Mechanics/Paradise Design

wywen's picture

Hello, I'm currently a physics student in my college, and I'm getting this design done for a college event. It's an ambigram that reads mechanics on one side and paradise the other way.

I'm wondering how the design stands typographically (I'm a complete amateur to typography), and would definitely welcome all comments/suggestions, especially if it would enhance legibility.


For convenience, the design maps this way:
'm' on 'dise'
'e' on 'a'
'ch' on 'r'
'a' on 'a'
'nics' on 'p'

timd's picture

I think your design would be helped by making a consistent x-height, using a kind of blackletter style with thick and thin strokes and reduce the swashes to the minimum needed. You have a difficult task making the m from 4 letters it leaves p with too much work, try to develop the m from se.

wywen's picture

I'm not too crazy about the swashes myself, so I'm trying to get rid of as many swashes as possible. They were supposedly there to compensate for a very inconsistent baseline.

I've tweaked the design some more, reduced the swashes, with what I hope is a much more consistent x-height, and now it looks like this:second design

It seems better to me now, though "paradise" still leaves much to be desired.

I think it's an improvement, anyhow. I'll see how it turns out with a different type of blackletter, but that'll take some time, as I'm pretty clumsy with manipulating bezier curves.

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