Monday, October 19, 2009

atom : - A smallest particle

I was just wondering about the next theme based ambigram and no word, I repeat no word came to mind. I had announced about the theme based ambigrams in my last post but i soon realised that this was not an easy business.

I had juggled around with two,three words that were saved in my mobile. But i couldn't achieve what i wanted to put forth in front of you guys. After pondering for a long time i fixated on the word 'atom'.

I had saved this word courtesy 'wake up sid'.Now let me clarify what is 'wake up Sid', it is an Indian movie that had released last month. Ranbeer Kapoor starred with Konkanna Sen Sharma in the movie. Ranbeer had wore a t-shirt which had the cartoon character 'atom ant' printed on it. That is how i got this word.

I had no idea of making this word a theme based ambigram. I just completed the design of the word and just put the word atom in google search, and to my surprise i had found some good images that i can use for my design.Almost all the images had orbitals in it. I decided to use the 'orbitals' for my designs.

Let me first clarify what an orbital is.In physics, an orbital is where an atom revolves around the nucleus.

I tried to use the custom images from google but they had some shortcomings that I couldn't overcome. So i decided to make these orbitals myself. I used the circle feature in Inkscape and used the good old linked offset to give the design a different flavour.

The actual design of the ambigram was lot easier and took a very less time to complete. 'atom' - if u look at the design i have used the 'a' and 't' to make a 'm'. I had to make some modifications for the word 'a'. O is a natural ambigram so it was just drag and drop thing and the design was completed in minutes.

The later part ate almost an hour. I had searched for the orbitals but didn't succeed. I created the orbitals my self and added the atoms that you can see in the design.

The design looks pretty Ok. I must admit one thing to you all, i am awful at colour combinations. That's a disheartening yet it is true. But i am trying really hard to overcome this and i hope, i would improve on this front too. So that you guys don't feel that the design is tawdry.

Many thanks to inkscape and People please keep checking out my blog for new posts and your comments are welcome.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ring around RinG

In the last blog i had promised you that i would come up with a different concept. Here i am on the eve of diwali which is on of the most vibrant and exiting festival ever.

I will now be creating theme based ambigrams. This is my first attempt for this concept. Hope you all like it.

I have a habit of jotting down words in my mobile notes every time I come across them. This has helped me a lot. Due to this I have got lot many to play with.
For achieving something it is very important that one must be vigilant about that particular thing. Considering my case, i am always on my toes to grab a word irrespective of the place and time. Once i get the word my whole mind process starts in relating the words upside down. This initial thing is of utmost importance to create a design.

RinG, i came across this word when i was in a cinema hall with my friends. I had quickly saved the word in my notes folder.
If you watch carefully i have one more habit, i write the word in my post as the design is. Like in this case i have written the word RinG , R and G are capital because they are capital in the design. This depicts the visualisation that i have made in my mind.

The design is pretty simple. 'R' goes easily with 'G' and 'i' and 'n' are clubbed together. Here i have used two 'u' one straight and the other upside down. The left part of the u has a dot over it to make it a 'i', rest of the part is 'n'.

The thought about placing a ring around the word didn't come to my mind in the first place. This design was originally created in pune, on my sister's laptop.I recreated this design back home and i was just about to fix the design and this thought struck me like a lightning bolt. Why not place a ring around the word so that it would actually explain the word?
I placed a circle around the word and i wanted a ring. Linked offset came to my rescue and created the ring around the word.

The design looks pretty much sober and polished. I always think about the impact of the design on peoples mind.I have always got mixed responses. There are lot many designs that i think are clear and concise, but people don't understand them. The success of the design lies in the end user's interpretation. There is a simple principle, if they understand my design then I succeed in my efforts.

Thanks to inkscape and for giving me a pulpit to showcase my art. I would also like to thank people who visit my blog.


Monday, October 12, 2009


What does peace mean, it means serenity. A lot of people crave for this peace

In places like Afghanistan, there has been a war like situation for the past 2 decades. The war has got a severe toll on their lives and their mind. Their minds have been slogged because of the constant attacks.
This design is the tribute to these people with a hope that the war will soon end, peace will again be restored.

This design has unique angle to it. In the last to last post i had mentioned that i was not able to create ambigrams as i was away from my home town. But this ambigram design has created,completed and posted in Pune.

If you look at this design it is pretty simple and polished. E and c clubbed together to create the word p. e and a are natural ambigram so they were easy to create. I took me not more than 20 minutes to create this design.

