Ambigram Challenge

mattmc's picture

I thought it might be fun to start an Ambigram challenge on typophile. I love designing ambigrams but often times I find myself just designing ambigrams of my own name:

Perhaps it'd be more fun to challenge each other with a word (or two words) and continue the challenge in this thread. Who's got a suggestion for the first ambigram?

The second challenge should be issued by anyone who can complete the first challenge

dtw's picture

@Matt, have you seen the revived ambigram challenge at ambigram.com?

(BTW, I think you and I are lucky in that the names "Matthew" and "Dave" can make pretty easy ambigrams.)
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mattmc's picture

I have and I did submit. Waiting to see the results of this one. Actually why I thought it'd be fun on typophile, could be a faster pace.

(by the way, dave is easily ambigrammed. I hope our parents didn't name us for that reason, but it sure doesn't hurt.)

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dtw's picture

Ah, I spotted their relaunch about one day before the submission deadline. Had a bit of a scribble but couldn't come up with anything decent in time! But I've now bookmarked it and will keep my eyes open for the next round (plus the results of this one, of course: good luck with your entry).

eliason's picture

Is there software or are there software settings that assist in creating ambigrams?

mattmc's picture

there are ambigram generators like flipscript.com and there are ambigram fonts but I think the best way is to just use a pen and a notecard, then clean it up in your vector software of choice

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nagfa's picture

Hi Matt, and Dave.

Good initiative here.

We're with it. So, how do we start? There was once a 'Typophile'/'Typography' ambigram challenge. Perhaps, we could use some other words, or maybe a theme..?

Our suggestion is - to make it open and relevant to this site - to come up with an ambigram from a type/font. John Langdon had done a 'Helvetica' ambigram, maybe we avoid that. The others are fair game..?

What's your take?

nagfa

dtw's picture

OK. Let's start with...


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nagfa's picture

That was awfully fast! Don't tell us you have a hard-drive full of ambigrams for occasions such as this..? :)

Oh, and as Robert Maitland had done a beautiful Blackletter ambigram, and Nikita had done a Bauhaus, perhaps we try to avoid those too..

nagfa

dtw's picture

Hee hee, no, honest. Well if I didn't get in first, other people's better ones might put me off trying!

nagfa's picture

Ours:

nagfa

nagfa's picture

Update: Robert Maitland had done a Trebuchet reflection, so the list adds on:

Trebuchet
Blackletter
Bauhaus
Helvetica

nagfa

eliason's picture


I don't have time to put in the work to make this better, but as long as I took it this far I might as well share it.

johnnydib's picture


This is ¬axel as in not axel.
:D
Oh btw Matt I love the ambigram on your business card. And the blackletter Matthew you started this thread with is extremely legible.

mattmc's picture

the 'm' and 'on' are a bit of stretch but how about Minion:

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mattmc's picture

Thanks a lot Johnny.
I actually just did one (not font related) suggested by Nagfa on my blog


'Murphy's Law'

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nagfa's picture

Very nice one, Matt. The angle and soft curves provide a pleasing balance.

Now, butter one side and see which side that falls on.. :)

nagfa

russellm's picture

I was thinking, "where's the symmetry in 'Russell'?" but, then I did a couple sketches and - yeah... it can be done. Time permitting.

-=®=-

dtw's picture

Same sort of quality-apology as Craig's for this one: I've just doodled this on a scrap of paper at my desk and assembled it in Paint so it ain't pretty... (Yes, I should be working, but the server with most of my work on it is down, and it's hosted from an office on the opposite side of the Atlantic, so it might be a while...)


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Burn's picture

hi everyone,
i'm an ambigram-freak from germany and i here is my submission for the font 'fertigo'. I needed some time for the 'fe'-'go'-transition but finally i'm happy with it.

Fertigo is a free font by exljbris Font Foundry and could be downloaded right here:
http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/fertigo.html

kingdom_graphics's picture

i call this one 'reverse the cat' - meow ...

