Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Doodle Bug

The day I started this blog, I knew this entry was coming. And thank Palkush for that. He turned my word upside down for the first time at a sleepy "Introduction to Physics Laboratory" Class, and there's been no looking back (only upside down). Yes, that was the first time I saw an ambigram. 

For the uninitiated, an ambigram (short for "ambiguous anagram") is a design which may be read as the same word/phrase (or sometimes two different words/ phrases) when oriented in two different ways. The other orientation may be obtained by 180 degree rotation, or sometimes by lateral inversion (taking the mirror image). Here is my latest creation:

Try reading the following "from the left" as well as "from the right":

Albeit a very primitive form of ambigram, lacking any "artistic" feel the first time one sees it, being a full name ambigram makes it a bit special. But of course, a full name ambigram is not for everyone, or so claims Protik Roychowdhuri.

Ambigramming (Did I just invent the word?) is a very creative use of your doodle time. Not only does it give your head a spin, it forms a great gift, and may serve some other useful purposes as well.



Adrien said...

Why as if you haven't used it for your own special purpose eh?

Protik Roychowdhury said...

i repeat.. its not for every name... (and its roychowdhurY not roychowdhurI)