Ambigram Magazine http://www.ambigram.com a different point of view Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:28:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Nikita’s New Direction http://www.ambigram.com/nikitas-direction http://www.ambigram.com/nikitas-direction#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:05:11 +0000 Editor http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3591  
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Nikita Prokhorov

Nikita Prokhorov

For the regular contributors of Ambigram.com, Nikita Prokhorov needs no introduction.  His frequent posts, commentary and quirky sense of humor have been a part of Ambigram.com for years.

One of my favorite attributes of Nikita is how it always seemed that whatever the latest ambigram challenge was, it always seemed to be the most challenging one ever.  Although sometimes his puns were groaners, they did always bring a smile to my face.

That being said, I am sad to report to the Ambigram.com community that Nikita will no longer be writing for Ambigram.com, as he has decided to work independently to pursue his publishing and design career.  Through Nikita’s ambigram articles, ACAC ambigram challenges, Quick Draws, and connections with the ambigram artists, he was able to bring together and get to know the ambigram community, which in return brought about a lot fun interactions on Ambigram.com.

Nikita said:
“This was a hard decision for me to make, but in the end, I felt that it would be best that I discontinued my association with Ambigram.com in order to pursue the full range of my artistic talents.  I have made some really great friends through Ambigram.com, and I’ve enjoyed working with Mark Hunter, the owner and editor of Ambigram.com.”

Please join me in wishing Nikita the best of luck in his future.

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FlipScript Ambigram Tattoos Available http://www.ambigram.com/flipscript-ambigram-tattoos http://www.ambigram.com/flipscript-ambigram-tattoos#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 05:01:20 +0000 Editor http://www.ambigram.com/?p=2028 ambigram tattoos from the ambigram generator in two different font styles, created by Ambigram.com artists.]]> Ambigram Tattoos

Ambigram tattoos are now available from FlipScript in two different font styles. Previously, FlipScript was focused solely on personalized products, but due to a change in its business environment, the company is now able to offer ambigram tattoos using artwork from some of the world’s premier ambigram artists.

Stop by the site to try creating your own ambigram tattoos.

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Ambigram Challenge 04 – Discoveries That Changed History http://www.ambigram.com/acac042012 http://www.ambigram.com/acac042012#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:19:35 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3469

Sharpen those pencils & get your Microns and Sharpie markers ready! This next challenge is 100% hand-drawn! Why? Because the last hand-drawn challenge was such a success that we couldn’t resist bringing it back for another round!!

The Topic

This challenge will focus on discoveries and inventions that changed the world & its history. The word (or phrase!) that you choose can focus on the inventor/discoverer themselves, the invention/discovery itself, the phrase uttered that has since been associated with that discovery, or a combination of all of the above.

Challenge Rules & File Submission Details

All designs should be submitted by Sunday, August 19th. The results will be posted within a week.

1. Please send the submission files to nikita@ambigram.com.
2. Please send JPG or GIF files only, no more than 2 megabytes in size. 
3. Save the files in the following format. “number of submission_your name_acac042012? Example: 01_johnsmith_acac042012.
4. All entires submitted have to be final. You are not allowed to send in multiple revisions throughout the course of the challenge.
5. You are allowed to submit 4 designs. Please don’t keep sending multiple revisions after you send the initial one.

If you have any questions, post them in the comment section on this page or email nikita@ambigram.com. Note: Please keep the discussion/comments civil and respectful. If you have any issues or concerns, please address them via email and not in the comment section of this article.

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Real World Ambigram – The End Design Conference http://www.ambigram.com/real-world-ambigram-the-end-design-conference http://www.ambigram.com/real-world-ambigram-the-end-design-conference#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:59:29 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3456 amazing ambigram which was used as a brand mark for the conference. Read more about it!]]> The End: An Apocalyptic Celebration of Graphic Design was a design conference took place from the 24th to 25th of May. While the conference itself seemed like it was an fun event, with its amazing lineup of speakers and activities, we at Ambigram.com were drawn to the ambigram identity for the conference. ‘The End’ ambigram served as a brandmark for the entire event and was used for backdrops, signs, and other event-related materials. The folks at the studio responsible for the event, Golpeavisa, were kind enough to share their process and answer a few questions regarding the ambigram created for the conference. [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by and property of Golpevisa. We have permission to post them here for the purposes of this article only. For any other use, please contact the artist.]

