Ambigram numbers part 2

You may remember that the winning entry from our previous tournament read ‘Friday the 13th.’ This reminded me of the article I had written a while ago, which featured ambigrams where numbers were used as part of their design. Here is the second part to that article!

by Bastian Pinnenberg Merry Christmas Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2010 ambigram Bastian Pinnenberg
Merry Christmas/Happy New Year 2010 by Bastian Pinnenberg www.unterart.wordpress.com

This design by Bastian Pinnenberg has many clever parts – the C/AR is quite insane, as is the 2/Y. Ambigram artists in general aren’t as used to working with numbers as they are with letters, so to create something as legible as that 2010 is quite impressive.

23 ambigram Szymon Golis
23 by Szymon Golis

Here is a design I am very impressed by. You might remember from my last post on ambigram numbers that in the past, I have attempted an ambigram which uses a 2/3 glyph like in this design above. However, mine was nowhere near as clean as this one. An ambigram is very successful if you can look at it and forget that it is the same upside down. With this design, your brain fills in the blank spaces, and the result is a very clear and legible 23 – so clear that I find it difficult to believe it is an ambigram until I physically turn it over and witness the transformation for myself. It is like being introduced to the art form for the first time again!

Clockface ambigram Mark Wallace
Clockface by Mark Wallace

This one is not so legible as the last, but I like it for the concept. If anyone reading this thinks they could do a better job at this than Mark Wallace, I would love to see your attempt.

LN7 Lucky Number Seven ambigram Ty Wilkins www.tywilkins.com
LN7 (Lucky Number Seven) by Ty Wilkins www.tywilkins.com

For the final piece, here is a very clever design by Ty Wilkins. Not only is it an ambigram, but it uses negative space to create the N in the middle. The very lucky choice of letters and numbers means that this design is also highly legible as well as being simple.

You can expect another article on numbers in ambigrams soon – I have already collected a few more designs! If you know of any others, feel free to email me at kai@ambigr.am.

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Ambigram tournament 3 results

This tournament was slightly harder than the last two, as it required the ambigram to be deigned in a pre-determined style. If you have designed ambigrams before, you will know that this is not always easy – the manipulations required to make a certain ambigram work often dictate the styles it can be written in.

Nonetheless, I was still very impressed with the entries! First place goes to Damian Lakey for his version of Friday the 13th:

Friady the 13th ambigram by Damian Lakey
Friday the 13th by Damian Lakey www.goodandeviltwins.com

It’s just so easy to read! The h/y and a/e are a blessing wherever they occur, and the 13/d turned out really well. I also love the use of the border as part of the solution.

Damian actually submitted a total of 11 entries to this tournament! His other brilliant designs are listed below – just click on a thumbnail to view the image larger:

In no particular order, here are the other entries which I received:

Alien ambigram by Dan Page
Alien by Dan Page

Being my favourite horror film, I was very happy to see this design come up. I recognise with this style of text, because the letters are so narrow and spaced out, it is only possible to use 1:1 letter ratios. Dan was lucky that it kinda worked out in this case.

Harry Potter ambigram by Tom Goulet
Harry Potter by Tom Goulet www.tomgoulet.com

The Harry Potter logo uses such a distinctive style that it is very instantly recognisable, and this helps a lot with the readability of any Harry Potter ambigram I have seen. This is lucky, seeing as it contains very awkward letters!

Grand Theft Auto ambigram by Ellie Fisher
Grand Theft Auto by Ellie Fisher

There are a lot of funky things happening here and I appreciate them all! I notice that the T in Auto is exactly the same as the T in the original logo – no modifications needed to create the T/A solution. I also like how the final T in Theft revolves to create not only the G in Grand, but the first T in Theft – killing two birds with one stone!

Lost ambigram by Dan Adona Jr
Lost by Dan Adona Jr www.imagefoundry.wordpress.com

This is a very brave attempt for 2 reasons: the lost logo is simply written in a sans serif font, which is probably the most uncompromising style to work with. Also, O/S is a difficult letter combination at the best of times – let alone when working with such a simple style.

Xmen ambigram by Dan Adona Jr
Xmen by Dan Adona Jr www.imagefoundry.wordpress.com

X is a notoriously awkward letter to work with – unless it is paired up with another X. I appreciate Dan’s solution here – making things easier to handle with the X symmetrical in the background! Very nicely done.

All in all, another very successful tournament! Congratulations to Damian Lakey – you will be receiving your certificate in the post. Feel free to subscribe to posts if you want to be notified of the next tournament!

Yours sincerelery

Kai