Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Designed after the Real Madrid vs. Ajax Champions League match which Real won 4-1. While Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, Benzema added a beauty with a stunning bicycle kick. Only one word to describe that, really. Amazing!

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Another version for the You'll Never Walk Alone - Glory Glory Man United ambigram. An earlier version can be seen a few posts down. Done using highlighter and outlined using a ball-point pen on a sticky note.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

This just pops up in the mind one night. A draft.

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A design for two of Ambigram's Pioneers: John Langdon
rotating into Robert Petrick
The choice of names started of smoothly, and we even managed to make the initials more prominent by making these thicker. The position of the L/P was crucial, and that worked to our advantage. The most awkward part of this design in the 'Ro' in Robert rotating in the 'don' in Langdon. This may be improved by using another writing style and presentation.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Not exactly an ambigram. Just something we rediscovered while cleaning up our place. Done back in 10th February 2002, the piece was for the inner cover of an assignment titled Beauty in Ambiguity: A study on Noor S.I.'s works. 
After the Liverpool-Manchester United match, was inspired to try doing an ambigram for the two great rivals. A Liverpool rotating to Manchester United didn't quite work. Further experimenting and exploring brought a more satisfying solution: 
 Glory Glory Man United (Manchester United's anthem) rotating into:
You'll Neve Walk Alone (Liverpool's anthem).
The Foreign Talent.
Pencil on Paper on Bench.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A new take on an old formula. Reads 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri'.
Nagfa wishes all Muslims an Eid Mubarak!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Very rough ambigram done using PowerPoint. 

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Today marks our - nag's and fa's - five years' anniversary. It's been a wonderful journey thus far. And now, with two extra members in our family, we are hungrier for more adventures down the road.

Five yrs strong... and counting...

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A simple exercise after noticing a cooperative word.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

 The draft (above) and the almost-final design of The Forgotten One (below).
(One useful tip: 'the' rotates almost naturally into 'one'. An insertion of a suitable word between 'the' and 'one', therefore, can make for an interesting phrase and a visually appealing ambigram. Try it!)
Another design from between stacks of papers. Done early last year, when the term 'ohana' - ('Ohana' means family) - was discussed. Loyang is Nag's school. A reflection piece, hand-sketched.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

An old design concept, rediscovered in between stacks of drafts.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Logomark for Ground Zero. The design incorporates the letter G and the digit 0, forming an outwardly radial wave from an epicentre.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ambigram designs of Theron Schaub (drafts and final designs):

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

An ambigram for the Wedding Invitation of Kishure Kumar & Vijiya Letchumi. One of our longest name pairings so far (and we've only been doing this for six years), and really like how it looks.
A KV Name-Initials ambigram for the couple.

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A wordplay derived from the 180-degree rotational symmetry of the individual letters. 'rumi' rotates into 'jawi'. Both refer to a writing system for the Malay Language. 'Rumi' is the system using the Romanized alphabet. While 'Jawi' uses the Arabic alphabet.

From FA's lecture notes. Translated to 'Between Rumi and Jawi'.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Done during breaks in a meeting. Strategic Planning.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Been a while since our last post. Ambigram opportunities came and went. From the double symmetry date of 13MEI (13 May in Malay) to a rotational symmetry of 21.5.12. Well, Carpe Diem. Or not. Without much ado:
Hand-drawn using a humble pencil: Promotion Ceremony.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012


After the Mathematics Paper.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Our winning design for the recent ACAC ( Ambigram Challenge), Dan Chan rotating into Magic Man:
And, another entry, a Dan Chan ambigram:

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Done entirely on PowerPoint using Basic Shapes.

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nagfa in Wanaka, New Zealand!

Two of our designs - watershow (reflection ambigram) and Quickdraw (rotational ambigram) as displayed on one of the walls of Puzzling World, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand. Alongside other works from prominent ambigram artists, John Langdon and Scott Kim.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One of the factors that make an ambigram work is the positions of the characters/letters/glyphs in a particular word or phrase. Ambigrams of 'awesome', 'mayhem' or 'edge', for example, are abundant and done in numerous styles. They work. A 'John Mayer', 'Angelina Jolie' and 'Jamie Oliver' ambigram may be easily done, too, if one were to study the letter placements in these names. Similarly, this 'DareDevil' ambigram provide for an easy solution. We did this in less than 15 minutes. Hand drawn.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Almost a palindrome, come to think of it.. 'igniting!'

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Playing with forms here. Death Lived.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We have drawn this so many times over the past year, but always only on paper. Always wanted this to be printed onto the T-shirt for the rockclimbers (their gravity-defying stunts making an ambigram design so very relevant, of course!).

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Been reading about the Upside Down Question Mark, usually seen in the Spanish language. Guess it's very apt to be used in an ambigram, especially since we do know of many Spanish-speaking ambigram artists and visitors to our blog. 'How are you?' indeed. It's been a while..

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

reflecting into:

Been awhile since our last reflection piece. This should read easily enough.

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Hilamony: hilarious + harmony (according to The Zozi). Recently bought their second album Hilamony 2 - their first was Hilamony. The ambigram may be read as hilamony III:
The Zozi.

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Known now as a 'learning journey'..

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Another design; unused.

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Perhaps, the biggest nagfa project to date, the logo for Iconoclast. Their latest, just released album: The stage at Mavericks, Ottawa Canada, where they had their CD release party:
Big, big thanks to the guys of Iconoclast for the opportunity and trust.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A surprisingly cooperative word.

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