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Category Archives: typography

featured in Spaces Magazine 12.11.2013

We are BEYOND thrilled to see our Melamine Ampersand Pattern Platter show up in one of our absolute FAVORITE magazines!!! Spaces Kansas City always highlights the best of the best in Kansas City and beyond! The photography is beautiful, the writing is fascinating, the trend predictions are right on target and we always get to learn more about the interesting people that make up our fine little city! Thank you so much for including us in your “Seeing Things in Black & White” round-up! We LOVE it all!

(Grab a platter for yourself here)

a fashion-loving graphic designer’s dream 08.12.2013

For two graphic designers (who met in Typography class), that happen to love fashion as well, this little team-up couldn’t be any more exciting for us. UNIQLO and House Industries have partnered together to make some pretty eye-catching, typographic fashion statements! Check it out here!

8 Days a Week Fabric collection sneak peak 07.19.2013

Ahh! We’re so excited to give you a little sneak peak of our second fabric collection, called 8 Days a Week, with Windham Fabrics! We just received a glorious fedex envelope filled with what are called “strike-offs” or proofs of our patterns on actual fabric! This is such a fun part of the process. We love seeing the designs come to life with paint and paper and then on the computer, but nothing compares to the excitement of seeing them on actual fabric! This is our chance to check the color and make sure everything looks good to go for printing bolts and bolts of it at the mill! We even get to see our logo on the selvedge (the extra double-bonus fun part). It never gets old! The days of hard work pulling a collection together really feel worth it on these mail days! We can’t wait to share more pictures with you of the group. We hope you’re starting to think of fun projects you might be able to create with our days of the week, months, dots, stripes and numbers. We sure are! Time to dust off the sewing machines!

  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Beautiful! Congrats Morgan & Carrie.

    July 21, 2013 7:21 pm
  2. The Office Stylist

    The fabrics are fab!

    –Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    July 22, 2013 9:44 pm
  3. Richele

    Oooh how fun! Looks so great! I cannot wait to see more pictures :)

    July 23, 2013 5:55 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you all so much :)!!!! We can’t wait for these to hit stores!

    July 25, 2013 3:52 am

Playing with Type book 03.20.2013

Look mom, we’ve been published!!!!!

Our set of ampersand prints have been featured in the book, Playing with Type by Lara McCormick!!! Ahhhhh. We were literally squealing when we got this in the mail!! We’re honored to be a part of a such a cool book and highly recommend you guys all check it out! Here’s a little description from Rockport Publishing:

Playing with Type is a hands-on, playful approach to learning type application and principles. This engaging guide begins with an introduction to the philosophy of learning through the process of play. Along with a series of experimental design projects with an emphasis on type, the author provides designers with a “toolkit” of ideas and skills developed through the process of play. The awareness and sensitivity to type styles, forms, and type choices gained through these visual experiments will increase the designer’s confidence in their personal and professional work. This book can be used in the classroom or independently, and readers can go directly to exercises that appeal to them.”

Pick up a copy and look for us on pg. 31!

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introducing our new iphone cases 02.22.2013

Happy Friday to all of you! We always love Fridays, but today is extra-exciting because we are finally getting to share our brand new line of iphone cases with our beloved readers!! We’ve had the best time designing each and every one of these. Seriously! You might recognize some of our signature motifs or patterns, such as, eh-hem, the ampersand! So, we kept the classics but we also really wanted to have a way for you to own some of our latest pattern creations!  We are obsessed with phone cases because it’s the accessory that you always carry with you, yet, it’s such an affordable one to play around with! Don’t you agree? Even on the days when we’re wanting to wear all black, we can rely on our iphone cases for a little hit of extra fun! Don’t you agree? Well, we hope so….and, we really hope you guys are as excited about our new line as we are.  Each one of these will be sold right on our very own etsy shop! so go on….click here and pick one for yourself!

We have iPhone 4 / 4S  and iPhone 5 options and a few of these designs will have additional colorways for you to pick from!

So tell us, do you see anything you like?

Do you have a favorite? We want to know!

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  1. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Ohh my ohh my, I think I need several!!

    February 22, 2013 12:54 pm
  2. lily

    fave is the green bonjour, but any of the striped ones are up there, too!! love these.

    February 22, 2013 1:22 pm
  3. ampersand

    oh my goodness, Gaby, you are the cutest!!! We agree. Surely you need like 5 :)

    February 22, 2013 3:20 pm
  4. susan

    I want the yellow “hello” but also the “bonjour”, the polka dots and all on that row and both the stripes on the top row. Oh, I can’t make up my mind.

    February 22, 2013 3:41 pm
  5. Megan

    I love the one with the jewels! If only I had an iPhone (or you designed one for the Nexus 4!). ;-) Great work!

    February 22, 2013 3:57 pm
  6. Lindsey McClennahan

    I have a favorite it’s the bonjour one! stinking cute : )

    February 22, 2013 4:36 pm
  7. ampersand

    Thanks Lindsey…that “bonjour” one is pretty fun! nice pick :)
    We’ll be offering other color options in that one soon, too!

    February 22, 2013 7:03 pm
  8. ampersand

    lily, so glad you are as much of a stripe-lover as we are :)

    February 22, 2013 8:42 pm
  9. ampersand

    Susan, we don’t see anything wrong with ordering more than one :) SO glad you like them!

    February 22, 2013 8:42 pm
  10. ampersand

    Megan, sorry we don’t have one for the Nexus yet!

    February 22, 2013 8:45 pm
  11. ampersand

    Lindsey, we are kind of partial to the hand-lettered words, too! you need one!! :)

    February 22, 2013 8:45 pm
  12. Megan

    Oh, I love them all! The yellow hello is my favorite, but I may need to get more than one and rotate them. Great job ladies!

    February 23, 2013 3:19 am