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Nikita Prokhorov’s Ambigram of the Month: Liberty

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One definition of Nikita Prokhorov's latest ambigram—liberty—is "a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice," which is an excellent definition of ambigrams themselves.

The word “liberty” is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “the quality or state of being free.” Another definition is “a violation of rules or a deviation from standard practice.” The last definition is especially applicable to ambigrams, as they stray from traditional typography and break most rules. They push the boundaries and show how much can be done with some non-traditional thinking.

To create an ambigram from the word liberty, I looked at the following possible letter flips.

  • l/y
  • i/t
  • er/b

After examining other letter flips, I determined that these aforementioned combinations were the best ones. I explored two different typographic styles; a blackletter-esque style and a more traditional style, with some minor adjustments that needed to be made due to the nature of the ambigram.

In the end, the traditional style made more sense from an aesthetic as well as a readability/legibility standpoint. The red, white, and blue colors reflect the concept of liberty and freedom (the colors of the U.S. flag).

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