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Wordplay: Ambigrams and Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams (edition 1992)

by John Langdon

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Title:Wordplay: Ambigrams and Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams
Authors:John Langdon
Info:Harcourt (1992), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover
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Wordplay: The Philosophy, Art, and Science of Ambigrams by John Langdon



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First things first: Ambigrams are really cool. For example, just take a look at the cover and you'll discover that the title itself has been designed in such a way as to be legible both upside-right and upside-down. John Langdon accompanies his philosophical ruminations and text with many more of his own ambigrams and personal artwork as well as a few examples from other artists. The first edition of this book, Wordplay: Ambigrams and the Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams, was published in 1992. After his work with the best-selling author Dan Brown on the book Angels & Demons, interest in ambigrams increased. He revised Wordplay and published a second edition including color plates of some of his pieces. The words he selected to create ambigrams with are very important in his personal philosophy and are accompanied by thought-provoking sections exploring this philosophy. He has also included a section on the process behind making ambigrams with hints and suggestions for those who might decide to give it a try on their own.

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Bantam Press the If the name Langdon sounds familiar. it's because Dan own named is the intrepid protagonist of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons after ambigram-and symbol-designer John Langdon. Widely recognized as a master of the art of the ambigram form. John Langdon does with words what MC Escher and Salvador Dali did with images. An ambigram is where language. science. philosophy and illusion come together in the design of a word which is manipulated to create a surprising illusion. In this book John Langdon shows us how we can expand our understanding of terms and concepts by looking at ambigrams - words designed to be read upside down. back to front. or in a mirror as well as left to right . He not only presents the reader with a number of strikingly beautiful and arresting ambigrams but also shows how the v...
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Wordplay is a book of ambigrams words that can be read from more then one point of view. But these are not just any words. They are carefully chosen to communicate principles of western physics and eastern philosophy, with some language history and good old puns, just for fun. It adds up to an entertaining experience in the visual treatment of words visual poetry almost and a thorough, if indirect, education in the ancient Chinese philosophy Taoism.

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This text shows us how we can expand our understanding of terms and concepts by looking at ambigrams - words designed to be read upside down, back to front, or in a mirror as well as left to right. Previous ed.: New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.… (more)

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