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For those of you that have read Dan Brown's first book "Angels & Demons" it should come as no shock to you that my favorite part of the book had nothing to do with the plot (eeek! Race around for clues for a reveal that is...kinda...dumb) but instead the fascinating ambigrams created by John Langdon. He's done some terrific stuff and since I read Angels and Demons I've spent too much time in droning meetings trying to create some ambigrams of my own.

I went to his site the other day and he has been working on a new type of ambigram...something he calls Totemic Ambigrams... rather than trying to force an ambigram out of entire word he stacks the letters for a greater chance to twin the letters. It's a neat effect and I've been doing some idle ambigramic doodling with people's names.

This isn't really a regular ambigram OR a totem ambigram. It IS twinned but you can't read it equally upside down. The letters are just side by side and not stacked. Have to rework this one.

This is more totemic...see how the SUZ is stacked upon the ANNE?
I've also doodled out a "WYCKHURST" but it needs much work before I'll post it. I should try to totem out her kids names as well.

This one was almost too easy.
I'm going to give myself more of a challenge and try to do a full "JEANETTE." Actaully the ETTE should twin fairly easy... just need to figure out how to twin and stack the JEAN part.

I'm not happy with this one at all...I'm going to rework it quite a bit methinks. I think I should also talk to Brent about totemic ambigrams...I bet people would really go for them as tattoos... their name or their loved one's name... or both as a somewhat abstract design? Pretty neat.

Again...this one was pretty easy. I should try to do a full "LAWRENCE" as a totem. That will be more of a challenge since there isn't anything too obviously twinning in his name.


I'm going to keep playing with this...obviously these are really rough but they're really fun visual puzzles to work out. How do you mirror letters and create an image out of words that is asthetically pleasing and yet oddly functional? Talk about typography!

What do you think sirs?


May. 24th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Did you finish it then? I'll have to take a look at them and run them through fontographer and see if we can make an actual font of them. You should look at Langdon's site and check out the font he worked out called "Flexion" Pretty interesting.

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