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Notes on Design: Monograms

Notes on Design: Monograms

When it come to celebrating the union of two people, a monogram can be the cornerstone of the event’s visual language and has potential to become an enduring family icon for years to come.

Looking back at history, monograms have been an important part of many cultures. The earliest known evidence of a monogram is found on 6th century B.C. Roman coins, which were marked with the ruler’s initials to authenticate and legitimize them.

In modern times, monograms are used as a symbol of personal creative expression. As a result, popularity of monogrammed items has risen in the mass-produced commercial society where personalization has become desired.

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Creating a monogram to symbolize and couple’s commitment is a personal way to add richness to your event materials. Below are examples that showcase a range of monogram styles and concepts. Hopefully they will inspire you to create your own. If you choose to work with a designer to create a monogram for your event, here are some basic questions which might help you convey your wishes when discussing.

  • Do I want to use letters only without any ornamentation?

  • Do I want the style to be classic and traditional or minimal and modern?

  • Does it have to have an ampersand (&) or just the initials?

For more typographic and hand-lettering inspiration, check out the card gallery on Tendr.

The use of the negative space to form the ampersand makes this monogram extra special

The use of the negative space to form the ampersand makes this monogram extra special

Sometimes an ampersand is not necessary. In this example there is a sweetness in the way these two letters embrace.

Sometimes an ampersand is not necessary. In this example there is a sweetness in the way these two letters embrace.

Often ornamentation can be used to encapsulate the letters and add a little feeling

Often ornamentation can be used to encapsulate the letters and add a little feeling

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