40 Cool and Creative Ambigram Designs

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Have you ever seen a word and read the same word upside down? This is one form of an ambigram. An ambigram (from Latin: ambi both + gram = letter) is a word or words that can be read in more than one direction, where the word reads the same when upside down or turn over to form an entirely new word. The term “ambigram” was first used to mean “ambiguous anagram” by Judith E. Bagai, a former editor of The Enigma, the official organ of The National Puzzlers’ League.

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There are many types of ambigrams such as rotational ambigrams, reflective types, 3-dimensional, etc. but the most basic and popular ones are the flipscript or rotational ambigram in which word or words when flipped both horizontal or vertical way, still spells the same word as before. Today, ambigrams are used in graphic design, commercial logos, book covers, tattoo artworks and music albums. These typographical artworks are used by graphic designers because of their symmetry and the optical illusions it present. Ambigrams became much more popular when it was prominently featured in Dan Brown‘s bestselling novel, Angels & Demons. With patience and creativity, you can turn any word into an ambigram.

Below are my collection of 40 really cool and creatively designed ambigrams. Without further ado, let start twisting our neck and try to view them in upside down :)

“Illuminati” Edited from the original version by John Langdon.

“The Stone Rose” via mirving123



“Steampunk” Rotational ambigram version 2 by NastyBasty

“Labyrinth” Created for the Nagfa Ambigams Challenge. By Krzychu

“Marley” via mirving123



“One Blood One Love” or "One Love One Blood" the other way. By revcruz

“Azathoth” By NastyBasty



“Love/Hate” via nichck



“Shark Attack” By wowtattoos

“Baltimore” Via mirving123

“Right/Wrong” Amibigram with some graffiti element. By NastyBasty

“Lawrence” Created by revcruz for The 50 Ambigram Project.

“Samantha/Marcianne” Created to be inked as a tattoo by wowtattoos.

“Dirty/Clean”Via npgraphicdesign



“Harry Potter” An entry for the Flickr Ambigram Challenge by NastyBasty

harry potter ambigram

“Charlie Chang” 180° rotational ambigram of the name CHARLIE CHANG by Burn

charlie chang

“Shub-Niggurath” via unterart



“Phat Beats” By Burn



“Pepsi” via mirving123



“KRANE” Created for Crane DPC by PAC1972.


“Anj” Another ambigram created by revcruz for The 50 Ambigram Project.

“Child’s Play” via Imriaylde



“Manila” via ambigram.com



manila

“City of Brotherly Love” Created by John Langdon.

“San Francisco” via ambigram.com



“Woodstock” Another ‘quick & dirty’ lunchtime ambigram via unterart

woodstock

“Cafe” via unterart



cafe

“Nyarlathotep” via unterart



“1984” via unterart



1984

“Sins” Created by only-adrian



sins

“Ambigram” Created by arpad



“Air” Robert Langdons ambigram Air, from the book Angels and Deamons

“Reverse engineering” By Scott Kim



“A love of love” Created by Johan Skylling.



“Peta” Rotationally symmetrical ambigram of Peta’s name.

“Paris” via npgraphicdesign



“Ektopia” Papper & Penna’s Ekoptia Rotational Ambigram

“Chopin” Created by Daniel Dostal



Brands we are familiar with..

Ambigram in domain names

  • doxob.com
  • ap.xozzox.de
  • http://ap.xozzox.de//:dtty
  • http://graner.net/nicolas/selcoiu/tau.jauejb//:dtty
  • 66.gg

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