Ambigram tournament 2 results!

Another successful ambigram tournament is now over, and I’ve received a lot of of quality entries! As with last time, I was impressed with the ambition and talent demonstrated by the ambigram community, but this time there will be 3 people walking off with certificates!

Sheldon Vasileios Stergioudis

Sheldon Leonard big bang theory ambigram Vasileios Stergioudis
Leonard/Sheldon by Vasileios Stergioudis

The gold certificate will go to Vasileios Stergioudis for his Leonard/Sheldon ambigram as shown above. If you did not know, these are characters from the TV show Big Bang Theory. There’s just so many weird things going on here – the D in Sheldon is a brave move and it pays off, as does the D in Leonard. The ambigram could have been a lot easier if it mixed capital with lower-case letters, but Vasileios made the choice to stick with correct grammar, and I appreciate it. The R in Leonard is also very tidy, and altogether this design has a perfectly clean look – well done!


Ronnie ambigram by Alicia Newport
Ronnie/Ronnie by Alicia Newport

The silver certificate will go to Alicia’s design representing the two Ronnies. It is simply an ambigram of the name Ronnie (very witty), but with the distinct and iconic glasses as decoration. As with the previous design, it includes solutions I have never seen before, namely the RO/E. The stencil effect in the N’s really helps the E look like one letter as opposed to being two letters stacked vertically – as it essentially is. If only this were easier to read, it would be higher up. You will receive the silver certificate in the post!


Dick and Dom ambigram Ellie Fisher
Dick/Dom by Ellie Fisher

The bronze certificate goes to the Dick and Dom design by Ellie Fisher. I love this one – the K/D is something I have never seen before, and there’s no chance it could work in any style other than the anarchic mess shown here. But I appreciate the creativity. You should note the pattern of winning designs demonstrating solutions I haven’t seen before – if you want a better chance of winning, do something new!

The wall paint effect is nice – great photoshop skills there. Dick and Dom made my childhood a lot of fun – as with the last one,  if it were only a little easier to read, this would have come first!

Another interesting thing I noticed about this design – due to the nature of shadows, the top image reading ‘Dick’ appears to have bumps protruding from the wall, whereas the bottom one appears to have indents leaving little holes in the wall. Interesting!

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

Cheech and Chong ambigram Damian Lakey
Cheech and Chong by Damian Lakey

Cheech and Chong are a classic duo – if anybody hasn’t seen their first film Up in Smoke, it is a truly inspirational piece of intellectual cinema. It will leave you pondering the values of life for weeks – but you have to watch it in the right mindset. The smoke here is a nice addition, and I like what you did with the C/G. Neat!

Barnum Bailey ambigram by Dan Adona Jr
Barnum and Bailey by Dan Adona Jr

The first chain design this website has seen. I must admit I had to look up who Barnum and Bailey were (they were a circus duo), but since finding out, I can say that the style of this design really fits. I can imagine it on the side of a circus tent – good work!

Tintin Milou tesselation Alain Nicolas
Tintin/Milou by Alain Nicolas

A design from last month’s winner! Tesselations really impress me. When I was a child, Escher was my favourite artist, but I’ve never actually been able to make a tesselated word myself. Tintin and Milou (English readers will know them as Tintin and Snowy) are a human/dog duo from a Belgian comic book series. If he hasn’t already, I think Alain should consider designing a range of creative wallpaper!

Kanye Yeezy West & Kim Kardashian ambigram by Damian Lakey
Kanye “Yeezy” West & Kim Kardashian by Damian Lakey

The most ambitious design on this list – I’m quite impressed at how Damian managed to squeeze ‘Yeezy’ into the design. However, I must say that the Z in Yeezy is very difficult to recognise. I think Kanye would love to see this – if anybody has his personal email address, please send it over!

Ebony Ivory ambigram by Dan Adona Jr
Ebony/Ivory by Dan Adona Jr

This one is very clever. I love the ‘And’ filling in the negative space of the O. My only issue here is the B/V which I can only imagine caused Dan a lot of stress. I’ve never successfully created an ambigram using negative space, so I can appreciate the difficulty involved.

Thank you everybody who contributed in the second ambigram competition on this website. I will be announcing another one in the next week or so, so make sure you subscribe to updates to be notified.

If you have any great ideas for potential themes, send me an email at!

Yours sincerelery




One thought on “Ambigram tournament 2 results!

  1. Vasileios Stergioudis March 3, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Wow! It’s great when you see new design solutions for special letters inversions. It’s also great when you come first, even though I think we all draw just to participate and not to win. Nevertheless, thanks a lot for your kind words!

    I shall mention that I also see some submissions that use glyphs never seen before, such as K-D by Ellie, RO-E by Alicia and B-M by Dan Adona Jr. A huge applause for Damian for cominh up with an ambigram of 28 letters!

    Congratulations to everybody for participating.

    Thanks a lot again,


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