Your favorite ampersands...

ecs's picture

Hey everyone,
I'm designing some wedding invitations and am on the prowl for some especially interesting ampersands. Think beyond mega-swashy scripts (although if you know of some interesting ones that aren't Edwardian, Bickham, Nuptial, etc., those are welcome too.) What are your personal faves? Thanks! -ecs

david h's picture

Sloop by Richard Lipton - Font Bureau

Miss Tiffany's picture

This thread didn't have much luck the last time or the other time or that time.


I still love the Ampersand in Anisette from Porchez Typofonderie.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Here's another oldie but goodie.

Matt Squire's picture

I think ampersands are a bit similar to those distructive fonts that everyone creates at college, tear up some paper, scan it in, take it into fontographer and bingo, a typeface.

I find it annoying when I see these fonts for sale, these are the fonts that one should create themselves.

I think that an ampersand could be created similar to this, they can be taken out of a font and used on their own along with other faces. THis way you can create your own ampersand the way you want it without the worry of it fitting in.

Also it becomes a lot more personal which chould reflect the wedding theme a whole lot better.

david h's picture

Comenius by Hermann Zapf

ecs's picture

Thanks for the suggestions, sorry if I missed the previous threads on this. I'm in a pre-pre-sketching phase of this.

Matt, I think calling a whole piece of punctuation "college trite", to paraphrase, is a bit broad. I likely will be creating new type for this project, but I have to start somewhere. Whether or not I even use an ampersand is TBD, but interlocking letters that spell "and" in French is symbolic, even if it does tend to be more of a 'surface' concept than complex.

jselig's picture

I've always been partial to the U&lc masthead.

JonPhillips's picture

Forget ampersands, I much prefer the word 'and'. After all, it's an integral part of the English language.

And it's lovely when you start a sentence with it (probably just the rebel in me).

And I really hate abbreviations in all their forms.

But you must set it nicely. So be nice to it and it'll be nice to you.

track and kern's picture


vinceconnare's picture

and per say, that abbreviations are at the core of Latin. I understand about how you hate the way people use & instead of and in sentences but that is just people not understanding how to write. I hate things like if you are writing 2 things you would write two things. But the ampersand is just the last of a few Latin truncations or abbreviations.

I am kind of fond of '£' truncation of the old Roman libra...

oldnick's picture

Ampersands have their place--even in formal usage--so your personal preferences regarding this particular character should remain your personal preferences, and not a universal rule (take the iPods out of your ears and get a grip, people). The basic structure of the ampersand is supposed to reflect the Latin word et -- and -- not unlike the Latin term per se (Vince: not "per say") is understood as "in and of itself."

fontplayer's picture

Here is one that is a wallpaper download at a site called Typeco:

I like it, although I don't think it is a font.

paul d hunt's picture

I like it, although I don’t think it is a font.

Well not a digital font anyway.

canderson's picture

If I were working on a wedding invitation, I would design a unique "et" myself. If you're using it as a logotype, why use someone else's work?

In Portland, we get typographical garbage like this:

In the link, it should show a wedding invitation with a big "&". I assume this is a wedding inviation staple.

timd's picture

Pedantically speaking, shouldn't that be headphones?


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