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:
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!