I am always fascinated with ambigrams because of the intricacies involved in creating it. It is so interesting how the eye transforms the lines to become the letters of the name you are reading.
About the Ambigram for John Mayer, 2010
This optical illusion by John is an example of rotational ambigram. This is a type of ambigram that can be read in another way when rotated by a fixed angle. This is a common type which can be rotated 180 degrees. John has created this one form John Mayer in such a way that it looks the same even when it is read upside-down.
About the Artist
John Langdon is both a prolific artist and graphic designer. He is also a writer and typography professor at Drexel University. Since 1995 he has taken his visual-verbal meditations and manipulations to canvas. He has been a renowned creator of ambigrams. In fact, you can find one of his notable works in Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, Angels & Demons. He has been a freelance logo designer, type specialist, and lettering artist. He also worked in the photo-lettering department of a type house. He got an excellent graphic design education from the pages of art director’s annuals and design publications. He has a brilliant mind to bring together his interests in language, symmetry, illusion, philosophy, and physics. Most of his ambigrams read the same when turned upside down or rotated 180 degrees. There is no doubt that John’s specialty is making abstract concepts through words, letters, and symbols. As an artist, he believes that language, philosophy and science are intertwined into the design of words which are manipulated to generate startling illusions.
Thank you John Langdon for granting us the permission to share and post your surreal art illusion. If you wish to learn more about his interesting optical illusions, you can go and visit his website.