From the next post i am planning to give a different flavour to my writing. I have not fixed the idea what i am going do but you will feel the difference in my blogs. So stay tuned guys.

As always thanks to Inkscape.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Music is one of many beautiful things gifted by god. Music can be played in any form, be it rock,soft rock,acoustic,classical etc.
People treat music as their companion when they are alone or when they are travelling. Music is also a source of motivation for a number of people.
For singers,music directors,musicians music is passion. For such people , music is a life too.
Music one of the greatest stress busters one can ever have.
Music is an integral part of my life too. When i run,i plug one end headphones in my ears and the other end into my ipod and play my favorite music. When i am frustrated music ameliorates my mental condition. When i am nostalgic i play the tracks which i used to play in my college life.
And this enables me to fly back to the golden days and cherish those moments.

Music is a gigantic domain and has a lot of impact on people's mind.

This design is a tribute to the word.I had created a design for this word and you can see that in the previous posts. But now-a-days i am in the mood of revisiting the old words and creating new and polished designs. So this is one of the design.

If you look at this design, it is really crisp and easy to understand. Creating 'S' was a really torrid task in this design. 'c' , 'i' fit well to make one part of the letter 'm'. I squeezed the 'S' in to make the 3rd line of the letter 'm'. But here the challenge was to make this 'S' look like a 's'. After battling for almost 20mins i fixed on this design and created it. The new thing in this ambigram is the creation of the letter 'u'. The design just clicked in my mind and i was able create it digitally.

Personally i was impressed by the design as this looked more like a professional and finished product.

These designs triggers the thought of making a tattoo and pasting it directly on my body.
It should be temporary tattoo so that i can use all my designs one by one.

Thanks to inkscape and


Its been a month since there is no hustle on my blog spot. I didn't have my kit to produce these ambigrams as i was away from my home town.

Today i have got a new ambigram and a non-contemporary design that suits the word.

I was just about to make an ambigram and i was searching for a potential word and i came across the word 'kingdom'. This is a very common word and most of the people would be aware of its meaning. For the people who aren't familiar with the meaning, which is a distinct possibility,Kingdom means a land or a region owned by a king or queen.

This design evolved completely on the computer. I would like to owe it to from whom i got the idea of this design.

Here if u see the words 'k' and 'i' fit well to produce a 'm'. 'o' can be used as a 'n'. Now the real deal here is all about the word 'g' and 'd'. I just mapped 'g' to 'd'. I was actually skeptical about the understanding of the ambigram as these two letters are the center pieces of the word.

An ambigram revolves around the center letter or letters. They are the corner stones for understanding of the ambigram. So here it was important to use the words 'g' and 'd' carefully.

As this word is medieval i wanted to give the design a different touch. The letters are artistic and they define the word well.

This design is courtesy of Inkscape and

Sunday, September 6, 2009

rocK on Reloaded

One more cat out of the my hat.

This time its a reincarnation of the old word but in a completely new look. The word is 'Rock On'
The word itself has rock written all over it.
'rocK on' is really a legendary word for Rockers and Musicians.

I had posted the ambigram of this word like 6 months back. But that time i was in some different mood altogether. Somehow i couldn't give justice to that word. I myself was not content with the design of the ambigram. The previous design looked more amateurish. It was not finished and was pretty unclear.

I had different design in my mind and the design was similar to what it is now. I wanted to give jazzy look to the ambigram as the word itself is jazzy. The words beautifully setup the ambigram to be created in jazzy way.

If you look at the word, it was easy to map the letters 'ocko' to 'okco'. The mapping of 'r' to 'n' was a little tricky and these two letters were actually vital in making the word look jazzy. In a way it was easy to map letter 'o' to a 'o' and the mapping of 'c' and 'k' is also decent. I didn't want to break the mapping of 'o' to 'o' as it gave a different look to the design. So the stage was set for me to use my creativity and create this ambigram.

Here again i used the custom font provided by inkscape. If you look at the letter 'r' and 'n' ,it was easy for me to create the left side of the letter 'n' by using an inverted 'r'. So the real challenge was to show the right side of the letter 'n'. I wanted people to view this right side of letter 'n' to be not connected to 'r' and if inverted, it should look like a 'n' when connected with 'r'. So i used the a symbol from the keyboard to create the letter 'n'. The symbol actually fitted well so as to complete this design.

