The ampersand is your friend

By Bob Behounek

Posted on Sunday, September 26th, 2021

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A few weeks ago I heard someone on the radio say it was National Ampersand Day. Really—a special day just in honor of those unique and creative squiggles that masquerade as ampersands! A design element, if you will, designated to link two words or letters together by standing in for the word “and.”

Some sign people find the ampersand to be a little frustrating or even awkward. But I found them to be a useful design element to fill in spaces, connect letters together, emphasize the importance between two words or letters in a creative way. Ampersands became close friends of mine.

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Bob Behounek has spent over 40 years as a sign artist and pinstriper in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

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