I know I said in the last post that this competition would be judged democratically, but unfortunately, I have changed my mind! (So much for democracy.)
The reason for this is that some people gave in loads and loads of entries, as I did not advise a limit. I thought it might be a bit overwhelming to have people vote on such a large number of ambigrams!
Imagine if 5 people voted for their favourite – due to the large number of entries, we may very well have ended up with 5 votes on 5 different ambigrams, which would simply result in me having to choose the winner myself again!
HOWEVER, the idea is not dead! If I attempt a democratic tournament in the future, I will include a limit on the number of entries per person. That should fix the problem.
I hope you understand!
Before announcing the winner, since it is the Easter holiday, I thought I might draw attention to this entry:
It isn’t an ambigram, so I couldn’t allow it to win, but I love the idea and the execution!
Anyway, here is the winner I have chosen:
I love this one so much! Firstly, the invertible drawing is a nice touch. Secondly, the word choice is great – Santa being the cultural figure of Christmas, and Jesus being the spiritual figure. But most importantly, the ambigram is incredible!
Before seeing this, I would never have believed a TA/J solution was possible, let alone as effortlessly legible as this! I love how the crossbar in the T turns into the loop at the end of the J, and I love how the A is incorporated. I also love the ES/N solution – on its own, the N might be difficult to decipher, but the style of script is chosen very well, and in this loopy handwritten context it becomes clear what the letter is.
A very difficult choice of words, but executed so well that at a first glance, you might not realise it is invertible!
Here are the rest of Beth’s entries:
My second choice for winner would have been this one by Michael Irving:
Non-denominational and very easy to read. The V/EA is an elegant solution to tie the whole thing together!
Here are the rest of Michael’s entries:
The next three are Dhaval Shah’s entries:
The hidden Yin Yang made me smile 🙂
Below, are all of Otto Kronstedt’s entries. A lot of them are very hard to read, but I do appreciate the creativity. He has written a little backstory behind each one!
“This piece illustrates that we get the best peace of mind (and peace in communities) when we feel we serve in the best possible way. That is, we serve by doing something we enjoy, excel at, fulfil a community need, and get well compensated. ”
“These are the key virtues of the serenity prayer (Serenity, Courage, Wisdom), completed by my personal addition Gratitude. The three original largely offer advice on how to deal with negative things or events in life, but we must not forget to acknowledge the overwhelming good we achieve and receive on a regular basis.”
“Here are four parts or angles of self; Mind, Body, Heart, Soul. A reminder to myself not to see myself or others as anything less than all four (and more).”
“When I presented my Father, Son, Spirit 3-way ambigram, Kai suggested he could strain to see ‘God’ in the fourth direction. So I developed this idea. Thanks Kai! ;)”
“Same thing as above, except in this one I found the fourth word myself. ‘Idol’ apparently also refers to the worship of a false or insidious god or entity, a very real threat when one commits to any kind of belief.”
“Once all our internal messages have been understood and accepted by our consciousness (not necessarily obeyed, mind you), things will appear very clear indeed. This is of course way easier said than done. ”
“So when Kai mentioned the beauty of nature, I had to develop this piece; Beauty with a four-way symmetry. Work very much in progress, I’m afraid, but there is enough legibility here to convince me it can be done! …some day. :P”
Thank you very much for all your entries!