Ambigram Challenge: Movies & Television

Sep 30th, 2010 | By | Category: A.C.A.C., News

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We all have our favorite movie characters, personalities, and actors/actresses. Some movies stars are inseparable from the characters they play: Clint Eastwood and Dirty Harry, Audrey Hepburn and Eliza Doolittle, George Peppard and Hannibal Smith, Jim Carrey and Ace Ventura, Christopher Reeves and Superman…the list can go on and on. In honor of those, and many other movie stars and their roles…the next theme is…Movies and Television!


1. For this challenge, you have the following options:
a. Symbiotogram of the actor/actress and the character they play. Examples: ClintEastwood/DirtyHarry, JimCarrey/AceVentura, JudyGarland/Dorothy, AndyGriffith/Matlock, etc.
b. Rotational ambigram of the movie name, lead actor/actress OR the name of the main character created in the style of the movie. Many major movies have had accompanying posters that have become as famous as the movies themselves, while setting a visual trend in the art/design world. A great example of a trend-setting design would be the Saul Bass design for The Man With The Golden Arm. Also, look at the Scarface example included with this article for an example of an ambigram created in a style similar to the movie poster.
*Please note: You are not limited only to movies. For this challenge, you are allowed to use actors/actresses from TV shows as well. If you are not sure whether you can use a certain word combination, email us at

2. For this challenge, your ambigram will be judged on legibility, readability and  how closely it reflects the style/aesthetic of the movie, actors/actresses & the characters.

3. Please submit 2 of your best entries (do not submit more than two), and make sure that they are “finalized” before emailing them*.  We are getting swamped with some participants sending entire collections of designs, or they make frequent revisions and expect us to keep track of it all. The ambigram(s) have to be created from scratch specifically for this challenge. *Please send your designs as .JPG/.GIF/.PNG files only. Do not send native files from programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, CorewDraw, etc.

4. To better track the designs, please name your submissions as follows:[NAME]-[DESIGN].jpg

For example, “JohnDoe-Ambigram1.jpg“

Otherwise, it can be easy to lose track of which design belongs to which artist, especially if we get a lot of submissions.

5. These ambigrams are to be created solely for this challenge. You are not allowed to use work that has been created and published before this contest.


All artwork will need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 to qualify. Email your designs to . The contest is open to everyone, whether or not you have participated in the past, so give it a shot.

The results will be published by midnight on Sunday, November 7th, 2010, and the next challenge will be announced at that time.

Please be sure to include a web site URL that we can link to if your design makes it into the top 5 list.

With your ambigram submissions, please include a brief answer to the following: Why is this character/movie your favorite, and why was this your choice for the ambigram?

Happy Ambigramming!

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  1. Since you can’t submit previously publiched work to the context, I’ll just leave here two ambigrams I made some time ago that I think would have been a good entry to this contest…

    The Simpsons:


    I’ll see if I can come with some new ideas for this competition…


  2. Amazing challange!!!!!Great!!!

  3. Those are great designs, Hoemro!

  4. That’s nice!!!

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