17 May 2011

World’s First Ambigram Generator

THE ART OF AMBIGRAMS or INVERSIONS

Ambigram.com stated that the first AMBIGRAM generator in the world online born in 1996. It says still free until today to use online on their website generator. Other Ambigram generator have cost to flip those words you may like to upgrade its form or stylish the way want. Although interesting to know that INVERSIONS was born from an independent artist Scott Kim in 1975. It was Douglas Hofstadter who first coined the word "ambigram" as the generic word for "inversions".

What is Ambigram?

UsingEnglish.com definition:
"An ambigram is a word that can be read from different angles, like or MOW or NOON that can be turned through 180 degrees and still be read as the same words."

John Langdon has an interesting definition. He's an American graphic artist most known for his work developing ambigrams according to DesignInterviews.com
"An ambigram is a word (or name) that can be read with equal ease from more than one vantage point. To me, a logo that has two symmetrical letters or a graphic image that looks the same from more than one vantage point have ambigrammatic qualities, but are not ambigrams, per se. (personal and hair splitting, I know…) Further, though, I think that an ambigram must be readable without an accompanying typeset version of the word, and the letters must not be tortured in complete disregard for their heritage. An image that is symmetrical, but is not attractive or readable, is not, in my opinion, an ambigram."

Here is "Collection Of First" Ambigram generated online for free:

There are 12 Types of Ambigram from Wikipedia.com
Animated ambigram of the word "ambigram&q...Image via Wikipedia1. Rotational
    A design that presents several instances of words when rotated through a fixed angle.

2. Mirror-image
    A design that can be read when reflected in a mirror, usually as the same word or phrase both ways.
3. Figure-ground
    A design in which the spaces between the letters of one word form another word.
4. Chain
    A design where a word (or sometimes words) are interlinked, forming a repeating chain.
5. Space-filling
    Similar to chain ambigrams, but tile to fill the 2-dimensional plane.
6. Spinonym
    An ambigram in which all the letters are made of the same glyph, possibly rotated and/or inverted.
7. Fractal
    A version of space-filling ambigrams where the tiled word branches from itself and then shrinks in a self-similar manner, forming a fractal.
8. 3-dimensional
    A design where an object is presented that will appear to read several letters or words when viewed from different angles.
9. Perceptual shift (also called an oscillation)
    A design with no symmetry but can be read as two different words depending on how the curves of the letters are interpreted.
10. Natural
    A natural ambigram is a word that possesses one or more of the above symmetries when written in its natural state, requiring no typographic styling.
11. Symbiotogram[citation needed]
    An ambigram that, when rotated 180 degrees, can be read as a different word to the original, e.g., swoop and dooms.
12. Multi-lingual
    An ambigram that can be read one way in one language and another way in a different language.

More from Gef's Ambigram Gallery Links:
 http://www.gef.free.fr/ambigallery.html

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