The second edition of the ACAC was concluded earlier this week with the publication of the winning ambigrams. The task was to design an ambigram of the names Sadiq and Shana. I recommend taking a look at the results presented in this article at ambigram.com. The submitted works use a wide variety of solutions, showing that there was no single best approach. I was happy to note that, although I didn't make it into the top five, the following entry of mine was posted as an additional favourite of the judges.
The names Sadiq and Shana were definitely not straightforward to deal with. Yet by no means that meant the pair was impossible, which is illustrated by the amount of variety between the top entries. for this ambigram I added a bit more style than usual with the flourishes, colour and hatching. In contrast my second entry was a much simpler monochrome work.
This second one was more of a fun attempt at doing something new. It is in fact the first figure-ground ambigram I've ever made. First I noticed the two A's from Shana fit well within the holes of the D and Q of Sadiq. The solution for the other parts followed fairly easily from that observation.
The new challenge
The challenge for next month is holiday themed. For more information go to this page to read the specifications for the latest ACAC.