Again many thanks to the software inkscape without whom it was not possible for me to put forth my art in front of you.

Hope you all like this design.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


A new day and a new ambigram.

The word impact means influence. Everybody is impacted by some or the other way in their life.
Be it good or bad. I was also influenced by this word and i decided to create an ambigram as a tribute to this beautiful word.

imPact :- This word came to mind when i was in the office. (Now people may think what do i really do in the office as most of the designs evolve in my mind when i am in the office. :) :) ) I didn't use any pen or paper to create this,the design just struck my mind and I convinced my self that yes this baby is done.

I have made use of the custom font that is present in 'Inkscape' to create this ambigram, to be in sync with the previous design.Now here if u see the word, i have made use of the letter 't' and added just a dot below it so that it would look like an 'i' when viewed upside down.The letters 'c' and 'a' are clubbed together to create the letter 'm'. Up till this point it was easy. But now i wanted to make the letter P to look in the same way upside down.

So i used the custom built 'c' for making the letter 'p'. Now the next challenge was the alignment of the letters. But i had lame design in my mind. So it didn't take long time to complete.

Now the next thing was the linked offset(outline), which had a lot of 'impact' on my mind once i saw it in a tutorial for inkscape on the Internet. I have really liked that thing because it gives a different flavour to the ambigram. The design looks more polished and vivid.

From the time i started using inkscape to create my ambigrams, i used the calligraphy brush to a large extent. Then i started using the curve functionality and now as the time has passed i am able to exploit more features provided by the software. I am getting more and more comfortable with the software.

Some of the terms may be abstruse to people who have not used Inkscape, my apologies to them,but here i only want to let you know about the evolution of my designs.Experience helps people to learn many things and they can apply these learnings in the future.

With all this, I'm really dubious about the amount of 'impact' that will be casted on the viewers.
Fingers crossed

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Time - Answer to all the questions

I have missed the most important word i.e time.

This design is a little different than the previous designs. This has evolved in inkscape and not on paper. No pencil and paper were used to create this ambigram.

I have made use of linked offset in this ambigram. To elaborate more on the linked offset term, see the red and the yellow outline in the ambigram. That is called linked offset.

I have used custom build letters 't' and 'i' from the font 'arial narrow' font. To complete the design i have used rectangles,curves etc.

For the first time i have united the letters and that is the reason why i was able to create the linked offset of this letters. You can expect this sort of linked offsets in future designs.

Thanks to Inkscape, without this the blog wouldn't have been created.


Hello friends

Blog count for the day is 3 :)

So guitar, a very simple ambigram with a simple design. The design of this ambigram was pretty quick. The actual design took some time.

GuiTAR, I have purposely written in this way as i have visualised the word in the given pattern.
Here only G and R are new designs rest all are contemporary designs.

Guitar is one of the favorite instrument for rockers and this ambigram post comes right after 'hourGlAsS', one of my friends band group. So i was pretty much sure that i would force the post as soon as possible.

I used Inkscape to create this ambigram, but i am not able to exploit all the features that the software has to offer. I would like to bring a professional finish for my further designs.

Life is all about learning and the learning never stops.

I would like to dedicate this design to my dear friend 'Rockrrr' - Sand-E.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Textogram - Combination of a ambigram and text

Hello friends

This time i want to present a fusion between ambigram and other text. I call it as a 'Textogram'.
This jargon is created by me so you may not find any refrencences of this on the internet.

I had always dreamt of making a watermark for my art so as to safeguard it. But at the same time i wanted this watermark to be different. The design should be something such that it can be related to the ambigram stuff. My initials are 'p' and 'd' so these are natural ambigrams. So i was hovering on to this pd design. I wanted some marquee text so that the watermark or logo would look complete.

I came across a very important piece of information about using a linked offset in inkscape.
A linked offset produces a outline for the selected object. So i used that and tried to create such thing in inkscape.

I used custom text provided by the software and i could make this logo which i think personally is very easy,vivid and beautiful.

I was succesful in procducing my watermark. A textogram

Hour Glass

Hour glass, If you look at this word it is not easy to visualise it upside down.
hour Glass now we can see the small 'h' and 's' they can
be mapped. I used the upper curve 'S' for 'h'. Mapping of 'o' to 's' is a little abstruse but it fits well here. As always 'u' and 'A' are natural one letter ambigrams so not much problem there. The mapping of r and L is also easy.

