When we read, thoughts remote from the words often pop into our minds. In the unlikely moment of reading how Muscovites celebrated winter holidays in a fine restaurant of…

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Theater removes us from the warp and weft of reality and allows us to escape into other lives. Lighting, sets, and actors pull us from our theater seats through the…

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Two things everyone loves are pretzels and ampersands. Bring the two together and you have a sold-out house.   September 19, 2019, pretzels, ampersands, and graphic designers merged in the…

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In December 2012, on Dribbble (with three “b”s), the online community where graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, and photographers showcase new work, I discovered an unusual ampersand. It appeared to…

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Adobe Caslon Pro italic ampersand designed in 1990 by Carol Twombly for Adobe Systems Inc. English gunsmith and typeface designer William Caslon (1692–1766) created the eponymous Caslon letterforms. For her…

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Introduction by Nancy Upper In her 17 June 2015 BBC article on art history, Victoria and Albert: How a royal love changed culture, Lucinda Hawksley explains that Queen Victoria (1819-1901)…

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By NANCY UPPER – March 25, 2018   Ampersands began in human nature. For ever since mortals devised the first alphabets, 3,000-1,000 BCE, men and women have shortened words to…

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  Introduction by Nancy Upper While traveling in an airplane on October 3, 2015, David Blatner’s thoughts turned to ampersands. As his mind wandered back to his childhood, he wrote…

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