A Brief History of the Ampersand


Pack : A Brief History of the Ampersand | Jan Tschichold + Et & Ampersands

Jan Tschichold (1902-1974, typographer, theorician and teacher) published in 1953 Formenwandlungen der &-Zeichen, a short historical essay dealing with the successive designs of the ampersand glyph. This text constitutes a brief and concise introduction to the history of Western writing and typography. Long unavailable in English, this new translation by Jean-Marie Clarke is published in a facsimile version, faithful to the original design by the author.

On the occasion of this translation, VTF and -zeug co-organised a type-design workshop and an international call for ampersand entries. The second booklet shelters the selection of 288 ampersand glyphs, selected, sorted and organised.

32 pages with jacket, duotone printing, 12 × 20,5 cm
48 pages, duotone printing, 12 × 20,5 cm

— image credits by Zeug: www.zeug.fr

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