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How is your week going? There was a major heatwave last week in NYC. The whole week was so hot and humid! I had to buy two standing fans because I have no AC. I hope you are staying cool wherever you are.
Stay hydrated! 🥤 and Happy Pride 🌈 !
Theme: Micro. This week, we look at everything small.
Fonts: Saintjean, a font with only ampersands and lots of them!
Design idea: The Object Poster
Color Inspiration: The Colors of Legos
image: sample of Saintjean
This week, we focus on micro-scale things by tackling a single character: ampersand. What I am about to tell you next might make a good story for your next dinner party.
The ampersand symbol had been spotted first as anonymous graffiti in the ancient ruins of Pompeii. While the exact date of the sighting is unknown, we know the symbol’s appearance was a ligature, a character created from two or more letters joined together. In this case, it was “e” and “t” from the Latin word, “et”, meaning “and.” The appearance of “&” has not changed much since then.
image: graphic explaining how “&” come to be; source: Wikipedia
Today’s font, Saintjean, is unique because it is a font with only ampersands and, lots of them. It contains no other letters or characters.
That’s right. Any letters you press on your keyboard, you will get a different ampersand. Each ampersand is in a different style, so you can easily find one that matches the specific style you are looking for.
image: each letter is a different ampersand in Saintjean
image: all the ampersands in the font, including letters, punctuation, numbers, and other characters
Creative hacks. Saintjean gives you more options when it comes to using ampersand. If you create a landing page or a logo with an ampersand, using a decorative, eye-catching ampersand can be a good tactic to get more attention. Also, if the ampersand in your current font is not to your liking, Saintjean is extremely handy. It offers you a fantastic little catalog of the ampersand to choose from. You can pick your unique toppings.
Here are some of my favorites from this collection. I also paired them with specific fonts to give you an idea of what you can do with them.
image: left — Oregano with original ampersand; right — with a different ampersand from Saintjean
image: This one I especially love (lowercase h ampersand). It’s a little illustration of an ampersand king giving away an ampersand, paired with the font Nunito
Features over 250 functional and decorative ampersands. Each ampersand is unique and accessible by typing different letters.
Each ampersand is fun and communicates something different. Some are more illustrative and fun, some are more calligraphic and warm, and some are more suited for editorial. If you are choosing ampersands for your logo, you can either pick one that completely blends in or stands out. To blend in, you might want to choose a “&” that matches the thickness and contrast of your logo font so that things look balanced and consistent.
image: one last example of the original ampersand being swapped out to a Saintjean ampersand. Left — original; right — the Saintjean ampersand blends in because the strokes are consistent with the original font.
In a visual like social posts, playing with the scale of the ampersand can create the graphic punch. It adds extra flairs that attract attention to your message. Lastly, if you choose an illustrative ampersand, make sure it works on a smaller scale.
image: if there is too much detail, the logo could break down
Do you need a simple trick that makes any visual look good? The object poster might be it. Sachplakat2, or the object poster, was an idea that originated from Germany and became super popular in the design and advertising world in the early 20th Century. This type of poster, often featuring one central subject, uses scale to create drama, tension, and emphasis. The subject can be placed diagonally in the center to keep the graphic interesting, help guide the viewer’s eyes across the graphic.
Can your next marketing piece incorporate this idea?
image: object poster examples
Continuing the theme of micro, we look at lego bricks this week. In this handy guide, the color palette of lego’s brick collection is organized based on rarity. If you love data and want to learn more about the specifics of lego colors, check out this fabulous article about the colors of lego bricks.
image: color palette of Lego’s brick collection; source: brickarchitect
Can you create a visual for Twitter or Instagram using Saintjean, poster object technique, or the color palette we featured today?
…for reading and hanging out here this week! Saintjean is available here.
image: Saintjean infographic
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