Ambigram Challenge: Couples RingJun 22nd, 2010 | By Editor | Category: A.C.A.C., News
Win This Titanium Ring With Your Ambigram Design!
You are going to love this challenge!
For this challenge, you get to create an ambigram of a couple you know (perhaps you and your partner, the names of your kids or some friends of yours), and if your design is the contest winner, you will get an actual aerospace-grade titanium ring created with your design deep-engraved and anodized directly into the metal (a $229 value!). This is our most valuable prize yet.
Ed Ferguson of Cascadia Design Studio, a maker of titanium rings, has generously offered to create a ring containing the winning design for the next contest and to ship it to the winner! All costs are paid.
Since this is a really nice prize, we want to make sure that the ground rules for the contest are clear.
- The ambigram needs to be a different name in each orientation (a “symbiotogram”). It could be you and your partner, two of your kids, the names of a special bride and groom to be (wow, what a great gift!), etc.
- Please don’t waste the prize: Make sure that you actually know 2 people with these names so the ring will have a good home (OK, we can’t actually verify this, so you will be on the honor system here)
- Please submit no more than your 1 or 2 best entries, 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.
- In fact, to better track the designs, please name your submissions as follows:[NAME]-[DESIGN].jpg
For example, “Worhol-CampbellsSoup.jpg“
Otherwise, it can be easy to lose track of which design belongs to which artist, especially if we get a lot of submissions.
- Please submit a ring size with your submission, in case you win. This should be the ring size for the intended recipient, of course. So, think about who would be getting the ring if you win, and send us their gender and ring size with your submission. Yes, we will ideally need this up front. If that is absolutely not possible for you, you MUST get the ring size to us on the very day the contest ends.
- For this particular challenge, stick to good old black-and-white. There is no benefit to having a background, decorations or other embellishments. The design will be going on a ring, so it’s only the design that matters.
Your artwork will be cut with a tiny rotary ring cutter directly into a solid piece of high quality titanium. This is not some cheap surface etching, but a deep engraving, so you need to think about the intended use as you create your design. The rotary cutter can not produce thin lines, textures, double-lines, etc. so when you create your design think “marker pen” and not “fine lead pencil”. Designs with small loops, fine script or closely spaced lines won’t reproduce well.
This graphic of an ambigram that says “Sheri / Tony” illustrates the “widening effect” that the cutting process adds to the design in the finished ambigram ring:
We will have a guest judge on the panel for this contest: Ed Ferguson from Cascadia Design Studio (the donor of the ambigram ring prize). Ed will be scoring and ranking the design not just for artistic appeal, but also for how well the design will reproduce on a ring.
All artwork will need to be submitted by midnight on July 16th, 2010 to qualify. Email your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please name your attachment according to the rules above. 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 on August 6th, 2010 (along with an actual photo of the finished prize before it is shipped), 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. We will contact you for a shipping address if you are selected as the winner.
The results for this challenge have been posted, and are available here