Ambigram.com I think we can start this interview with the most predictable question: Why did you choose an ambigram as the main logomark for ‘The End’ design conference? Was it a choice from the start, or did the design evolve into the ambigram as the process progressed?
Golpevisa Well, to tell you the truth, we weren’t looking for an ambrigam at first. We started with regular logo sketches, but as we progressed with the design, we found that we were not accomplishing what we wanted to tell. To put you in context, we live in Maya territories, and the Mayans predicted the end of “something” in 2012, (That’s why people started to say it was the end of the world). We believe it’s only the end of a “cycle”, so we asked ourselves, Why not an ambigram? Since that was a very good way in which we could represent the turning around, the cycles and eras of the mayans, and also the ‘never ending’ quality of an ambigram gave us a good counterbalance to the weight of the ‘The End’ name.

Complicated? Yes. Fun? A lot.

Ambigram.com Before creating the ambigram for the conference, have you created any other ambigrams? If yes, would it be possible to see examples of them?
Golpevisa This one was our first one.

Ambigram.com What was the most difficult part about creating the identity for this conference and developing the ambigram?
Golpevisa Legibility.

Ambigram.com After the ambigram was introduced and seen by conference attendees, what was the response to it? Did everyone know what an ambigram was?
Golpevisa Pretty much everybody liked it, from the name to the ambigram.

Ambigram.com Who is your favorite ambigram artist?
Golpevisa We didn’t really know any artists before hand, the answer has to be John Langdon.

Ambigram.com What is your favorite ambigram?
Golpevisa We always loved Earth, Air, Fire, Water from John Langdon.

Dear folks at Golpevisa, thank you for doing this interview with Ambigram.com and giving us some insight into your process. 
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Quick Draw 5 http://www.ambigram.com/qd05 http://www.ambigram.com/qd05#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:10:33 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3382 This Quick Draw the artists were challenged in two different ways. They had to tackle a difficult word…and they had to do the Quick Draw completely by hand! Take a look at their work, and tell us (and the artists) what you think! [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]

Anoop Pai

When I saw the word that had to be ambigrammed, I thought Nikita was mocking me, as he knows how big a devotee I am of Federer. but he wasnt and I was more than happy to be a part of this challenge.

I think this is the first quick draw challenge with a rule! the ambigram had to be hand drawn. But that really wasnt a problem to me because I only hand draw my works. The toughest part for me was to come up with a fresh solution as I had already done a “Federer” ambigram earlier.

And as you all can see from the rough draft, its all chaotic. But thats how I work. I keep doodling, scribbling, jotting, scrawling, squiggling and keep getting different different ideas. In other words, order from chaos as Robert Langdon said in Lost Symbol. Once I get a satisfactory solution I proceed to the final solution which is just drawing the rough one little better.

All in all I had a fun time drawing the ambigram of the person I worship. What was even wonderful was that I finished the ambigram just when Federer finished Nicholas Mahut.

Jennifer Thorne

I wanted to use this quick draw to work on my block lettering – it’s been a weakness of mine for a while.  I think I was relatively successful.  The hardest part was definitely the E; I desperately wanted to make it uppercase, as mixed case ambigrams tend to make me twitchy.

However, the E kept looking like an I to me, and I hated that even more, so I had the idea to make the lower-case Es look like tennis balls.  Again, I think I was relatively successful.  I can’t wait to see what my competition came up with!

 
Dear Jen and Anoop, thank you for participating in this month’s Quick Draw! If anyone else wants to participate in a future Quick Draw, email nikita@ambigram.com with the subject line “I want to Quick Draw!”
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Ambigram Challenge 03 – Submissions http://www.ambigram.com/acac032102s http://www.ambigram.com/acac032102s#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 17:26:00 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3316 Here are all the submissions for Ambigram Challenge 03! The entries are posted anonymously, but you are welcome to reveal yourself as the artist. However, it is a lot more fun (and generates a lot more discussion!) if the audience tries to guess who the artists are! The winner will be contacted after the sponsor selects the winning design: the article showcasing the design will be posted a few days later. Enjoy the work! [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]

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Quick Draw 04 – Face to Face http://www.ambigram.com/qd04 http://www.ambigram.com/qd04#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:19:15 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3292 What better way to conduct an ambigram challenge than in person? We couldn’t think of any other way, and apparently, neither could Sharath and Anoop, two very frequent contributors & participants on Ambigram.com. They recently met up in Bangalore and conducted a face-to-face Quick Draw. Take a look at their work below!  [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]

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Sharath’s Experience

Anoop had plans to visit Bangalore from last 2-3 months. So, a face to face QD between Anoop and me was likely to happen. On 14th April it did happen. My friend suggested a park as the venue instead of a coffee shop. The idea looked refreshing to both Anoop and me. So we decided to meet at cubbon park, one of the old parks in Bangalore.

We exchanged some ambigram thoughts and spent some time seeing each other’s hand drawn ambigrams.

