Sunday, July 24, 2011

Walking through Memory Lane: Racial Harmony Ambigrams

The following designs provide for an interesting comparison of how our designs had evolved throughout the years. As mentioned in the post prior to this, we had previously designed three other Racial Harmony ambigrams (+ one design depicting the phrase in Malay). The first design was done way back in 2006, clearly inspired by John Langdon's Angels & Demons' swirls and flourishes:

The following design was from 2007, when we experimented more with font types. The formulae stayed very much the same, while the flourishes became more subtle, but still distracting.
In 2008, we tried solving the same phrase and theme from another angle, in another language (reads in Malay: 'Keharmonian Kaum'). Using MS PowerPoint, the lines were more uniformed, and sharper. The formulae stayed true. Too uniformed, hence: bland.
2009. It was simple structure and minimalism over intricate embelishment then. Again using MS PowerPoint, the result this time was cleaner, without distractions:

And finally, this year's design:

It's been a meaningful journey spanning over 5 years now. We hope to continue learning the art.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

This is - if memory serves us right - our fourth Racial Harmony ambigram. For Racial Harmony Day celebrated in schools islandwide come 21st July. The theme for this year's RHD is 'HOME: joint HOpes, shared MEmories'.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

square kufi: Nayla Najwa

Returning to an old love, Square Kufi. A design for our daughter:

Pardon the gaps; done using the basic of tools: basic shapes in MS PowerPoint.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Rediscovered ambigram (reflection) done some years back:

This concept was to be more sculptural than 2D, so that people were able to walk around it and yet read it correctly.

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