Ambigram Fever

mk2's picture

Seeing a lot of threads about ambigram lately makes me feel itch to show mine as well. So here they are, some oldies but goodies.

MAM, short for Merdeka Ataoe Mati:
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/dec08/entry02/01.swf
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/dec08/entry02/08.swf
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/dec08/entry02/10.swf

jimmy AND/OR minim:
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/dec08/entry03/01.swf

DIK, short for Design Is Kinky (a contest submission):
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/dec08/entry12/02.swf

MEW:
http://merdekaataoemati.com/works/jan09/entry04/01.swf

PS: You can zoom, rotate or mirror them if you view them on my site.

Lysyszyn's picture

Well, I don't want to be harsh but the only ambigrams here are the DIK and MEW.
Ambigrams are words that after rotating them 180 degrees look the same... None of MAM symbols does that, neither jimmy (even though I like it most).
And besides - it probably wasn't very hard to make a MEW ambigram, huh? ;)

If I'm wrong - let me know. I'm not 100% sure...
- Filip Łysyszyn

mk2's picture

Yes, indeed. MEW was easy. :D

And, yes, I'm affraid you are wrong. because actually there are many types of ambigrams:
- MAM is a 'mirror-image' ambigram.
- jimmy/minim is a 'mirror-image', 'rotational', 'symbiotogram' and 'natural' ambigram.

Lysyszyn's picture

Damn. Every day (or night in this case) is a school day:)
Thanks for explaining!
- Filip Łysyszyn

mk2's picture

You're welcome. Good luck with your home-schooling. :D

dtw's picture

Well, if people are showing their ambigrams, here are a few I have on DeviantArt...
valentine
charlotte
Beijing Olympics

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mk2's picture

"beijing" is elegant!

CreativeNRG's picture

If you're going to talk ambigrams you have to reference the master 'John Langdon' who is credited with inventing them. His site is a great resource of great examples.

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"In the early 70s, trying to do with words what Dali and Escher did with images, I invented (or discovered) what came to be known as "ambigrams." In 1980, I discovered that Scott Kim had invented them, too, almost at the same time."
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John Langdon Website

CreativeNRG's picture

Trying to design an ambigram is a great mental exercise and I'd recommend it to every designer looking for a new challenge in creative thinking. Below are a pair of options I did for a friend who was looking for a tattoo idea.

dtw's picture

Yeah, I've got his Wordplay book. one of Langdon's students, Dave Bailey, posts on here from time to time.

"Magli", right? Yeah, that's working & has potential.

(I tend to work on ’em just far enough to see that they're working, but then am too lazy to finesse ’em into something beautiful...)
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mattmc's picture

I too have ambigram fever
Here are a couple of my own


'matt'

'give/take'

i designed this one for a friend's band called 'antilove'

'shape'

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Chris Dean's picture

A thread I started to help clarify ambigrams, palindromes, semordnilaps and pangrams.

@mattmc: Re your give-take piece, I believe you successfully created a hybrid ambigram/semordnilaps. Very impressive.

mk2's picture

@Christopher Dean:
Look what Mr. Paul D. Hunt did. :D

Chris Dean's picture

Yes, I recently noticed this too. But as far as a wiki goes, I actually don't know how to search through it. Am I missing something?

mk2's picture

No, you're not. But I've added it to the Typowiki's list of terminologies now.

Tao4Now's picture

I've tried my hand at a few of these. Here's my best one.

mk2's picture

Great! It's Equinox, right?

Tao4Now's picture

Right you are. It seemed like the kind of word that would lend itself well to an ambigram. I developed it for my publishing company back in the day.

mattmc's picture

2 more ambigrams I designed recently

'elite'

'better/worse'

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Chris Dean's picture

What does the bottom one say?

mattmc's picture

Better/Worse

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evanbrog's picture

mattmc

"shape" reads to me as "shade." looks like a lowercase h and d

ShAdE

mattmc's picture

I went through a lot of variations with the SHAPE ambigram. there were comprises made (which is kind of the art of ambigram design) but I do think the one posted is the best version of it

adding another stroke to pull the P together looks like:

kind of like 'S4APE'

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Nick A's picture

My fav has to be http://www.blacklist.tv/

Joshua Langman's picture

Very lucky to have ambigrammatic initials.
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Chris Dean's picture

Even my name works. I’m totally tripping balls.

Joshua Langman's picture

Cheater!

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