. That is creating one AmperArt piece each & every month since June, 2011—wow, that’s six years this month!

I wouldn’t have kept at it without your loyal support & wonderful comments. Thank you, AmperArt subscribers!

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Production notes for #102 Ups & Downs:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Ad Lib
Ampersand: Hand drawn, based on Candara 
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#101 One Hundred & One

One Hundred & One

 #101 One Hundred & One
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Do you see spots?

The idea for AmperArt #101, One Hundred & One, was easier than giving a dog a bone. After struggling with a concept for #100, this one was fun & easy.

One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting in the Alex Theater (Glendale, California) with my family, enjoying this humorous, entertaining, upbeat movie by Disney, One Hundred and One Dalmations. We sure laughed at the antics of ever-hungry Rolly, the chubby dalmation puppy. Even as a youngster, I could tell there was something unique & contemporary about the styling of the animation. It was sketchy in a contemporary fashion due to the first-ever use of scanning the pencil sketches directly onto animation cels with the Xerox process. The color was still brushed in by hand between the lines, but the tedious tracing of the animators’ pencil lines with pen & ink was removed from the process. 

This process could easily have been used as an example for the previous AmperArt #100, Milestones & Goals. But the movie itself is the milestone, so I saved the artwork for #101 One Hundred & One.

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 Incongruent styles.

One Hundred and One Dalmations Movie PosterI was intrigued by the innovative Xerox process & the sketchy style it rendered for this movie. Not only did the revolutionary process create efficiency, it rendered a whole new style of artwork. Researching the lettering for the movie title, I was not so impressed with the colors for the poster. While the movie’s styling of characters & backgrounds was snappy & contemporary, the poster was not. It was all primary colors & a less-than-cohesive assemblage of visual elements. But I did go ahead & trace the lettering (originally hand-drawn) & designed an ampersand to match, for the AmperArt #101 One Hundred & One edition. The edges of the spots & shadows are just slightly blurred, to retain the mostly hard-edge style (due to technical limitations) of the period.

If you wish to study the styling of the dalmations & other characters, this thumbnail will enlarge to a sizeable image.

Image shown for reference & educational purposes only. ©Disney 

Sacrilegious?

Many critics boo-hooed the rough-hewn look of Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmations. They said the lushness of hand-inked line had vanished. Well, yes, it did. But it was replaced by a snappy new look, akin to jazz vs classical. They each have their place, & they each have their fans & followers. I really like the look of this film, & the new Xerox process made animating all those spots possible. It was the perfect story concept to make use of the innovative imaging tool.

Who is to say animation must be hand-inked & hand-painted? Some of the finest animation today has never been near a brush, pen or even acetate cel & it blows away the crude animation of even the finest early Disney classics. I will admit, though, that I will always prefer to watch the original 1938 Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs to the most incredible CGI remake.

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chaz sez ...

Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. It’s mostly about design, typography, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving.


Production notes for #101 One Hundred & One:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
Lettering: Traced from original movie poster
Ampersand: Designed to match style of original movie poster lettering
Credits:
Movie poster: ©Disney (shown for reference & educational purposes)
You may repost the AmperArt image. Please credit AmperArt.com.
To download a full-size high-resolution 11×17-inch poster, click on the image.

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