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I was a busy bee yesterday, creating two ambigrams of my co-workers names. The first ist Rebekka. She asked me if every word could be turned into an ambigram, I replied “almost every word” and to demonstrate this I tried to create an ambigram of her name. Not a clever idea… The double “K” was a real pain in the a** and I had to put much more effort into it than I originally intended. But I think the outcome turned out quite nice!

It was the first time I tried this kind of font style and I’m really happy with the looks.

The second design is an ambigram of the name “Ursula“. I tried to turn her name into an ambigram some time ago, but I did’t find a nice solution. The outcome was so horrible that I don’t even want to show it here! But yesterday I tried something different and voilá, I created something that I’m happy with!

UPDATE: In the comment section John Langdon suggested a few changes to improve the readability and to achieve a more consistent look – and of course he was right :-). Even though I thought at the begnning that the suggested double stroke of the “S” would be a bit over top, I changed my mind. It is definitely an  improvement! So, here’s the updated version of the “Ursula” ambigram:

Thanks, John!

During the last week (after reading an interview with John Langdon…) I decided to go “back to the roots” and to work more with pen and paper. And it’s great! I was pretty lazy in the last months and used the pen just to find the solution for an ambigram and did the artwork directly in illustrator. I had totally forgotten how much more freedom you gain when you design just with your hands! So here’s one of the ambigrams I did this weekend, hand drawn, scanned and traced:

And here’s the final draft I traced (only half the word. I’m still lazy…):

… and yes, I used the “John-Langdon-S/Y-combination”, but let’s be honest: It’s the most appealing way to solve this problem

I took a short break from creating ambigrams of the names of ancient gods (but I think I will created one or two more…) and did something more “classic”:

This was surprisingly difficult to design and I had had to create the “s”s using embellishments, something I am not very fond of…
The “or” is far from being perfect, too, but to be honest: I just wanted to finish the piece, because I was thinking so much about a good solution for the “heads/tails” problem that it made my brain hurt 😉

So, let’s pretend the “or” is just a graphical element…

Behold the unspeakable horror of

Shub-NiggurathThe Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, one of the Outer Gods of H.P. Lovecraft’s Pantheon…

I’m not 100% content with the “b/u” inversion… This part will need some further optimization.

Here’s one more lovecraftian deity for the weekend. This time it’s Azathoth , The Blind Idiot God, Him in the Gulf, Seething Nuclear Chaos, The Daemon Sultan, ruler of the Outer Gods.

Still continuing my set of Lovecraft-related ambigrams. This time I present you Nyarlathotepthe messenger of the Great Old Ones, the crawling chaos.

Considered an Outer God, he often appears in human shape, acting as a stage artist, presenting strange scientific artifacts, which is why I wanted this ambigram to look like a 1920’s poster headline.

I’m really enjoying creating these Mythos-related ambigrams, so look out: There’s more to come… 😉