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Ampersand Design Studio: Signature Series 01.02.2012


It’s no secret that we love the ampersand (eh-hem, our business name). It’s just the one simple symbol that can mean as much or as little as you want it to! With one single stroke, the ampersand is the mark  that connects two separate elements. We both have a strong love of typography, so, we were excited to discover that the ampersand is also historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse a little more personality and playfulness into a font. Simply put, it’s the character that gets to have a little more fun! What’s not to love about that?!

Don’t worry fellow-lovers-of-the-ampersand, we’re not trying to claim ownership of the “and” symbol, by any means. We just love it in all it’s different forms, so this is our little tribute to the ampersand!

So, today we are SO EXCITED to announce the official launch of our new Ampersand Signature Series!!

Whether you are a fan of the neon + neutral look, metallics, or the always bold black and white— we’ve got art prints and melamine platters to suit you! (Yes, we’ve gone ampersand crazy over here!)
We did have a few of our new items on the shop a couple of weeks ago, so if you visited then, you might’ve gotten a little sneak peek, but now the full Ampersand Signature Series line is live and here is a little rundown of what you can find! We’ve poured our hearts into these so we really hope you love them!

Neon or Metallic Limited Edition Ampersand Screenprints:
These limited edition 11″ x 14″ prints include ampersands in neon pink, neon yellow, gold or silver on chipboard or pale gray heavy weight paper. We are just obsessed with the way the colors pop off the neutral backgrounds! Each print also has an emboss of our logo and will be numbered in pencil at the bottom right hand corner. We teamed up with the brilliant Vahalla Studios for the screen printing and embossing of this series. Total dream team! We absolutely loved partnering with them!
These truly are limited edition, we just have 50 of each colorway—so you better scoop these up fast! 
Black & White Ampersand Prints:
We love seeing type and letter forms in the classic color palette of black and white—especially when they are over-sized to accentuate the positive and negative shapes! So, we are also offering 8″x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ black and white prints. We have the singular ampersand art print but, being pattern designers at heart, we couldn’t go without doing an all over surface pattern, as well! There are just SO many beautiful ampersands from various fonts that we had to give a few more of them a home. Each one in this series is printed on 100% cotton velvet fine art paper in archival pigment inks. They are  so beautiful in person!

Melamine Ampersand Platters:
Platters — can you ever really have too many?! We think not. We are constantly using platters for entertaining and serving, but we we also can’t get enough of them for decorating and displaying! So we decided to design a couple of platters that we just really wanted to own. ha! (They look particularly good together, too). But really, how perfect to serve cheese & crackers! Or to display your favorite collections?
We envision the silver ampersand print as a perfect engagement gift…The neon ampersands tacked up in a creative office space… The black & white print as a perfect photo prop for two besties or future husband & wife…the platters holding your collection of photobooth strips of family & friends…!
We’d love to hear how you can imagine using them! 
So go check out the full new line and all the other fun goodies in the shop, too!
Cheers to fun new things for 2012! :)
—Morgan & Carrie


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  1. Jennifer King

    >Gorgeous! I love the metallic gold!

    January 2, 2012 1:32 pm
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >girls! LOVE! now to decide which one i need…… ox

    January 2, 2012 2:09 pm
  3. VL

    >smart thinking ladies! and so very ampersand perfect!

    January 2, 2012 4:26 pm
  4. laura

    >LOVE the new products! you girls always make the best stuff. decisions are to be made on which one(s) need to be in my home!

    January 2, 2012 8:31 pm
  5. Kelly

    >Oh my goodness – I just found your blog and I am already obsessed with these items! Congrats!

    being lovely

    January 5, 2012 6:11 am
  6. Jeanee

    >Love it all!!!

    January 9, 2012 12:54 am
  7. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, ladies! We are so happy to hear that you're liking the new stuff. Happy 2012!

    January 15, 2012 4:24 am

bookshelf: alexander girard 12.12.2011


So, for those of you out there who loved the Charlie Harper retrospective that Todd Oldham put out a few years ago, you will be happy to see that Oldham has just taken on the iconic Alexander Girard in a 15 pound, 672 page stunner! This book covers the prolific and diverse work of Girard in a way no other book has done in the past. If you’re looking for a WOW gift for a designer in your life (named Carrie or Morgan) you will get huge brownie points with this one. Also, be sure to check out this video about the book.

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print & pattern: angles 12.09.2011


Just in case you are already done with your holiday shopping, we wanted to give you a little break with some print & pattern eye candy. Not that we wouldn’t like to have both of these for gifts, as well! Happy Friday everyone!
{Links: Andrew Hamilton Crawford Prism Bangle, Angles Pillow}

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on the lookout: scarves, scarves & more scarves 11.23.2011


I don’t think I can have enough scarves. Seriously! It’s that time of year where we live–it’s chilly and I just want to be bundled up all of the time–so scarves become my new uniform! Any one of these sure  would sure be a nice addition to the wardrobe!

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pretty package: anthropologie holiday 11.15.2011


Apologies right off the bat for the crummy editing job here; there was just too much good stuff that was hard to omit. I am so excited to see Anthropologie’s gift wrap for the holidays! Every year I promise myself that I will get my shopping done reasonably early to leave myself time to enjoy wrapping my gifts. Instead, I always find myself stuffing them in gift bags on Christmas Eve. This is especially ridiculous because Morgan and I both designed gift wrap for almost 10 years and genuinely love wrapping gifts and making them pretty. These gorgeous wraps and fun trims might be enough to make me actually stick to my yearly promise for once. (Please, check out the stitched wrap and notebook paper stitched tags! Oh, and the jute wrap and vintage stamps….?!?! Seriously…!) Happy wrapping.

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  1. theolivetree

    >ahhh love all of these! how cute is the gift tag that looks like notebook paper?!

    November 15, 2011 2:57 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thanks! we are a litlte obsessed with it all, too. the notebook paper tag is for sure the cutest part.

    November 16, 2011 4:52 am