Saturday, May 26, 2007

NAC May '07 phrase

Peace be upon you!


The May NAC (nagfa ambigram challenge) has got to be THE most comprehensive challenge by far. Not only have we received an astounding number of entries, we also have received the most diversed solutions to date. And this challenge has also seen the most number of new ambigram designers / participants. On behalf of all of us familiar to NAC, a big welcome to all of you!


When the NAC phrase 'shark attack' was posed (here), we mentioned that there could be several solutions. Hence, we came up with six ourselves:

nagfa's 6 solutions for NAC May


The following are the entries from NAC participants from all over the world, arranged according to types of solutions (for better comparison and a detailed study, we hope). Do take your time to marvel at these superb art pieces, and do leave comments and/or constructive critiques.. Naguib & Fadilah thank all participants who had made this a whopping success, and wish all an incredible journey through art...

180-degree rotational ambigrams:

krzysztof (poland)

alberto portacio (colombia)

mark palmer a.k.a. wowtattoos (usa)

jason runcie (usa)

oloman (spain)
steve gray (scotland)

russel miranda (sri lanka)

nalle (sweden)

nagfa (singapore)

serpiente (mexico)

serpiente (mexico)

alessandro (italy)

luthfi sidik (indonesia)

yajuvendra gore (india)

alberto portacio (colombia)

merfat (chile)

darren bent (new zealand)

anuar (mexico)

anuar (mexico)

alessandro (italy)

chandana sri (india)

martijn a.k.a. ambigramateur (holland)

txescu (catalunia)

jordi sierra (catalunia)

cleber faria (brazil)

vlas (venezuela)

horizontal reflections:

michael (usa)

ruel (philippines)

nagfa (singapore)

homero larrain (chile)

txescu (catalunia)
alberto portacio (colombia)

vertical reflections:

jacquie (usa)

nagfa (singapore)

txescu (catalunia)

90-degrees rotational ambigrams:

nagfa (singapore)

txescu (catalunia)


tom banwell (usa)

tom banwell (usa)

45-degrees reflections:

tom banwell (usa)

txescu (catalunia)


txescu (catalunia)

nagfa (singapore)

double symmetry:
nagfa (singapore)

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Blogger Martijn Slegers said...

My god, this has got to be the most complete challenge I've ever seen?! So many participants and so many different approaches!! This is great! I really liked how you explored every possible solution, Nag & Fa (and Tom Banwell too)!

I'm not sure if you intended to have a lot of space between the entries and leave out the artist's names, but I think that was a bit confusing :) Fortunately I recognise most ambigram artists by their style, but still... it would be nice to see the names for all of them... :)

I am looking forward to the next Challenge! Have a nice day everyone!

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Jacquie said...

Wow! What an amazing collection!

6:46 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hi all!!

oops.. sorry, we meant to save this as draft but uploaded this instead.. this is still under construction. names and types will be updated.. do come again later..

(not taking the shine away from txescu (in response to martijn's comments), texescu from catalunia also did the most variations: 6!)


8:17 AM  
Blogger Mentalblow said...

Absolutely amazing, the breadth of entries! A wonderful collection of ambigrams! Thank you to Nagfa for providing this forum.

12:37 PM  
Blogger nagfa said...

(to mentalblow):

brilliant anagram ;)


2:50 PM  
Blogger Oloman said...

I saw post yesterday and supposed that it was a draft, but today, is all perfect!
I have to say that is one of the better NAC i have ever seen: a lot of jobs and all of them very nice.
I think the phrase was not too difficult and that allowed to elaborate a bit more the designs than in other times.
Really this is a fantastic challenge.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Martijn Slegers said...

Hahaha, great anagram indeed! I have tried to make an anagram of my name too, but haven't had much success yet... I'll keep hunting for one! So far only "Gen-less Martyr" came up ;)

Again, congratulations to all ambigram submitters!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Ambigramas Alberto Portacio said...


