MAYA ambigram

dave bailey's picture

I was approached by my soon to be published literary magazine at school to do an ambigram for the mast head. I figured I'd at least have a go at it...and decided that I would like to end up in a scripty/flowing style since the magazine is all about writing. I plan to put a sub head under it, clarifying the magazine ie. Drexel University Student Literary Magazine or just Student Literary Magazine. Just wanted to see what you all thought. I was quite excited about the construction of the M and the overall was John Langdon. Thanks!

Alessandro Segalini's picture

It is very nice. My eye stops in the middle of the left curly leg of the M.


gabrielhl's picture

That's great, congratulations!
For a piece of lettering to be considered an ambigram, is it enough for it to read the same both "ways", or do the shapes have to be simmetric too?

I keep thinking it would be interesting to do something which reads, ie, "MAYA" both ways, but where the shapes aren't necessarily simmetrical.

dave bailey's picture

AS: Thanks!

gabrielhl: For more info about ambigrams I suggest you visit my professor's website: as he invented this form of type a number of years ago.

engelhardt's picture

That link should be:

David, I'm a tad bit envious that you have such a talented teacher...

dave bailey's picture

oi thanks...yeah John is like a mentor to me. He definitely inspired my love for type, and now I get to work with him which is also exciting!

timd's picture

I think that you could use a little more space between the M and A as the join looks a little cramped. The ball terminal at the top of the M seems to conflict with the one below it, I wonder if you could do without one of them. You could also have a looser swash on the A,Y and make a more comfortable join between the verticals. Are you intending to use it in the middle of the front cover with the sub rotated?

Miss Tiffany's picture

David, this is very nice. The nice inky feeling in the M and the last A ... I wonder if the A and Y in the middle could have a tad more? For instance the crossbar in the A seems so thin, but also seems to have more opportunity in it.

dave bailey's picture

I've heeded some of the are two new versions.

Top Version:
• Width of M increased
• Space between M/A combo increased

Bottom Version:
• Width of M increased
• Space between M/A combo increased
• Coat hanger terminal discarded on last 'down stroke' of M
• Slightly increased weight of 'crossbar' strokes that form the A

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