What is Ampersand all about?

For those that don’t know, Ampersand is an inspiring and affordable one-day web typography conference, bringing together leading thinkers and designers from the worlds of type and web design.

My love of typography led me to create the first Ampersand conference in 2011, held near Clearleft’s studio in Brighton. With webfonts having just been unleashed on the world, I wanted to put type designers and web designers on the same stage - something that had never been done before. It was clear other people shared my passion, because that first conference sold out, after which we ran the event every few years, including a stand-out year on the road, where we bought Ampersand to the Times Center in New York City!

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AMPERSAND WILL RETURN IN JUNE 2018! (photo: Marc Thiele)

The conference always features a unique mix of voices and experts representing all aspects of typography on the web. In the past we’ve had type designers, browser makers, book designers, web developers, illustrators, visual designers, branding experts, font engineers and no fewer than three professors. Speakers have included Erik Spiekermann, Jonathan Hoefler, Jen Simmons, Mark Bolton and Jenn Lukas to name but a few.

Like the audience, all our speakers share a love of type and enjoy nothing more than getting into the nitty gritty, so get ready to geek out, folks!

Why bring it back?

We’ve taken a little break since 2015, mostly so I could write my book Web Typography. Lots has happened in the world of web typography since then, not least the arrival of variable fonts, which I’m sure will make an appearance in some of the talks this year. Funnily enough, the new Ampersand website showcases some variable fonts in action, so go take a look...

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Friday 29th June 2018, 10am - 5pm


Ampersand will be taking place at the beautiful and historic Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton - it’s one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, and we’ll be rolling out the red carpet to celebrate all things Ampersand...

The Duke of York’s Picturehouse


“When will tickets go on sale?!” I hear you cry. Well, today we’ve released 10 Super Early Bird tickets, saving you £85 off the full ticket price, so the keen amongst you can snap up a bargain before we announce the full schedule.

Get the latest Ampersand news

If you don’t want to miss the latest conference announcements, sign up to our mailing list (at the bottom of the Ampersand homepage) to receive ticket and schedule updates direct to your inbox. For real-time updates and web typography news, follow @ampersandconf too.

Stay tuned and we hope to see you there!


Ampersand is a Clearleft event.