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We’re taking over The Land of Nod today!! 01.20.2015

There are a few companies out there that we have dreamed of partnering with. The type of companies that think the same way we do. The kind that create high quality products that are well designed, functional, fun and always forward-thinking! The Land of Nod is one of those companies! We have been brainstorming, sketching, collaborating and dreaming of the perfect pieces for our first collection designed exclusively for The Land of Nod and TODAY IS THE DAY for our BIG REVEAL!!!! We have a fun little group of rugs, quilts, sheets, pillows and other kids room decor that is all launching on the Nod site as we speak!!!! (Have we mentioned this is literally a dream come true?!!) So today, we are taking over the Nod instagram to share some behind the scenes peeks into our design process and finish the day by sharing the new products! We cannot wait for you to see it all and we sure hope you like it!!! Make sure to follow along on instagram at @thelandofnod! We promise it’s gonna be fun!!! #AmpersandforNod

  1. Allison | VelvetCrate

    Congrats, ladies! That’s so cool! We love Land of Nod and can’t wait to check out your stuff.

    http://www.velvetcrate.com

    January 20, 2015 2:21 pm
  2. Jess Zimlich

    Ah, this is amazing! Congrats ladies :)

    January 20, 2015 3:10 pm
  3. ampersand

    Thanks, Allison!!! :) Sure hope you like it all!

    January 20, 2015 6:48 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thanks, Jess!!!

    January 20, 2015 6:49 pm

Holiday Pop-up Shop Recap 11.25.2014

So many thanks are in order for what we feel was a wildly successful Pop-up on Thursday!! A giant shout-out to all the amazing KC shops that participated and wowed shoppers with their lovely products:  Happy Habitat,  Jaime Rovenstine,  Janesko,  Prairie GoodsAmpersand Design StudioNickel & Suede Convivial ProductionOcean and SeaMaddy Nash,  Alicia Janesko and  Survival Letterpress. There was just SO MUCH TALENT packed into our studio. We didn’t want the temporary shop to be taken down!

Thanks a million to everyone who came out and shopped, chatted, had a few drinks and photo-boothed it up! It was so nice to see so many faces—old friends and new! What a great night all the way around and we have photographic proof of the good times. We had the best time looking through all of the pics from One Sparrow Creative!

Our minds are already racing about having another one in the spring! We can’t wait to do it again!

We were excited to debut a few new products at the pop-up and will be getting those live on our Etsy shop any day now! What do you think about our new platters (below)? We also had some brand-spankin’ new phone cases for sale!

photo booth pics by One Sparrow Creative // black & white photos by Jason Domingues

 

  1. Kari

    I was so bummed to miss this event, because it looks AWESOME!! What a great night and yes, you guys should do one in the spring!! Love those new platters!

    November 25, 2014 3:51 pm
  2. Amanda

    We had an amazing time! Thank you so much for letting us be apart of the POP Up Show. It was a great way to kick start the Holidays.

    December 1, 2014 10:11 pm

Ampersand for The Land of Nod!!!! 11.18.2014

OK…BIGGEST NEWS EVER!!!!
Today….we are getting to share the very first sneak peeks into our debut collection with The Land of Nod !

We are PINCHING OURSELVES!!!

Seriously, this is such a dream collaboration for us!! Coming in January, we will have rugs, bedding, and much, much more!!!!! There aren’t enough exclamation points to convey our excitement!!! The rainbow stripe rug above from the Nod press event in NYC is one of our favorite designs!!! We’ll be sharing LOTS more soon but we couldn’t help sharing our first glimpses! We sure hope you guys love the collection!! #nodfamilyhome #AmpersandforNod #shopampersand

PATRICK DOOLEY // 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD 09.09.2014

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student’s design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We’d like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please…AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley’s  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!

 

we heart kansas city: KC Fashion Week 03.19.2014

The Kansas City Fashion Week can rival the best! We’re so proud that such a well put together event happens right here in KC!

This year, Morgan & Carrie missed it, but the newest Ampersandee, Kathy, represented on Saturday night and was blown away!

Did any of you get to go? Tell us, what was your favorite part!?

(Images via @kc_fashionweek)

  1. Jessica Zimlich

    I went for the first time to the Saturday show! I really loved the photo bus, can I say that was my favorite part?!

    Actually, I really enjoyed the pieces I saw come down the runway that were wearable. I’m all about the practical.

    March 19, 2014 4:34 pm
    • ampersand

      The photo bus is the best! We’re so sad we missed the show. It sounds like it was such a good one. We love the wearable pieces also. Really, we love all of it! Can’t wait for next year!

      March 19, 2014 7:42 pm