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Design Focus: Ampersands

A short list of websites where the & symbol is the star. Grab some inspiration from everyone’s favorite typographic mark.

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Art, Copy & Code

Art, Copy & Code

If you’re wondering why the color scheme looks familiar to you, that’s because it’s actually from the ubiquitous Google. Aside from being section markers on the side, even the icons carry the trademark four colors as accents. The interactions combine both vertical and horizontal uncovering effects—the former for scrolling and the latter for page-hopping.

Ampersand Commerce

Ampersand Commerce

This design speaks in black, white, and red, on top of bold slab fonts and icons in circular frames.

Ampersand Conference 2013

Ampersand Conference 2013

I see design elements that look familiar and made new again: gradients, repeating backgrounds, ribbons, translucent layers. All with a responsive touch.

Ampersand LLC

Ampersand LLC

This one’s more of the homey, personal, crafty style—highlighted by lighter text colors and elegant patterns and swashes. The ampersand on each post heading falls right into place.

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“Cutting too many UI elements may complicate the problem and not be the right solution, but designing the most minimal solution will show you new methods you wouldn’t have thought possible before.”

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“With a crowd-sourced data-set, the ultimate goal is to answer questions like: What is the most common colour/s or hue/s on the web? Do certain industries prefer certain colours over others? What colours are generally found together?”


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