#134 Vision & Clarity

#134 Vision & Clarity
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Celebrating 2020 — New Year, New Decade

Amper­Art #134 Vision & Clar­i­ty is a com­bi­na­tion of two con­cepts, one year apart: The orig­i­nal illus­tra­tion of eye­glass­es form­ing an amper­sand for the num­ber 2020 was cre­at­ed in Decem­ber 2018, a year in advance of its intend­ed release. Then, short­ly before New Year 2020, the Pan­tone® Col­or of the Year was announced for 2020, which is Pan­tone® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue. The Amper­Art design was then mod­i­fied to reflect Pantone’s phi­los­o­phy for choos­ing this color:
“Sug­ges­tive of the sky at dusk, the reas­sur­ing qual­i­ties of the thought-​provoking PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue high­light our desire for a depend­able and sta­ble foun­da­tion on which to build as we cross the thresh­old into a new era.
“Imprint­ed in our psy­ches as a rest­ful col­or, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue brings a sense of peace and tran­quil­i­ty to the human spir­it, offer­ing refuge. Aid­ing con­cen­tra­tion and bring­ing laser like clar­i­ty, PANTONE® 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue re-​centers our thoughts. A reflec­tive blue tone, Clas­sic Blue fos­ters resilience.”
Hence, the com­bined con­cepts of (1) vision & clar­i­ty, which allow us to expe­ri­ence (2) the infi­nite beau­ty of the sky inspired by Pan­tone Clas­sic Blue, make up this artwork.

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Pan­tone has been part of my entire career, when it was the pre­mier stan­dard for ensur­ing con­sis­tent col­or from the draw­ing board to the press. (And that’s about all — this is before dig­i­tal any­thing. No mon­i­tors, no inter­net, no print­ers. Can you fath­om that?) At that time, in the 60s, 70s & ear­ly 80s, Pan­tone dealt only with the graph­ics indus­try. It has since become the author­i­ty on col­or for home and busi­ness décor, fab­rics, plas­tics, and dig­i­tal media. And since 1999, begin­ning with Cerulean, Pan­tone has influ­enced the world with its Pan­tone Col­or of the Year. 

For more infor­ma­tion on Pan­tone 19 – 4052 Clas­sic Blue, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​c​o​l​o​r​-​f​i​n​d​e​r​/19 – 4052-TCX

For infor­ma­tion about Pan­tone, and their time­line of devel­op­ment, vis­it https://​www​.pan​tone​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​/​a​b​o​u​t​-​p​a​n​t​one


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#138 Health & Happiness

138 Health & Happiness
#138 Health & Happiness
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Wishing you Health & Happiness in 2019

Wealth, pros­per­i­ty, excite­ment, fun, adventure…I wish all of that for you. But for the com­ing year I espe­cial­ly am hop­ing for opti­mal health for every­one. You see, a few stel­lar friends of mine need health more than any­thing in the com­ing year. One man of the high­est integri­ty has been in the hos­pi­tal way too long due to a “mis­take” by the sur­geon, anoth­er dear friend (whom I call my “big sis­ter”) is deal­ing with a bout of pleurisy & pneu­mo­nia, & anoth­er is doing her best to live with the ugly c word. I whol­ly believe the can­cer­ous cells don’t have a chance against this brave, upbeat, beau­ti­ful woman who sparkles every sin­gle day in spite of it all. She also sug­gest­ed the title for this piece, far bet­ter than my orig­i­nal “Hap­py & Healthy” — as I real­ly want­ed to place health first. & once my “oops” patient is healed, he’ll live to 100 & more, hap­py & healthy as ever. As for my broth­er, I hope for his back surgery to final­ly “take” this year so he can leave behind the pain he’s endured for over 20 years.

For all of you, my loy­al sub­scribers, thanks for anoth­er year of sup­port­ing my per­son­al project, Amper­Art. I hope it brings you hap­pi­ness. I wish it could deliv­er health as well, but once in awhile there’s an arti­cle about that, too.

Hap­py New Year!


The mes­sage was inspired by my friends who real­ly need 2019 to be a bet­ter year health­wise. The col­or, which reflects health & hap­pi­ness, is Pan­tone Col­or of the Year 2019. It is called, appro­pri­ate­ly, Liv­ing Coral. The typog­ra­phy is inspired by some work I’ve been doing late­ly for silent film titles.

Vis­it Pan​tone​.com about Pan­tone 16 – 1546 Liv­ing Coral, Col­or of the Year 2019.

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Production notes for #138 Health & Happiness:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Fonts:Akura Popo (“Health”), Ragg Mopp (“Happiness”), Speedball No. 3 (ampersand)

Ampersand: Speedball No. 3
Background color: Pantone Color of the Year 2019, 16 – 1546 Living Coral
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Happy New Year 2018

Dear AmperArt Fans

Happy New Year 2018

Thank you for showing your appreciation of the fun & fabulous ampersand by visiting my monthly creations. If you haven’t done so already, subscribe for your free monthly artwork featuring “the fun & fabulous ampersand.”

It has been another fun year of setting type, coloring pictures & creating layouts with our most interesting friend. (If you don’t know the story behind the ampersand, find out here.)

This New Year’s greet­ing fea­tures Pan­tone Col­or of the Year 2018, Ultra Vio­let 18 – 3838, as the sol­id back­ground col­or. It is fea­tured in Amper­Art #118 Mag­i­cal & Mys­ti­cal, along with specs and notes about the color.

Typog­ra­phy for this piece: 
Year & amper­sand set in Shelley-​Allegro Script
Words set in Onyx

This is not a typ­i­cal Amper­Art poster; rather a sin­cere wish for you to enjoy a proper­ous, healthy & hap­py New Year. (But it does, of course, con­tain an ampersand.)

See you in 2018.




—Chaz DeS­i­mone
Typog­ra­ph­er & design­er & cre­ator of AmperArt


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