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
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:



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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.



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: 


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#50 Fifty & Fabulous

#50 Fifty & Fabulous
#50 Fifty & Fabulous
Click image to download full-size print suitable for framing or giving to that special person turning 50 — er, 30.

Chaz DeSimone’s 50th AmperArt release is appropriately titled Fifty & Fabulous.

There’s nothing all that clever in this design…the ampersand is the AmperArt logo, a modified Garamond italic, & the words are set in the AmperArt brand identity font, Helvetica.

What is special, though, is you—for taking a look at each of my portrayals of “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art” every month.

Whether you’ve recently subscribed or have seen all 50 from the start, thank you for joining our community of ampersand afficianados & thank you for mentioning AmperArt to your friends who are fans of the ampersand just like we are.

Fifty & Fabulous is usually heard around the time people are nearing the half-century mark in their lives. (Of course, we don’t see them as “old,” today’s 50 being the new 30.) So it might be a nice & simple birthday gesture to frame a print or make a card for the Birthday Boy or Girl featuring the new Fifty & Fabulous AmperArt design.

FREE 11X17 ART POSTER: Download to print a POSTER here. It’s an impressive 11×17 inches, easily printed at a copy or office supplies store. Same size poster frames are readily available, too.

FREE 50TH BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY GREETING CARD: Download to make a CUSTOM GREETING CARD here. Prints on standard letter-size paper or card. For best presentation, print at highest quality on photo card stock. (The card does not mention the word “birthday” so it can be used for any 50th celebration. The inside is blank.)

Look at these ideas: Framing & Displaying Your AmperArt Print

Original dimensions: 20″ x 30″
Program: Illustrator, Photoshop
Fonts: Helvetica, Garamond (modified as AmperArt logo)
Background: all-free-download.com

Thanks for subscribing to AmperArt. Please invite your ampersand-fan friends & colleagues to subscribe–tell them it’s fabulous & free.