We’re always on the hunt for bold, beautiful ampersands (‘&’) to add stylish flair to otherwise dull conjunctions.

Read on to discover our selection of the best free and classic typefaces whose ampersands are the star of the show…


1. Classic Italic Ampersands 


Looking for elegance, formality and a touch of romance? These ampersands are classically beautiful, and will look fantastic adorning wedding invites, book covers or business cards (the InDesignSkills team’s personal favorite is the Fournier Italic ampersand)…

Adobe Caslon Pro Italic ampersand:

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IM FELL French Canon PRO Italic ampersand (FREE):

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Goudy Modern MT Std Italic ampersand:

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Top pick – Fournier MT Italic ampersand:

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2. Modern Sans Serif Ampersands


On the hunt for something a bit different—more clean, more contemporary? These sans serif ampersands might cut the mustard.

Note of caution: when using a contemporary-style ampersand, make sure that the glyph is still instantly recognizable as such—when a typeface tries to be different it can look too abstract for some purposes.

Lane Narrow ampersand (FREE):

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Top pick – Museo Sans Rounded ampersand:

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Sofia Pro Light ampersand (FREE):

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Nikaia ampersand (FREE):

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Molot ampersand (FREE):

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3. Traditional Ampersands


Sometimes you just need an ampersand that looks traditional, respectable and sturdy—these guys do just that. If you want something that will be universally recognized and suit all manner of purposes, take one of these for a spin…

Baskerville ampersand:

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Alegreya ampersand (FREE):

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Top pick – Sorts Mill Goudy ampersand (FREE):

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Adobe Garamond Pro ampersand:

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 4. Script Ampersands


For an ultra-romantic style, look to flowing script typefaces for some of the most beautiful, French-inspired ampersands (our top pick is the Kuenstler Script ampersand)…

Linotype Zapfino ampersand:

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Mutlu ampersand (FREE):

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Great Vibes ampersand (FREE):

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Top pick – Kuenstler Script ampersand:

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Looking for more typographic inspiration? Check out our pick of the best fonts for magazines and books. Or delve into our Inspiration page to discover lightbulb ideas for your design projects.