Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DIY: JP-Ida Ambigram

Ambigram - a typographical design or artform that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint, direction or orientation.(wikipedia)

I recently saw a friend who just had an ambigram of his kids' names tattooed in his back and I thought to myself, "How cool is that?!"  Imagine seeing some new kind of font that you've never seen before, then turning it around to find the same word, sometimes a new one, still readable.  Since then, my fascination with ambigrams started.

Now that I'm getting married, I know that most paper materials to be used will require my and my fiance's monograms.  I've seen some services in the net that can make one for you for a fee.  But I'm not into monograms. And I'm definitely not one to shell out P500 bucks just to have our initials designed. And, ok fine, I have lots of time in my hands anyways.  So I summed up some courage, told myself that I can be creative enough to come up with something, and decided to design our very own ambigram from nothing.  Here's the raw sketch:

This side says jp.  Can you read it?

If you turn it upside down, here's what it looks like:

It says idA.

Pretty neat, huh? It still needs some polishing and maybe a little bit decor to give it more oomph.  JP said he'll bring it to a graphic designer friend to tweak it.  I'm planning to include this in our invites, but still figuring out how to do it so the guests can easily guess that they are supposed to turn it upside down to read my/ his name. Any suggestions? :)

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