Ampersand jam

2017-05-06 / Sebastian Morr / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 / art, logo

Development path of the three designs

TQ & Pecca made me aware of the Saint J&an event hosted by the open source foundry Velvetyne. It was both a workshop held in Paris, as well as a location-independent design event, where participants could create & submit their “contemporary ampersand” designs.

You can click on the images below to download a clean SVG of each design.


Inspired by the treble clef used in modern music notation. This one definitely took the longest & I found it rather hard to get all the curves right. A huge help was Inkscape’s “pattern along path” effect, which allowed me to vary the thickness the stroke, while being able to modify its positioning at the same time. Oh, & Spiro splines, of course. I couldn’t have done any of this without Spiro splines.


Clef voting Clef voting 2


The idea here was to create an extremely bottom-heavy shape. Already early on, I had to think of the Body Positive Movement & some variations literally depicted a huge belly. The final design stayed rather abstract, but the name still transports the idea! :)


Buddha voting Buddha voting 2


Inspired by the awareness ribbons. This was a fast one, because two thirds of the design were already given. Few design choices had to be made.


Ribbon voting


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