My sister Beth gave me a typography notebook for Christmas this year (to practice my fonting, as she says). I’ve had quite a lot of fun with it lately. While doing a sketch earlier this week, I realized something about a particular set of “yeah”s:

It reminded me of a cover from when the 20th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride released 6 years ago.

The title is what’s called an ambigram. An ambigram is a form of typography which allows for one word to be read in a number of ways (something I’ve just recently learned). This title from the DVD is a 180 degree rotational ambigram.

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I know that to most it’s just a clever gimmick when applied to most forms of modern media, like this one. Nonetheless, I still find it rather exciting.

That brings us to the “yeah”. Of course, a thirteen letter ambigram would take a significantly larger amount of talent to make than a four letter one… ¬†Though an argument can always be made for simplicity… Regardless, even as a sketch it is easy to see how the “yeah” letters slide themselves right into an ambigram.

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Once you see it, all that’s left to do is write one half of the word the right way. As you can see, that’s something I had been trying to do with the subsequent “ye”s.

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I drew this guy in after a bit of fooling with the “ye” and “ah”s for a while and liked him the best.

Then I duplicated it in Photoshop, spun it around 180 degrees next to it’s partner and voila!

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yeah, the ambigram.

Looks the same turned either way.

It’s a fun little project for a Saturday afternoon, anyways.