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Thinking backwards. And sometimes upside-down.

Categories: Nice stuff

I’m working on a project related to typography and patterns at the moment and, following a period of “Errr, where am I going to go with this?!”, I decided to link the two subjects by concentrating on palindromes.

Incase you’re not sure what palindromes are, they’re words or sentences – sometimes number sequences – in which letters (or numbers) appear in the same order when read forwards and backwards. Generally they ignore any punctuation marks, spaces and/or capitalisation.

The palindrome example that immediately jumped into my head (as it’s fairly logical too, making it extra-clever) is: A man, a plan, a canal – Panama. Neat.

Further research into wordy patterns also led me to look at ambigrams. The Wikipedia entry on which reads “An ambigram is a typographical design or artform that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also from another viewpoint, direction, or orientation.” So, there you go.

I like the style of this example; and for some reason it really tickled me that it’s over a century old.


Early ambigram by Mitchell T. Lavin, published in The Strand, June 1908

Silver-screen gold

Earlier this year we did some design work for the premiere of Land Gold Women; a feature film tackling the controversial and emotive subject of honour killings. The premiere was organised by Rewired PR and held at Cineworld in Birmingham – the perfect location as the film was shot here in Brum.

We’ve just learned that Land Gold Women has won the FCA (Foreign Correspondents Association) Purple Orchid Award for Best Film, and was a joint winner in the Best Script/Screenplay category at the 2009 Asian Festival of First Films which took place in Singapore at the beginning of December. Fantastic news!

It’s heartening that such challenging and, for want of a better word, plucky film-making is going on here in Birmingham; and even better that it’s won such positive international recognition.

(Hat-tip Rewired PR)

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It’s an ace resource for finding out what’s going on in and around Brum and that’s why Supercool have signed-up as a Supporter of CiB. (That, plus the promise of being sent a nice Christmas Card …)

Find out how to become a supporter on the ‘Support CiB’ page of their website.