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

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

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

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

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



One thought on “Ambigram tournament 3 results

  1. Vasileios Stergioudis April 20, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Weel done Damian!

    Friday the 13th is a great design. I also like TheMatrix a lot.

    Tom, your design is really good. Check out Bastian Pinnenberg’s try on this:
    "Harry Potter", rotational ambigram

    Dan Page, nice design! Check another solution by Johan Skylling (a different approach to A-N):

    Ellie, Grand Theft Auto must be so difficult to work with! Great job!

    Dan Adona, Lost is simple and great design. My favourite is Xmen. Very nice idea to get rid of X (send it in the background). Good mate! This approach opens a new door to ambigram design.

    Great designs from all the people out there!

    Keep up!



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