In the spirit of unbridled creativity,

Troy Vera
Kingdom Graphics
http://www.kingdomgraphics.biz
Yahoo IM: kingdom_graphics
Skype: kingdom_graphics

dtw's picture

Here's another quick font-name pencil sketch:


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Theunis de Jong's picture

Whew. Isn't this one of those things that look easier than they are :-) Going over my favourite fonts, I came up with an idea:

The uncomparable Zapfino. Hope it's not unreadable as well.

dtw's picture

Now I considered trying Zapfino but gave up before even starting. You're a braver man than I for that!
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Bendy's picture

I'm *very* impressed with these last two. Good work :)

nagfa's picture

I am seeing commendable designs here..

@Kingdom_graphics: That cat: ouch!

@dtw: hitting the ground running, mate. looking forward to more.. MonotypeCorsiva perhaps..?

@Matt: Nice thread this is turning out to be, at least one of the most fun I've seen..

how about this challenge: try a 'Jack The Ripper' ambigram..? Two had been spotted (nagfa's & NastyBasty's). Refrain from peeking, yeah..

nagfa

dtw's picture

Speed over finesse, from me again, I'm afraid. Anyhow, I should be working. :-D


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nagfa's picture

@dtw: ^ sheer simplicity. That works, I have to hand it to you..

nagfa

eliason's picture


Legible?

mattmc's picture

Elliason,
The sans serif one is great!

the other one, I'm not sure... Tar? but then again, not sure why there's no crossbar on the A, so maybe not..

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mattmc's picture

not related to a font, but my attempt to design the world's smallest ambigram:

tiny. only 38 pixels, fits in a favicon

edit: just realized it functions even better in just a 16x8 rectangle:

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eliason's picture


This one's 14 across, but maybe not as legible as yours. (It uses some gray dots)

p.s. mine above is supposed to be "TNR" (Times New Roman).

dtw's picture

Well a challenge's a challenge, and trite though it may be, I'm not sure it'll be easy to "dip" below 7 × 4...!

dtw's picture

Um, bringing the threads together – font name "Belwe" at 19 × 5, anyone?


(I'll stop now...) LOL

mattmc's picture

haha, maybe the new challenge should be smallest legible ambigram, 4 letters or more ,and you can't use the same word as the previous ambigram?

we could end up with a "no/on" ambigram


or variations on 'dip'

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eliason's picture

I don't want to


my own horn, but 11x3 is pretty small!

dtw's picture

Hee hee. Classy.

miha's picture

all i can say is


_
but it's only 3 letters, so it doesn't count :-D

miha's picture

I shamelessly took Theunis’ Zapfino ambigram and remade it in small size:


It's not finished, but since I got so far…

Matt – be careful with your "the world’s smallest ambigram" claim: I know someone with the ability to write thousands of irrelevant words! :-P

mattmc's picture

Miha - I issued the challenge this morning and I think I've already been beat. I may have just created one of the world's smallest ambigrams.

Nice job on the Zapfino remake. Am I seeing some subpixel rendering there?

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miha's picture

Well, your second "tiny" ambigram is still very cool anyway!

There are some subpixel, so this may not be an ambigram in a strict sense. Rotated looks a little worse because of "wrong" colors:

aluminum's picture

This is something I've been playing with off and on. It's my two kids names. I might finish it someday. Maybe.

dtw's picture

While Craig's tooting his horn perhaps some string accompaniment on the...


(legible?)

Here's a separate idea: you know how packaging boxes often have "This way up" printed on them? I thought it'd be a good gag to have that as a rotational ambigram. From initial sketches I can see a fairly easy mapping of "Th -> up" (in a cursive script style) but the "isway" bit is proving stubborn. Any takers?

Theunis de Jong's picture

Logically, you wouldn't want to rotate "This way up" to the same sentence :-)
How about something else: "wrong way up" for the wrong way up?

dtw's picture

That's why I thought it'd be a good gag. ;-D

Theunis de Jong's picture

D'oh! Of course.

Alas, someone beat you to it.

dtw's picture

Ah, and on DA as well. No new ideas under the sun, huh?

Theunis de Jong's picture

Oh well. This can't be original either:

but it was fun, as it turned out (pun!) to be quite easy. In Myriad, of course, as I was thinking about how that would work out -- can't get a grip on that one!

dtw's picture

Yeah, Myriad's a toughie. This is about the best I can manage. Excuse the REALLY wobbly contours: I'm at work and was drawing this with MS Word's bezier curve editing tools, which aren't the best but are all I've got right now! (Bet some folks didn't even know it had any!)


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