I remember very well my first two ambigram attempts. It was September 3rd, 2003. I drew them both on the same night (as I couldn’t sleep). The first was a “Mabey” to “Mabey” design (rotational) and the second was a “Clayton” to “Clayton” design (also rotational). Earlier that day, my dad introduced me to Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” novel. He was offering it up as a great read. Well obviously, I couldn’t make it past the front cover. I had never seen an ambigram before, and John Langdon’s design blew me away. I think I still suffer from an elbow injury caused by turning the book over and over and over all day long. I was completely dumbfounded. I was hooked.
I have always enjoyed drawing. I remember going through a period in my teenage years where I would draw pictures with letters. I would write the letters in such a way that they would represent simple shapes and together would become faces or other objects. I also took a part time job in high school as a calligrapher. I would number the inside flaps (XX of XX) of limited edition leather-bound books. Then, life got busy. There was a period of about 8 years where I almost completely neglected my right brain. I attended and graduated from from the University of Utah in Electrical Engineering, managed a branch office for a consulting engineering firm and also taught electrical apprenticeship & mathematics part time at a local college. Doesn’t quite sound like the typical life of an “artist”. Here’s the wonderful thing…I am fortunate to love my “real” job and my career choice in Electrical Engineering, I have simply decided to no longer neglect the other half of my brain. Speaking of “other half”, I am the lucky husband to my amzaing wife, Libby, and we are raising our 3 beautiful children. Life is still very busy, but I try to fill the idle moments with these ambigram designs. I was born to doodle.
I have now created hundreds of ambigrams. Most are hand drawn sketches, many of which have been converted to a digital format using AutoCAD. Of course, I continue to dabble in familiar artistic areas, including portraiture drawings and standard logo design, but have now branched into other endeavors such as wooden models, puzzle & maze creation and even game inventing (coming soon), but again and again, ambigrams draw me back because of their complexity, the mystery of resolving uncommon letter combinations, and the fun of making intricate artistic creations for others.
My experience and proficiency has reached a point where I offer these services professionally. I create ambigrams as company logos, family symbols, and entertaining personal ambigrams for special occasions.
Please note that the time I have to spend on ambigram design is limited due to time committments that I currently have as an engineer. I will either design in the evenings or on weekends.
If you would like your own custom ambigram or would like to purchase a design that has already been created, please click on the following link and follow the 10 step process…