Tuesday, July 25, 2006

nagfa's Ambigram Challenge: An Invitation

About six months ago, we had discussed an idea with Matrixadi and Paxy to initiate our own version of Langdon's 'Grid Project'. The idea was agreed on but never really took off due to time and personal duties...

Fast forward six months... nagfa will be starting an interactive 'challenge' on this blog from August 2006: nagfa's Ambigram Challenge. The 'challenge' is open to ALL ambigram enthusiasts - professionals, experts, or beginners.

How it works:
i) Every month, we will post 1) one *word/phrase and 2) one theme, on this blog.
*The word/phrase will be something which we ourselves would have successfully solved as an ambigram.

ii) Visitors are invited to share their own solutions to the given word, or a design related to the given theme. The solutions or designs could be in a form of any ambigrams (rotational, reflection, etc.) and/or in any language. Please email to us at:

iii) ALL designs received will then be compiled and posted on this blog, together with our own solution for the given word, at the end of the month.

i) From a micro 'ambigram art point of view', we hope that the nagfa's Ambigram Challenge could be a way for all ambigram enthusiasts to share their different styles and solutions on ambigram on one blog, and at the same time learn from each other's unique style and solution. (Maybe, this invitation could produce several other distinctive and inimitable ambigram artists like beloved Alberto Portacio and his 'number plate format' or esteemed Serpiente and his simple calligraphic strokes. Or maybe an artist who had found the extraordinary solutions for near-impossible combos like s-a, c-e or those involving k and x..)

ii) From a macro level, we hope that this invitation could be a way to unite people from different races, languages and cultures through the art of ambigrams..

We, Nag and Fa, hope that our small but ambitious effort could be a start for more beautiful efforts in future..



Blogger Roopak Suri said...

Excellent idea...i'm ready to participate. But one hitch - why would you give a word which you have solved before...i mean that won't allow you to participate actively in this project. Please give us a word which none has created before.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Phallusious Argument said...

ON MAN! whats the question for the month?

7:06 PM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hi, guys..

thanks for the appreciated enthusiastic responses.. :)

the word and theme will only be out on the last day of the month (July) or the first day of the next (August) to give a 'system' or 'order' to Nagfa's Ambigram Challenge (NAC), and to 'enforce' a fair timeline for all artists involved.. ;)

as hosts, we feel it is only 'morally obligating' to at least test the 'viability and practicality' of a word to become an ambigram, as a minimal effort to at least upkeep the integrity of NAC.. (we mean, we couldn't just post, for instance: 'case' - the dreaded c/e and a/s comboes! - and leave enthusiasts to solve it..)

to answer Roopak's query: we will be actively involved as we have not solved the word - yet. ;)

a hint for the first word: it'll be something long and quite appropriate
and relevant to the enthusiasts. It won't be having too difficult a 'formula' (we do have to consider the different levels of enthusiasts involved)

hopefully, this NAC could inspire more ambigram enthusiasts to come forward, challenge themselves, have some fun and feel a sense of achievement of their own creations..

the fun starts in 6 days.. ;)

thanks again for the support, guys..


7:53 PM  
Blogger homero said...


Very good idea. You can count me on.

By the way... I agree that the letters x and k are very difficult to combine with other letters. The c/e pair troubled me for a long time, until I solved it (kind of) on my "Chile" ambigram. The a/s pair has an easy and elegant solution using uppercases, like in Langdon's "Angels & Demons". A lowercase solution could be the one I used on "Francisca". For the "case" ambigram, I would combine "Chile" and "Francisca" :)

Waiting for the game to start,


12:08 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hi, homero..

always a pleasure to hear from you..

the solutions you proposed (and we've visited the links) are well-thought of, and creative.. maybe we'll post a word with k's and x's in later months, to really make NAC a 'challenge'. :)

thanks for the support..

5 days and counting..


10:01 AM  
Blogger Renán said...

Me parece una exelente idea. Feliz de que me inviten y espero poder aportar con mis "soluciones".

11:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey bro.

This is awesome! Thanks for invitation. I haven't done much ambigrams lately but yeah, I'm in for the challenge.

4:56 PM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hi, renan and adi..

gracias n terimakasih.. we are excited ourselves..

our hearts' beating to the countdown..

5 days..


9:59 PM  
Blogger Ambigramas Alberto Portacio said...

Hola Nagfa

Gracias por la invitación para participar en tan excelente proyecto. Estaré pendiente, pero con la gran dificultad de no entender el inglés. Pero ahí estáré listo a participar.


Alberto Portacio Apicella

7:48 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hola, alberto,

gracias for supporting our 'proyecto'. we hope it could be a successful and effective way to unite an ambigram-loving community..

4 days till the first word (it's more of a phrase, really..) is revealed..


8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes!

9:09 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...


fraga always make us smile..

(fraga, we have kept our promise to enjoy our engagement and not design your name anymore.. maybe we'll post 'fraga' as one of the words in the 'Challenge'! :))


9:20 AM  
Blogger Manster R.C. said...

count me in... when is the word/phrase coming out???

1:30 PM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hey, rahman..

tksih for participating.. the word/phrase will be out: 31st July, monday..

thanks again for the positive response


2:03 PM  
Blogger SyFi said...

sounds like fun, I'll be watching and waiting to see what the word is.

9:37 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

hi, syfi..

thanks for participating.. sure'll be fun!

countdown: 2 days and counting..


10:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hello!! this it's gonna be great!!! I'm waiting the woord... Thanks Nagfa to give us something to make our lives less boring hahahaha :-D

My English is not excellent so...



6:08 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

:) thank you for the support, ivan!

we hope that the AltaVista Babel Fish translation tool could be of some help for non-English speakers.. Let us not make language a barrier between us in creating 'universal art'..

1 more day till 'the phrase'!


7:48 AM  
Blogger Serpiente said...

Well, my english is very bad, but i hope you enjoy my ambigrams.

Great idea.

3:55 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

of course we will, serpiente..

appreciate the support, thank you..


10:18 AM  
Blogger Raven/2008 said...

Did you get my message?
Post my Ambigram if you like to.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know if this contest is still going on? :) I'd like to participate in it!

Martijn Slegers

11:30 PM  

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