National Ampersand Day is now
World Ampersand Day
…because the fun & fabulous ampersand is celebrated worldwide!
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SEPTEMBER 8 BIRTHDAY?
Send them this link to their own Happy Birthday & Ampersand Day page! amperart.com/happy-birthday-ampersand-day
National Ampersand Day was founded in 2015 by designer & typographer Chaz DeSimone, creator of AmperArt.com. Since then people from all over the world have commented at AmperArt that they are ampersand fans. It’s apparent the ampersand is popular around the world: from jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, and simply being fun to scribble.
With all the world-wide popularity for the quirky little glyph, it is most fitting to change the designation to World Ampersand Day, which has been officially registered with National Day Calendar.
World Ampersand Day (formerly National Ampersand Day) is observed annually on September 8th. This is the official logo for World Ampersand Day.
Why September 8?
Chaz DeSimone, founder of
National World Ampersand Day & creator of AmperArt, chose this date specifically because most of the characters can be cleverly disguised as ampersands to designate the date when the right fonts are selected, such as in this ampergram designed several years ago:
Chaz is a typographer and graphic designer, and yes, “ampergram” is his own term. It’s similar to a typogram, in which letters demonstrate the meaning of a word such as para||e| & SM)LE. But here the letters are represented by ampersands, so he calls this image an ampergram. Originally, he could not find suitable ampersands to replace the letters P, M & R, so asked for suggestions. Lo & behold…
Nancy’s ampersand for the ampergram!
Nancy Upper suggested the new ampersand to replace the R in the ampergram.
Sophia is a beautiful typeface & its ampersand perfectly represents the R in the uppermost fashion!
Nancy Upper is an ampersand historian (her term is “ampersandologist”) & long-time AmperArt subscriber. Her keen eye and dedicated research truly enhances the ampergram’s R with the Sophia typestyle ampersand.
Nancy will publish a book soon, exclusively about the ampersand. It will be announced in a future AmperArt newsletter. Learn more about Nancy Upper here.
Play & have fun with the ampersand
Celebrate World Ampersand Day by getting creative:
Use lots & lots & lots & lots & lots & lots & lots of ampersands!
Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
(android, candelabra, band)
Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
(Andy, Andrea, Alexander, Grandma)
Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, & represents the letters “et.”)
Use #AmpersandDay & #AmperArt on social media.
Tell your friends to visit AmperArt.com & subscribe — it’s fun & fabulous & free!
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?