It has been said that the most beautiful paring of words in the English language is ‘Cellar Door’ however I possibly believe that a collection of three syllables could be just as beautiful. The word, is a beguiling little secret, we see it every day hiding like a little spy in plain sight nestled furtively between and linking one thing to the next by the subtle presence of itself. Yes it’s that little symbol that we all know what it does, but do we know its real name, do we know the beautiful aural quality uttering each of its syllables produce? Maybe.
AM-PER-SAND…..say it with me, say it quietly, whisper it into the dark room and let each softly spoken syllable ring through the chamber in your mind. AM-PER-SAND……AM-PER-SAND.
Does it sound like I could be a little obsessive about this one little character? Perhaps, but as my journey through design continues and meanders through subjects as typography, the creation of characters and even the very origin or language, it is all very interesting, you begin to unravel history which could all be imbued by the presence of one character, much like a Hieroglyph or a Japanese pictograph, those little swirls and neat little curves hold a story within it.
Click here if you would like to learn more about this logogram.
Right enough hyperbole and waxing lyrical about the Ampersand, the reason I love it, is because of the artistic variance, it seems to offer, and it seems I’m not the only one who has a inexplicable fascination with the Ampersand, here is a collection of truly beautiful typographical variations of it.
I’ve also listed a source list below the gallery for your reference.
Enjoy and please if you have anything to share, I would love to hear from you.