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Sarah Barton

graphic designer/type lover

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Ampersand Challenge

I learned a lot of great tips in this course, and I'm glad we had the opportunity to put those things to use in this project.

I started by researching different types of ampersands. I like to draw straight from reference so I can get a feel for what I'm about to create. (Meaning: I am not claiming that the doodles below are my own original designs.) The website www.ampersandampersand.tumblr.com was great inspiration for this project!

I let this inspiration float around in my head for a while. I then started to create my own version of an ampersand.

I really liked the idea of having the ball terminals fit together in a yin yang type of circle. You can see where I finally got the design nailed down by following the arrows. I'm really excited about it because I haven't seen another ampersand quite like it.

After that, I recreated my design on the computer. (Sorry for taking a picture of my monitor...I forgot to keep track of my progress and this is the only evidence of my digital process that I have!)

After some tweaking, it was time to figure out the embellishments. I wanted to be sure to include my two favorite tips from this course:

  1. Creating a script stroke: Make a copy of the line, join two endpoints, and only move part of one line.
  2. The "lines" shadow: Use the stroke tool to created a dotted line. (MUCH better than copying and pasting all of those lines...easier to edit the look of it too.)

I wanted to include embellishment, but not so much that it interfered with the design of the character. I'm so happy with how this turned out.

Thanks for all of the knowledge Spencer!

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