#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 11x17 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​-down​load​.com

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

#19 Dollars & Cents

19 Dollars & Cents

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Find printing tips & framing ideas here.

Do you know how the U.S. dol­lar sign came about? To des­ig­nate Unit­ed States cur­ren­cy apart from that of oth­er coun­tries, the numer­al amount was pre­ced­ed by a U super­im­posed over an S.

Even­tu­al­ly the bot­tom curve of the U was cropped off & the dol­lar sign became two ver­ti­cal, par­al­lel lines on top of a cap­i­tal S.

That explains why there are some­times two par­al­lel lines in the dol­lar sign. Just one line, or lines that do not extend ful­ly from top to bot­tom, as is more com­mon today in most fonts & is just a sim­pler rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what it real­ly stands for, the “U” in “Unit­ed States.”

listen up!
PRICE INCREASE! This edi­tion was released on April 1, 2012, with a head­line announc­ing Amper­Art would no longer be free. I would have to charge per edi­tion, per sub­scrip­tion, what­ev­er, just any­thing at all so I could end the announce­ment with the words “April Fools.”
I was flat­tered when some sub­scribers who read the announce­ment but missed the punch line com­ment­ed, say­ing they would glad­ly pay for their Amper­Art pieces. Maybe next time I’ll leave off the “April Fools.” (Just foolin’.)
One per­son, a long-​time sub­scriber who has become a friend through our con­ver­sa­tions, says he looks for­ward to Amper­Art every month; it’s one of his joys in life. Thanks, Lar­ry.

Production notes:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches
Program: Photoshop
Font: Engravers Text
Ampersand: hand-​drawn, based Baskerville