Ambigrams are words written in such a manner that they can be read in more than one way -- both forwards and backwards (as in the example at the top of this page), both upright and upside-down, or as either figure or ground in a tessellation, to mention three of the most common manifestations.

These intellectual artforms were popularized some years ago by Scott Kim (in his book Inversions), Douglas Hofstadter (most notably in his books Gödel, Escher, Bach and Metamagical Themas) and John Langdon (in his book Wordplay). They have captured the imagination of thousands of followers, and many examples of ambigrams can now be found online at sites such as ambigram.com and other Googleable locations. The Hodgetts logo on my main page is an example of an inversion with rotational symmetry; it looks the same when rotated 180° around the center. Designed in 1983, it was the first ambigram I ever created.

Since then I have created ambigrams from time to time, most frequently as gifts to friends or family on wedding occasions. Each of these individual artworks uniquely combines the names of the married couple in a symmetrical relationship. I present here some examples of these wedding ambigrams (click for full-size versions):




Max & Kim
(Horizontal mirror symmetry)



Wayne & Gladys
(Horizontal mirror symmetry)



Jay & Julie
(Tessellation)



Amy & Beth
(Horizontal mirror Symmetry)



William & Melissa
(Vertical mirror symmetry)



Kate & Leslie
(Tessellation)



Heather & Andrei
(Rotational Symmetry)


Gwen & Joseph
(Rotational Symmetry)


If you are interested in having an ambigram created for yourself or for someone you know, I am available for commissioned works at reasonable rates. You may contact me at bch@efn.org.


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