Hello everybody – it seems this theme has sparked a lot of inspiration, with many wonderful entries!
And the winner is:
Up/dn by Jennifer Lynch. I know it is small, and I know it is simple, but in my opinion it is the most functional one! Here, you can see it being used as the upvote/downvote symbols on the ambigram subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ambigrams/
This one was my favourite entry! However I could not select it as a winner because the fact it is an ambigram adds nothing to the design functionally. The sign is stuck to the fencing, and there is no reason to turn it upside down. However, it is very pretty, so I decided to mention it!
This one is very functional – often there is one button for both play and pause, and with this ambigram, there need only be one word to show both functions!
it reminds me of the famous ambigram doormat, but with a more polite sentiment!
Another brilliant idea! A sign to help hotel staff know which rooms need to be cleaned.
If you are prone to grumpiness at work, perhaps this sign would help your co-workers know how approachable you are feeling without having to talk to you.
Do you have intimacy issues and need a nonverbal way to communicate to your lover that you are in the mood for sex? Look no further!! Bonus points for the upside down heart 😉
This is a nice functional ambigram. It is to indicate whether or not the dog needs feeding – I like how the expression on the dog turns from grumpy to satisfied!
A nice idea for toilet signage – I can imagine the lock mechanism rotating and updating the message!
This is a nice idea, but I can see how some unscrupulous students might abuse the ambiguity of the stamp to show their parents how they pass every test!
The same solution as the winning entry! Unfortunately this one doesn’t win because of context – an up/dn button on an ambigram website is more functional than an up/dn button on a lift, because it also has the function of providing context of the website.
Come in, dolls shop open / Sorry, dolls shop closed. Unfortunately, it took me a long time to read the word ‘Sorry’. But the lettering is beautiful!
Imagine this design on a set of glass doors – on one side you would know to push, and on the other you would know to pull!
And there we have it! Thank you for all your submissions, and I hope you enjoyed looking at everyone else’s.