Ambigram tournament 1 results!

Being the first competition on this website, I was very excited to see the community submitting such quality works of art!

Choosing the winner was difficult, and I based my decision on legibility, creativity, and aesthetics. Maybe if somebody else was the judge, another entry would have won – how can I know, they were all so great!

Infinity tessellating design by Alain Nicolas
“Infinity” tessellating design by Alain Nicolas

Here is the winning design – congratulations to Alain Nicolas! You will receive your certificate in the post 🙂

What I love most about this design is the consistency – there are 3 I’s in infinity, and in this design, they all have the same shape. Similarly, there are 2 N’s, and both of those also have the same shape. I also love how colour was used to show the start of each word, and the chain design is genius. I don’t know what software was used to make this, but I have no idea how the spiral effect was achieved, with the text itself zooming off into the infinity of the starry background. I would love to have this framed above the fireplace!

And now – in no particular order – I will list the other entries:

Stellarum Ordo Solaris ambigram by Daniel Dostal
Stellarum Ordo Solaris by Daniel Dostal

Stellarum ordo Solaris is the Latin name for our solar system. As usual, Daniel Dostal came out with something incredible. The flourishes are beautiful, and I love how they incorporate a little diagram of spinning planets in the middle. I love how the first S is written with a double stroke in an attempt to mirror the other S in the S/M solution. I love Daniel’s trademark almost etched-like style, and it really pains me to not be sending him the certificate instead. For me, the biggest issue in legibility is the A in Stellarum. I appreciate it must have been a difficult solution, but I find it hard to see the thin stroke on the right as part of the same letter. Aside from that, this is a truly beautiful work of art.

Sputnik ambigram by Daniel Dostal
Sputnik by Daniel Dostal

The second design by Daniel Dostal is a lot simpler. Sputnik is the name of the first artificial satellite. The U is done very tastefully – even though it is broken at the bottom it is still legible. The little flying orb dotting the I is a nice touch, and the block colours and the block colours and curves give it a 50’s feel – I can almost imagine this being printed on the side of the satellite itself!

Venus ambigram by Ruben Tinoco
Venus by Ruben Tinoco

This chain ambigram is full of great ideas. The V is quite straightforward, but I love every other glyph – the E/S and U/N approaches are genius!

Moon ambigram by Eric Harshbarger
Moon by Eric Harshbarger

I really like the concept of this one – every ambigram designer knows that the O/O solution is the most beautiful ones to come up. Just draw a circle, and you’re dandy! Here however, the two O’s become reflecting crescent moons – sweet.

Heaven/New Earth ambigram by Beth Gully
Heaven/New Earth by Beth Gully

The only entry in this competition which reads something different each way. I like the subtle squiggles above (and below) the text. When reading Heaven, the squiggles seem to represents clouds above our heads. When reading New Earth, the squiggles seem to represent the outline of continents.

Lightyear ambigram by Dan Marsh
Lightyear by Dan Marsh

I’ve never seen this G/A solution before – very nice. The little star which dots the eye is a cute idea too.

The rest of the entries have all been submitted by Ryan McCourt, who decided to get busy working on quite a few designs!

My favourite design here is the one which reads ‘Star’. The letters follow a similar shape to those in the star wars logo with the fat lines and ST ligature, and the star shape hidden in the negative space in the A is great. Added to the fact it makes a very legible symmetrical ambigram, it is a great sumbission!

The ‘Suns’ design is a bit cheeky.

Thank you to everybody who entered, the next tournament will start in a few days (so please don’t forget to come back and check), and again, you will be given a month to enter. Since there were so many entries this time, next time there will be 3 winners – gold, silver and bronze. And why not – I’ll draw the certificates up in metallic inks so they look swanky.

Yours sincerelery



6 thoughts on “Ambigram tournament 1 results!

  1. Daniel Dostal January 17, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Congratulations Alain and you Kai for revival of the great idea of ambigram tournaments!


    • Kai January 19, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Congratulations to you on your great entry – the tournament would not work if it were not for the community taking part!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Beth Gully January 18, 2016 / 1:20 am

    I agree. How fun and great to see so many different ‘takes’ on the same theme! Thanks for the competition!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kai January 19, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Thank you for taking part – I hope to see an entry of yours in the next one!


  3. MC January 20, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Daniel Dostal crushes it, once again… well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Rebecca Arthur June 11, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    I enjoyed all the work and the article. I’m a fan of letter forms! Congratulations to the winner!


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