The different types of ambigrams include:
- Natural: A word or a phrase that is naturally an ambigram, such as: mom-wow, or bud, which is a natural -mirror ambigram.
- Rotational: A word or a phrase that looks the same when rotated 180 degrees.
- Mirror: A word or a phrase that you can read with a mirror, backwards or forwards.
- Figire-ground: A word or a phrase in which the spaces between the letters of one word form another word.
- Perceptual shift: A word or a phrase that can look like two different words or phrases when interpreted in a different way.
- 3-dimensional: A design where an object is presented that will appear to read several letters or words when viewed from different angles, ussually with the illusion that light is shining through the object and making a shadow on a wall.
Below is a 3-d ambigram.
(I will add on to this post every once-and-a-while)
This is a tutorial on how to make one-word ambigrams. The first thing you have to know is that there are multiple forms of each letter. Take ‘A’ for example: A A a. And so when making ambigrams you have to play with the letters alot to make them look the samewhen they are turned upside down. You also have to make illusions to the eye. Each letter of this ambigram of the name Kate does not look like a letter, but the word itself looks like a word.
It can also help to put a box around your ambigram, like in this ambigram here:
Without the box, instead of looking like the word ‘ambigram’ it would look like the word ‘ambigran’, which is definetly not what the creator of the ambigram wanted.
There are a number of letters that flip over easily, including H, I, N, S, X, and Z. But most of the time you are making ambigrams you will find that you will need to find letters that, when flipped, are different letters. That is the hardest thing about making ambigrams. But if you just surf the web and look at ambigrams, you will find that it is alot easier to make them. For example: If you are making an ambigram of the word ‘melt’ but you can’t join ‘e’ and ‘l’ nicely, but you find an ambigram of the word ‘melt’ and ‘e’ and ‘l’ are joined nicley in that ambigram, you can use their ‘e’ and ‘l’ connection in your ambigram.
Alot of the ambigrams that you see on the web are very intricate, like the ambigram below of the word revelation. I think that it isn’t nessesary to make you ambigrams intricate, and doing that can sometimes ruin the ambigram. In some cases, though, It can make the ambigram very nice. The reason I’m saying this is because I am not a big fan of making my ambigrams like that, and I like to stick with the simple.
There are a few different types of ambigrams. I mostly use the rotational type, but sometimes the mirrored type comes in handy. Those are the two main ambigram types. Ambigram.net‘s main gallery has a nice collection of rotational ambigrams. I suggest you look at the site.