As 2007 comes into its last stretch - and we see ourselves struggling to fulfil earlier resolutions (what resolutions? were there..? did I..? some ask) and thinking of more (self-consoling) reasons and excuses why we could not - we welcome a new format to nagfa's ambigram challenge (NAC). nagfa - naguib and fadilah - hopes that 2008 will bring a freshness to NAC unlike those we've had so far. Beginning from this instalment of NAC December 2007, we would like to revamp it into something more viewers/participants-centric.
What we are planning is each NAC next year will be posed by a Guest Challenger. These Guest Challengers would be artists (us included) whose solution were chosen by a prior Guest Challenger who posed his own phrase/word/theme. There will be no voting, but comments and critiques are always welcomed.
Without extending this pre-amble, nagfa proudly presents the Guest Challenger
for NAC December 2007
: Homero Larrain from Chile
, whose solution for NAC November 2007
was voted the winner by a majority of voters.
"I'm Homero Larrain, a 26 years old engineer / university teacher from Santiago, Chile. As a fan of maths, puzzles and wordplay, it was a rather natural thing for me first to be amazed by ambigrams, and then to start trying to design my own ones. I've been making them for three years now, and in my blog I've posted approximately 220 of them during the last two years. I have no formal training in graphics design or typography, but in the last two years I've been continuously trying to learn through tutorials I've found on the Internet, and keeping track of every ambigram site I'm aware of, in order to learn new tricks from other artists and their different syles and approaches."
This month's phrase: white rabbit
*After giving it a lot of thought, the phrase I'm proposing for this month's competition is "white rabbit". The concept references the character from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" . This is a tribute for one of the writers that inspired many of us the love for wordplay, and that certainly would be a fan of ambigrams if he was still alive.
"White rabbit" is also often used in popular culture to symbolize something that you are chasing but you can't get. Technically, the phrase presents many challenges (ie, the double "b"), but I've learned that these difficulties are a good thing for a NAC because they promote creativity and this way the solutions found by different ambigramists present a variety of approaches and new ideas.
Please submit designs to:firstname.lastname@example.org
hopefully before 25nd of December (for allowance for us to compile them before January). Please also include the chosen word for the design, your name (pseudonym allowed), country of origin, and website/blog (if any). *Designers are allowed to send in more than one design/entry..
All the best,
Nagfa: Naguib & Fadilah
Labels: ambigram, Guest Challenger, Homero Larrain, NAC, NAC December, nagfa, white rabbit