Scott Kim’s Illusion

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Scott Kim's Illusion

In the early 1980s, ambigram master and puzzle designer Scott Kim created the following image while performing some font experiments.  He made a font in which black and white spaces were equally wide, and then had fun exploring what he could do with it. More examples of Scott Kim’s ambigrams (which he calls inversions) can […]

Joy to the World by Scott Kim

Ambigrams,Animation 24 October 2013 0 Comments

Joy to the World by Scott Kim

Scott Kim created the original ambigram (he also calls them inversions) that is featured in this animation for a family holiday card in 1985.  To create the angular letters, he cut the letter shapes out of construction paper and then traced them into his computer.  The text reads the same whether it is viewed normally […]

Shark Attack Ambigram

Ambigrams 31 July 2013 0 Comments

Shark Attack Ambigram

While browsing through Nikita Prokhorov’s recent book Ambigrams Revealed for the third time, one of the featured ambigram designs really stood out to me.  This design by Mark Palmer from Red Chapter Clothing reads exactly the same when rotated 180 degrees.  Palmer notes that, “From start to finish, this Shark Attack ambigram is one of […]

Ambigrams Revealed

Ambigrams 6 May 2013 0 Comments

Ambigrams Revealed Cover

Ambigrams Revealed is a new book from graphic and ambigram designer Nikita Prokhorov.  The book features a series of ambigram case studies that are judged by a panel that includes the author, John Langdon, Scott Kim, and five others.  It also features a 40 page “Ambigram Showcase” toward the back of the book that contains […]

True/False Ambigram by John Langdon

Ambigrams 19 December 2012 0 Comments

True/False by John Langdon

This ambigram, created by John Langdon, features two words with opposite meanings that can be seen individually by rotating the image 180 degrees.  Shown at this angle, the word TRUE can be seen and a very fancy font.

Heaven on Earth Ambigram by Punya Mishra

Ambigrams 9 November 2012 0 Comments

Heaven on Earth Ambigram by Punya Mishra

Some of the best ambigrams deal with words that have some sort of polarity to them.  Two perfect examples of this would be the words good/evil and love/hate.  These designs are inherently more meaningful than those that would present two words completely unrelated to one another.  The example below, created by Michigan State University professor […]

Optical Illusion Tattoos

Ambigrams,Impossible,Trompe L'oeil 19 September 2012 0 Comments

Ambigram Tattoo

Some people really love optical illusions.  So much so that they are willing to have a deceptive tattoo inked permanently onto their body.  I suppose tattoos are not always permanent.  They could be removed at some point in the future, but it would come at considerable cost (and pain).  Take a look at the following […]