NANCY UPPER • Founder & Creative Director
Uppersand™ is an enterprise devoted the history, typography, and worldwide uses of the ampersand.
Uppersand is for —
- Designers who make ampersands and create with them.
- Businesses with the ampersand name, the ampersand symbol in the name, and ampersand brands.
- Marketers who promote ampersand enterprises.
- Educators who teach the skill of making connections.
Uppersand informs —
- The more you know about the ampersand symbol, word, and meanings, the more effectively you will use them.
- Uppersand™ blog posts, podcasts, presentations, projects, and publications give you the full story of ampersand history, uses, and value — from the dawn of writing to this day in your life.
Uppersand connects —
- Uppersand™ means ampersands, and like smiles and handshakes, ampersands connect you to people and opportunities.
- Uppersand™’s global network strengthens your life, your work, and the world.
Uppersand acts —
Inaugural projects :
- PechaKucha presentation at the Boston Athenæum
- Podcasts, Uppersandia
- Forthcoming book Mighty Ampersand
- Mighty Ampersand Vimeo video
Uppersand grows —
As Uppersand™ snowballs around the world, our ampersand projects expand to include :
- Uppersand™ Radio
- Book series
→ Watch uppersand.com for invitations !
NANCY UPPER • Uppersand™ Founder & Creative Director
In 1936, engraver and woodcut artist Allen Lewis (1873-1957) envisioned, designed, engraved, and printed, an Ampersandman shaped like our favorite character. Lewis’s sandman found his way into the “serious and not too serious” pages of the New York Typophiles 1936 Christmas keepsake titled, Diggings from many ampersandhogs, Paul A. Bennett, editor.
From September 2002 to March 2008, Vertigo (an imprint of DC Comics) published the dystopian science fiction comic book series, Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The only male mammals to survive the plague that wiped out all others with a Y chromosome are hero Yorick Brown and his Capuchin monkey named Ampersand.
Want a font of entirely ampersands? Saintjean, a 2017 release by the French type foundry Velvetyne, gives you 288 ampersands by designers from around the world. Saintjean continues German typographer Jan Tschichold’s 1953 stride through the centuries, Formenwandlungen der Et-Zeichen [Shape changes of the Et-sign]. Coming Together, the 2010 ampersand bouquet created for Font Aid IV by the Society of Typographic Aficionados, gives you 484 ampersands by worldwide designers. Adobe’s 1982 font Poetica, by Robert Slimbach, supplies with its letters, 62 ampersands inspired by 16th-century writing masters.
In 2011, Cowan’s Auctions Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, sold — for $11,162.50 — a bejeweled, porcelain, ampersand-shaped teapot designed by Los Angeles-based ceramic artist Adrian Saxe.
Some early American gravestone carvers incised ampersands lying on their backs looking skyward, as though promising the deceased connection with the empyrean. A few of these recumbent ampersands inspired modern typefaces. An example is HWT Van Lanen, designed in 2009 by Matthew Carter for Wisconsin’s Hamilton Wood Type Museum.
Tech & Art
At MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ampersand is quarterly concert series of art, music, and film.
In 1911, French artist Georges Braque stenciled an ampersand onto his cubist painting The Portuguese.
1,060 companies worldwide have the word Ampersand (but not &) in the company name. The combined net revenue these companies exceeds $301 million. Net revenue of the worldwide businesses with “&” in the company name exceeds trillions of dollars.
In 2010, University of North Texas design students Bryan Barnes and Jason Perez grew an ampersand from Liriope grass planted in soil and mulch. They called their creation Living Typography.
On November 28, 2017, Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) signed an agreement with the sponsorship agency Ampersand Sports, giving the agency exclusive rights to market sponsorships of the Super League, Premier League, Malaysia Cup, and Football Association (FA) Cup competitions.