1 Aug 2006

Mirror Thy Name

No, that's not a narcissistic expression. Look carefully, and you will notice it's an ambigram. If you turned the lettering upside down, it'll still read my name. The creator is the talented Balaji. His blog of ambigrams says, "Ambigrams are words of symmetry.They look the same when read upside down also.There are many types of ambigrams.I try to make ambigrams that look the same when rotated and ambigrams that read the same even on a mirror."

Balaji is passionate about creating ambigrams and does them free of cost if you request him. Do check him out.


26 comments:

Matt D. said...

That's the coolest thing I've ever seen. That poor guy is about to get buried with requests.

QUASAR9 said...

Thank you for sharing that
I do like Indian, Arabic & Oriental caligraphy, but I think hindu and sanskrit do lend themselves more to ambigrams.

So what would your namebe in english?

cesarcarlos said...

What a cool ambigram! Such an unexpected surprise. Looks great. Me wants!!! :P

Bernita said...

Very elegant!

Bhaswati said...

Isn't it cool, Matt? Since the time I saw these, I have been fascinated with ambigrams.

Quasar, thanks for dropping by my blog. :) That's an interesting observation you make about Hindu and Sanskrit names.

Bhaswati is a feminine derivative of Bhaskar, meaning sun. So my name means sunshine or radiance.

Go ahead and get your own, Cesar! Would love to see how yours turns out.

Bernita, thanks :)

Anthony J. Rapino said...

Very cool. I first saw this done in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. Not a big fan of Brown (I never even read the Divinci Code), but I did like the ambigrams.

Pass The Torch said...

That is really cool! I want one! Matt D.'s right - that guy's gonna get buried!

Thanks for stopping by my site!!

Bhaswati said...

I did hear about the Angels and Demons ambigrams, Oni. Would like to see what they look like.

Thanks, Kelly! It will be interesting to see what yours looks like.

Simran said...

Hi Bhaswati,

This is really creative and beautiful! I went to the site to request my name to be done too.

jason evans said...

I immediately thought of Angels and Demons also! Very, very cool. :D

September said...

awesomeness

Bhaswati said...

Thanks, Simran! I can't wait to see what yours looks like. With a name so beautiful, I am sure the ambigram would be no less pretty :)

Thank you, Jason :)

Esther, aren't these interesting?

Yoda said...

I just finished reading "Angels & Demons"! Other than the sixth ambigram, I didn't feel as though the first five couldn't be all that hard to forge!

Bhaswati said...

You all have got me so intrigued about the Angels and Demons ambigrams, Yoda. I have to see them now!

Scott said...

Where do you find these kinds of things? You and Flood find the coolest links.

Bhaswati said...

We lay serious emphasis on goofing off, Scott ;) Don't know if Flood will kill me for this. LOL

I really don't remember how I chanced upon Balaji's blog. But when I did, I was bowled over. I had no idea what an ambigram was until then.

Jeff said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this. :)

Yoda said...

Here is the best one (sixth in the book).

Andrea said...

That's is sooo cool. Thanks for sharing!

Bhaswati said...

Glad to share, Jeff :)

Yoda, thanks, buddy! That's an amazing ambigram.

My pleasure, South :)

vanessa said...

Cooool!!!!

Susan Abraham said...

Bhas, I don't have a suitable comment for this post so I'll look forward to your next one.
love

Bhaswati said...

Vanessa, thanks!

Susan, always glad to see you drop by :)

Efendi said...

nice shining ambigrams, just like a sun ;)

yup, ambigrams is such a great art isn't it ;)
i'm learnin' how to do it lately :P

Bhaswati said...

Welcome to my blog, Efendi :)

Good for you to be learning the art of ambigram making. Will keep hopping to your blog to check often.

By the way, I like the Efendi recipe ;)

Renee said...

Before I read your entry I didn't even know an ambigram was called an ambigram but I researched it a little bit, I looked at the website you mentioned but I also had a look at the wordplay website which I actually got to by clicking on someone else's comment. I had a look around and it has some tips on how to go about making your own ambigram: http://www.johnlangdon.net/adviceonambigrams.html
So I had a go and I've been making my own ambigrams. My favourite is the one I made for Juanita but my own one comes a close second. Anyways, I just thought I'd share.

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