Inversions Links

Other people on the web who create inversions

Here are a few of the other folks in the world who have created inversions of their own. If you have original ambigrams on your web site, email me the URL and I'll add you to this list. Ambigram Magazine is the first on-line magazine covering the news, designs and artists in the ambigram space. Includes ambigram artist biographies, interviews, links, ambigram gallery and product reviews. Even has a few on-line applications, like Matchbox art and the Ambimatic ambigram.

Ambiblog. This blog delves deep into the process of creating ambigrams, with emphasis on meeting typographical standards. Featuring contributions by and interviews with many ambigram artists. Hosted by graphic designer and type afficionado Nikita Prokhorov. The work of Jonathan Gough, ambigram artist and designer.Includes a gallery of his fine work, and a nice tutorial on how to create ambigrams.

Wow Tattoos. Want an ambigram designed for a tattoo? Mark Palmer is your guy. Mark has created a business around ambigram tattoo designs. He's got over 1000s designs in stock, and can do custom designs quickly and affordably. Mark even has a line of trendy ambigrammatical clothing called Red Chapter.

FlipScript. Automatically creates custom ambigrams, which you can then have printed or embossed on items like t-shirts, jewelry, keychains and so on. Great for personalized gifts. Free to try words; you pay if you want to use them. This is the first good automatic ambigram generator. It was reated by programmer Mark Hunter. It doesn't do all words — there's room for improvement — but it does quite a few, and the visual quality is high.

John Langdon takes ambigrams to the highest artistic heights. For many years he has created ambigrammatical titles and logos as part of his graphic design business. His works are collected in the book Wordplay. Some of his works are available as limited edition prints. John's work predates mine, though we started independently.

Angels and Demons. John Langdon created the ambigrams that appear in this novel and movie by Dan Brown. Ambigrams figure prominently in the plot. No, ambigrams are not an ancient mystic art, despite Dan's intriguing fictitious history. Here is an unused title sequence from the movie of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, featuring John's art.

Robert Pettrick is a graphic artist in New York who has been making ambigrams longer than most of us. His first "symmetrick" as he calls them was for the rock group "Angel", and it still stands as one of his best. Robert's work was inspired by meeting John Langdon; you can read the story on his web site. You can even order a t-shirt with his classis mirror-symmetric design on the word "nonsense". Good stuff.

Nagfa, a language teacher in Singapore, is a prolific and ambitious ambigram artist who is enthusiastically creating a worldwide community of ambigram artists, through his ambigram competitions.

Punya Mishra has created a whole gallery of ambigrams, including an inversion on "Darpan" as the title of a magazine of reflections on India. Darpan is a Sanskrit word, written so upside down it reads as its English translation "mirror".

Ronald Dana (Added 10-6-00). Prolific ambigram aficionado Ronald Dana created a beautifully rendered inversion on the word "Graphics".

Brett Gilbert. (Added 10-6-00). Brett Gilbert from Harlow, England created an ambitious ambigram on his own name. Click on "ambigram" under "Start".

Wendy Carlos, the composer behind Switched-On Bach and Sonic Seasonings, created an interesting tiling of her first name for her home page. If all letters in each copy of her name are colored the same color, how many different colors are needed so no two same-colored names touch along an edge?

Douglas Hofstadter started creating ambigrams when he was in high school. His interest in ambigrams and wordplay reflect his research interest in cognitive science. His lettering work appears in his book Metamagical Themas. He has also written a book about ambigrams, in Italian.

Chong Lai This ambigram movie was created by ambitious Singapore graphic artist Chong Lai.

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