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The Space Between

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What are ambigrams?
An ambigram is a word that can be read in more than one way or from more than a single vantage point. From the Latin ambi meaning both and gram meaning letter. Other terms for these include Inversions and Designatures.

The different types of ambigram

Rotation
A word that when rotated (Usually by 180º) it reads the same or another, usually related, word.
Chain Rotation
Similar to a rotation, where the word doesn't rotate onto itself exactly.
Reflection (Glass Door)
A word written in such a way that if you were to look at it in a mirror it would read the same,
Totem Reflection
Using the concept of reflection these words are read vertically similar to a totem pole.
Spinonym
Each letter of a spinonym is created using the same shape, rotated or reflected.
Perceptual Shift
These words require no rotation or reflection. They have two meanings depending on how you look at it.

My Inspiration
My first encounter with ambigrams came when reading Dan Brown's book, Angels & Demons. The ambigrams in the book by John Langdon inspired me to try and create ambigrams of my own. At first my ideas were basic or very hard to read. It's taken a while but the designs on this website are some of the best of the hundreds of ambigrams i've created. For an extra bit of inspiration John Langdon's book 'Wordplay' and Scott Kim's book 'Inversions' are fantastic for giving me new ideas.