The ampersand is one of the most unique typographical characters out there. Typography designers can exercise a lot more artistic freedom in the design of the ampersand, ranging from very traditional representations to those that bear little resemblance to the original form.
The ampersand has a long and rather interesting history. And with all the variations available out there, there are a whole host of design possibilities presented by this particular character. Read about the history of the ampersand, and see a gallery of ampersand designs from a variety of different typefaces.