Realmente esta entrada es maravillosa y gracias a la convocatoria de Nagfa los integrantes de la "familia ambigramista" podemos disfrutar de este gran momento de arte y creatividad.

Felicitaciones a todos

Alberto Portacio Apicella

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Fraga said...

My congratulations for you beautiful proposte,
Nagfa, and for all participations! But, my special
aplause is for the oscillation by Txescu, the
spinonym by Tom Banwell and the figurative
180o by Alberto Portacio. Clap, clap, clap!

12:08 AM  
Anonymous txescu said...

It's great to see all the possibilities for a single phrase in the hands of ambigram makers from all around the world. Any word or ambigram type is impossible for us together!!!


2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As has been said before, an amazing collection of different solutions to this. I've had so many 'ah I wish I'd thought of that' moments. A few favorites jumping out at me already but I think I need to digest them all a bit more first.

Steve (a recent ambigram addict!)

3:51 AM  
Blogger homero said...

If someone wants to write an article on ambigrams, I think this would be the nicest and more complete example of the variations and the artistic dimension of it. Congratulations for all of you and specially for Nagfa, he managed again to raise the level of this competition selecting a wonderful frase.

I missed the ground / figure approach... it's not my specialty, maybe one of you can come out with one of them, so we can complete the gallery.

In case you haven't seen it, there's also an animation (w/ sound) I made of my ambigram, you can see it here.

Saludos y felicidades a todos!

6:02 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

thank you, everyone, for giving such encouraging words..

NAC has so far managed to assemble the most prominent ambigramaestroes (as Martijn would love it spelled!) from around the world.. And, hopefully, like Txescu mentioned, no words would be impossible if we get our minds to it. Together..

Reading Homero's comment, we then realise that the figure/ground is not represented.. For another challenge, hopefully..

(There's another obscure form:

which is like duplicating and sliding..)

Looking forward to more comments and critiques..


5:12 PM  
Anonymous Adrián said...

Hi Nag&Fa!
I´ve been watching your website for months, and I really like it! I´m interested in ambigrams and I started to manage a blog about it since I was sixteen (I´m only a child!), and now I´m going to try to participate at the NAC(I´m finishing my exams nowadays), because I really enjoy this kind of things. If you want, you can visit my site at

I´m from Spain, as you can see. Sorry about my bad use of the English, I hope you could understand all that I´ve said!

Most of the latest ambigrams are incredile, congratulations!

Adrián Moro Calderón

11:50 PM  
Blogger homero said...

Trying to complete the gallery with another kind of ambigram for Shark Attack, I made a whole/part version of it, you can see it on my blog. The figure/ground still resists...


2:34 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

thank you, adrian..

we understand you perfectly! on our way to your website now..

looking forward to your entry in the next NAC..

to homero: yup, we've seen that, astonishing. took us a while to grasp the concept. plain genius. wonder what you'll come up with next..!

salam (peace),

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

Hello again!

I write to you to told you I´ve just made an ambiram with "shark attack"! Since Hoemro said that he was trying to do a figure/ground ambigra, I though that I´ll try to do it. And there is!!FA2946092C769F09!532.entry

It has a really bad presentation because I´ve painted it in 5 minutes(with the PAINT, it isn´t normal), because I wanted to show it before the end of May. I´m going to improve it, don´t worry.

Salam(i like this word)


2:11 AM  
Blogger scalpod said...

Am I ever sorry I didn't participate in this challenge?!

Congratulations on the sheer volume and superb quality of submissions. Ambigrams are truly coming into their own as an art form. Thanks in no small part to the dedication and support of pioneers like yourselves.

Thanks for providing us all with inspiration and these challenges, which have made me realize how truly global this creative phenomenon is?!


1:44 PM  
Anonymous jinoe said...

Wow. the number of entries was overwhelming. Just too many for my eyes to feast. Great job to everyone. Too bad I wasnt able to make one for the NAC. Til next time.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

emm. good style

5:32 AM  

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