The letter 'G' was the centre letter for this ambigram and it need some embellishment. It was need to be a vivid design so that the ambigram would look natural. The design that i have used is a modification from one of the ambigrams done by Nikita Prokhorov. He had made use of the letter 'G' in a very good way, so it struck my mind to incorporate that design into my ambigram with some changes.

The design came to my mind when i was working in the office. I used a marker and desk to create a initial draft of this design. If you had seen the initial design it was not neat but it was clear. So the final design revolved around the initial design.

As always thanks to inkscape, a powerful vector drawing tool.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Craziest ambigram that i have created

Crazy the word itself has some thing crazy written all over it. So to give justice to this word i had to create it in a crazy way.
Crazy means madness or insane. The design is same as the word 'canty'. The Y is used as 'S'.
The new thing that i have done here is that i have use the Z as the stroke of R,so in a way if you invert the word it will look like the right side of alphabet R. The left side of R is clubbed with c to
make it as a inverted 'y'. The design of A is some thing different. It fits well here.
Enough of the talking let me present the ambigram CRAZY

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Just yesterday i was surfing on net, i came across a site There i read interviews of famous ambogramists such as John Langdon, Mark Palmer,Kim Scott etc.

In Scott kim's interview he mentioned about calligraphy and typography. Calligraphy is a art of good hand writing. Calligraphy helps us to learn new fonts and it is a way by which we can enhance out innovations and creations.

So people who are intrested in Ambigrams can learn art of calligraphy and start innovating

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Newest Ambigrams

Change is permanent.....
I have been not making ambigrams since a long time... There were many designs in my mind but i was just not able to put them on PC...
Finaly i am with new a set of ambigrams...

1) Triumph

This ambigrams look much more beautiful on paper. It looks little bit clumsier here.

2) Rider

3) Canty (it dosen't mean anything it's just a nickname)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rendezvous with Ambigrams

Ambigram - ambi means bi and gram means word
The first ambigram i came across was 'Illuminati' . People from abmigram world would know the origin of this word. But for the people who don't know the origin of this word let me tell you where this has come from.This word has come from the famous book 'Angels and Demons' written by Dan Brown. John Langdon was the creator of this Ambigram. John Langdon is by far the best ambigram designer i have ever come across.He has created the famous Illuminati diamond consisting of four words Fire,Earth,Water and Air.

The Origin

Ambigrams have been independently invented by a number of artists. According to John Langdon, ambigrams were independently invented by himself and by Scott Kim in the 1970s. Langdon and Kim are probably the two artists who have been most responsible for their popularization, but other artists, notably Robert Petrick, who designed the Angel logo, claim to be independent inventors. Some earlier ambigrams are known, but each of the artists created those ambigrams created only one or a few.

My Motivation

I read angels and Demon's and was instantly fascinated by this art and developed a special interest about this art.Firstly i started creating these on paper and created a lot of ambigrams.But then i was always confused by the fact of uploading them on pc or creating them digitally.

I tried to create them using Ms Paint but it had a lot of limitations.Then i came across a blog from a ambigramist Nikita Prokhorov and got lot of suggestions on how to create them.

Initially it was a little hard to create them.I couldn't innovate much.My imagination was also limited.But I found a wonderful site named Palmer a leading ambigram tattoo artist is the author of this website.He has some pre-created custom designs which are really fascinating and eye-catching. This Site got my thoughts rolling and i started to innovate in my designs. I started finding words which were easy to convert to a ambigram. The more i created ambigrams more comfortable i got with words.

The key to creating ambigrams is just playing with words.You need to be comfortable with words.For instance when i look at a word, i visualize that word upside down in my mind. Then i have a raw design of that word.Anybody can create ambigrams it is just a matter of practice

I think design of an ambigram is the perception of the creator. It is not mandatory that the viewer will have the same perception.Some of the ambigrams that are created by professionals are abstruse.They have a design in their mind and they put it on paper.The beauty is revealed when we keenly decipher the design.At that point of time we are amazed by the perception of the creator.So a person new to the ambigram world may not understand that word in the first go until and unless the design is pretty clear.

So people who are keen to jump into this art are welcome.

You can drop in a mail to or

I am uploading some of my ambigrams,please put in your views about the ambigrams.
1) Tryst
2) God

3) Zenith


5) yash

6) Ajit

7) Life

8) Machine

9) Rock On

10) Inspire

11) Survive

12) Mystry 13) Music