Opening Mood: Lunch time!
Opening Song: None

For the past couple of days, I have been crazy about Ambigram. So much that I haven’t checked my mails nor have thought about some of the outstanding todo items in my list.

It all started with Pradeep telling me about tattoos and what would be a good design for one. It struck me then, that an Ambigram would make an excellent choice for a tattoo owing to it’s symmetric nature. I had first read about Ambigrams in Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons” and at that time, I thought, well, may be one needs to be an artist to draw one of these.

But no! When Pradeep said that it would be difficult to ambigrammize some of our names, I somehow wanted to prove him wrong! And the result, two night outs worth of time spent doing nothing but trying to arrange shapes so that they appear symmetric along the horizontal axis. Of every name I could think of! The last time I forgot about everything and spent night outs doing crazy things such as these was way back in 3rd year engineering, trying to come up with Anagrams of words πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are a few ambigrams that I made. There are more, but they need fine tuning, and as an how I get time to fine tune them, I will be uploading them here. Below each picture, you’ll find what they mean, just in case the symbols are too cryptic. Well, it’s also a way of fooling your mind. Once you know what the Symbol means, your mind will be compelled to see it that way πŸ˜‰

All these ambigrams were made using GIMP, the GNU image manipulation program.

Copyrights?! Well, Open Source philosophy applies here too. I grant you complete rights to use them, improve upon them, and if you like the improvement/enhancement, share them with others πŸ™‚













And this one. This one is an Asymmetric Ambigram. In the sense that it has two names in the same figure. There’s another asymmetric ambigram that I have made, but it needs legal clearance before it can be posted πŸ˜›



… And when you turn this around, it looks like this:


Comments, feedback much appreciated. So do drop a message πŸ™‚
Also, if you have seen some really nice Ambigrams elsewhere, do share them/pointers to them here.

Closing Song: None.
Closing Mood: Lazy Sunday Afternoon


About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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8 Responses to Ambigrams

  1. Sathya says:

    Man o Man …. You are just brilliant…

    I was seeing the first two images, and I was gonna shoot of a mail saying I wanted one for me too….

    And there you were, you had it already ready for me πŸ™‚

    Thanks a ton buddy….


  2. wanderlust says:

    nice timepass you’ve found. good ones.

  3. Anki says:

    Hey, thanks for the inspiring me to get started with this..super cool stuff ! nice work.. I like Chirag’s the best..

  4. nagfa says:

    Hi, these are nice examples..

    just came upon us that ‘randomwalker’ (a take from your blogpage title) could be a very readable ambigram..

    we design ambigrams.

    salam (peace)

  5. Krips says:

    It is even more interesting to see your selection of names. The ones you use the most. πŸ™‚ First his own, then his room mate, then …. Wait a min. WHY DO I NOT SEE MY NAME ??????

  6. pooni says:

    Excellent!!! My fav is Sapna…too good..and keep doin dem!!! πŸ™‚ lovely to c u doin smethng constructive!!! hehehe kidding!jame raho!

  7. Pat says:

    After you mentioned these ambigram’s the other day, I found one yesterday in mass production – check out the dvd cover for the 20th Anniversary edition of “Princess Bride”

  8. rand0mwalker says:

    Just your luck! While i was writing this post, i saw you on my orkut page, and wondered how easy/difficult would be to create the anagram of your name. Turned out, it was pretty easy! I am glad you liked it!

    It’s truly a great passtime!

    Good, now there two in a group. How about starting a new offering??! πŸ˜›

    Thank you sir! Good to see a pro commenting on the work of an amateur. And yeah, rand0mwalker is relatively an easy ambigram. Why didn’t it strike me before?!

    Like I said, I am still in the process of fine tuning the ambigram of some names, including yours πŸ™‚

    So, in future, if you wanna place orders for some special gifts, let me know! I would be glad to provide some help πŸ˜›

    The “Princess Bride” one is a really cool ambigram. Like I told Pradeep, never underestimate the power of curves!!

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