Since this was a planned face to face QD, I had come prepared with A3 size white sheets and sketch pens along with me. Both of us had come with our friends. They suggested some 4 words and we decided to pick the word by preparing chits. To an ambigrammist’s luck or bad luck we got the word ‘OSMOSIS’. Three ‘S’ and two ’O’ in a word but positioned very badly. We both decided to take up this challenge.

When I wrote down the word, my first thought was to make use of natural ambigram ‘S’. That strategy left me with ‘O/iS’ and ‘M/O’. I didn’t attempt too many possible combinations but started figuring out the lettering style that could suit my letter combination. I thought sharp edged design should pretty well but my hand drawn skills proved it wrong. So I went for smooth curves for my final version. The whole process took me precisely 20 mins.

Anoop’s Experience

Ever since the first face to face quick draw was posted on ambigram.com, I became impatient to have one myself with my good friend and my mentor Sharath. Although I was planning to catch up to him since February, I couldn’t visit his city until Friday the 13th, April 2012.

We both decided to meet up in the city’s most picturesque location- “the cubbon park”. both of us were accompanied by a friend who did the most difficult part for us- selecting the word. 4 words were suggested and ultimately OSMOSIS was the word which got selected.

I know most people follow a certain order and method which helps them in tackling the words. But not me. I just go with the flow, with the first idea that strikes my mind. As soon as I came to know that OSMOSIS was to be done, the S overlapping O solution got imprinted on my mind and I stuck to that. After twitching and tweaking, adding and erasing, I managed to come up with a solution which was in no means legible, but still I liked it.

Sharath & Anoop, thank you for a great face-to-face Quick Draw! To everyone else: If you would like to participate, please email me to nikita@ambigram.com, and in the subject line, put the phrase “I want to Quick Draw”

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Ambigrams on NPR http://www.ambigram.com/ambigrams-on-npr http://www.ambigram.com/ambigrams-on-npr#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:41:41 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3287 NPR.org recently posted a great article on ambigrams called The Delights Of Reading Upside Down. It features fantastic work by John Langdon & Scott Kim. Take a look at the article…it is a great read!

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Ambigram Challenge 03 http://www.ambigram.com/acac032012 http://www.ambigram.com/acac032012#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:31:51 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3273 The dust hasn’t even settled from our previous sponsored challenge…and we have another sponsored challenge for our amazing ambigram community. It may be the most difficult one yet!

Challenge Details

For this challenge, the sponsor has two words they would like to see turned into ambigrams.

• God/Jesus – Symbiotogram
• Holy Spirit – Rotational ambigram

Challenge Rules & File Submission Details

Since this is a sponsored challenge, it will be judged exclusively by the sponsor of the contest. All designs should be submitted by Sunday, May 20th, and the judging will take place soon after. Results will be posted as soon as the sponsor has selected the winner(s). Cash prizes to immediately follow.

We will send a boilerplate document to the winner(s) that simply assigns the copyright of the design to the sponsor. Sending the document & the artwork files back to the client will be the condition of the payout.

1. Please send the submission files to nikita@ambigram.com.
2. Please send JPG or GIF files only, no more than 2 megabytes in size. After the winner is selected, you may be asked to send a high resolution vector file to the sponsor, so make sure you have that available.
3. Save the files in the following format. “number of submission_your name_acac032012? Example: 01_johnsmith_acac032012.
4. All entires submitted have to be final. You are not allowed to send in multiple revisions throughout the course of the challenge.
5. You are allowed to submit 2 designs. Please don’t keep sending multiple revisions after you send the initial one.

Prize(s)

There will be only one winner declared for this challenge. The winning design will receive $250USD.

If you have any questions, post them in the comment section on this page or email nikita@ambigram.com. Note: Please keep the discussion/comments civil and respectful. If you have any issues or concerns, please address them via email and not in the comment section of this article.

 

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Magic Man Ambigram Challenge 2 Results http://www.ambigram.com/acac022012-r http://www.ambigram.com/acac022012-r#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:14:53 +0000 Nikita http://www.ambigram.com/?p=3248 The results of the Magic Man Ambigram Challenge 2 are in! It took some time to go through all the submissions, as there was a lot of fantastic work. Take a look at the winning selections, feel free to discuss, and most of all…enjoy the work! [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]

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On behalf of Dan Chan and Ambigram.com, thank you to all the fantastic artists for participating in this Ambigram Challenge!

Upcoming News
• The next sponsored challenge will be posted by the end of the day Sunday. Keep an eye out for it!
• A new Quick Draw (already finished) is on the horizon, as well as an interview with a fantastic designer & ambigram artist: the interview will be done in two languages. Stay tuned!
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