“Where In The World?” Ambigram Challenge ResultsJun 16th, 2010 | By Nikita | Category: A.C.A.C., Feature, News
The results are finally in!
The ‘Where In The World‘ ACAC challenge has been one of the best we’ve seen! We received more than 30 entries, and almost half of them were new participants! This can only be attributed to the success of the previous challenges and all the fantastic work that has been submitted by the artists.
For this challenge, we don’t know what to be more ecstatic about more: the number of entries, the wonderful quality of the work, or all of the above! It is quite challenging to select the top ambigram, because every single submission has some quality that isn’t found in any of the other entries, and each ambigram has its own unique style.
[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.]
1. John Langdon - http://www.johnlangdon.net/
This ambigram is beautiful, and probably one of the finest ambigrams ever created. Not only is the ambigram formed from the city and its description, but the complexity is mind-boggling. One can only imagine the time involved in creating such a design. Not only is the solution impressive, but the lettering strokes have been tweaked to perfection, with nothing noticeably out of place. John made all the right decision in terms of design & aesthetics, and has shown us once again how a master practices his craft.
2. Elwin Gill – http://elwin-gill-designs.com/
The hand-rendering here is exquisite, and that is part of the charm and appeal of this ambigram. Too often artists & designers forget to step away from the computer, stop relying on technology, and pick up a pencil & paper. Elwin does just that, and this is the first completely hand-rendered submission to place in the top 5 list. Fantastic job Elwin!
3. Bastian Pinnenberg – http://unterart.wordpress.com/
4. Scott Kim - http://www.scottkim.com/
San Francisco seemed to be a popular pick for this challenge, with another artist making it into the top 5 with the same city choice. This is another beautiful submission from Scott Kim, another well-known name in the ambigram world. This ambigram is a perfect example of how well-executed lettering can make an ambigram stand on its own, without depending on additional elements or decorations.
5. Michael Irving – http://michaelirvingambigrams.blogspot.com/
The top 5 is rounded off by Michael Irving. It wasn’t necessarily the quality of the ambigram that put this one into the top 5, but the challenge that Michael took on in attempting it. New York City is a challenging city name to turn into an ambigram, and Michael does it quite well using his signature style. He has become a consistent contributor throughout the ambigram challenges, and his style has developed quite nicely over the course of his submissions.
With the top 5 ambigrams selected above, here are 5 more “honorable mention” ambigrams without comments to round off the top 10.
6. Renzo Bongocan – http://www.behance.net/Zoner
8. Daniel Dostal – http://daneel75.wordpress.com/
9. Daan Juttmann – http://dahtamnay.blogspot.com/
10. Dave Bailey – http://www.davebailey.us/
We would like to thank all the participants in this challenge. It proved to be another great round of ambgirams!
Next Challenge: Ambigram Couples Ring
Design an ambigram couples ring, and if your design is the contest winner, you will receive an actual aerospace grade titanium ring deep-engraved with your design! This is our best contest prize yet, so don’t miss your chance to win this beauty.
Just be sure to read the instructions, as the judging is partially based on your ability to follow directions.
Check out the Ambigram Couples Ring Challenge.