Posted on October 22, 2014
Introducing the Andorsand; the interobang for and/or statements
Update: Andorsand enamel pins now available from DoctorPopular.com!
Sometimes I’ll go through great lengths to avoid doing my actual tasks… A couple days ago, while I was supposed to be working on maps and music projects for our SquirrelWarz game, I became obsessed with this idea that the world needs a symbol for “and/or” statements. So I made a mock up and tweeted this post:
Let me introduce the “Andorsand”. It’s the interrobang of “and/or” statements. Brilliant? pic.twitter.com/3znUkS4U2m
— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) October 17, 2014
My original idea was to take the underscore that we’d find in mathematical statements such as (to represent “greater OR equal to”) and combine it with the classic ampersand. Most of the comments, which seemed to come from developers, suggested adding a “|” (also known as a pipe, I believe).
A day later, I shared the andorsand with r/typography, and things went crazy. Many of the redditors loved the idea, but felt like the underlined ampersand looked more like an emphasized statement than what I had intended. In retrospect, they are totally right. “We should go get cookies AND booze!”.
u/VAPossum created these mock-ups using slashes or exclamation marks, which is cool to see but I think looks more like a “$” symbol than a “&”.
My favorite suggestion came from u/yourotherusername, which had a really clever idea of just adding a tiny “r” to the tail of the ampersand.
Not only would this version look great as an additional font, it’s easy to make on sites like Reddit (which uses Markdown) by using superscript… which should also be used on WordPress blogs &r other sites across the web.