I first got into these after seeing a book called Wordplay by John Langdon (2005). He created the ambigrams for Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons. I found them totally fascinating and of course attempted my own, starting with names of friends and family.
This is one of my earliest creations and I really like the typeface. It shows that libraries are not boring stuffy places
I create my ambigrams by first sketching possible solutions. Then I look for a typeface that has most letters to fit one of those solutions and hopefully characterises the person or the word.
I use Illustrator to create them and I tend not to add colour, so that I can see how well the word works. I try not to deviate too far from the original letter, and make changes/additions using parts of other characters in the same typeface.
My priority is to have something that is readable. Many ambigrams are created these days, and quite a few are completely unreadable.
How to get one
I create free custom ambigrams (subject to there being no deadline). If you can’t wait, or want a gothic style, visit www.flipscript.com The home of the ambigram generator, created by Mark Hunter and now uses a new Fyrewater font designed by John Langdon.
I have a waiting list which you can see on my facebook page. For updates, follow my blog, twitter stream, or facebook page.
If you like my designs you can buy them on T-shirts, badges and keyrings.