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Take a second look at the cover of this bookthis time, turn it upside down The title, Wordplay, is an ambigram, which means you will be able to read it both right side up and upside down.You may be familiar with the John Langdons ambigrams from Dan Browns bestseller Angels Demons see pages 186 and 188 of Wordplay , but if this is your first experience with the art of the ambigram, prepare to be dazzled This lovely updated edition of the classic collection of ambigrams features a section of full color ambigrams and dozens of stunning, mind bending examples of this cryptic art form Each strikingly beautiful and arresting illustration is accompanied by a short essaysometimes serious, sometimes wittyto delight your brain as much as your eyes Taken together, the art and the essays show how the very shape of letters can change our idea of words and their meanings As Dan Brown says in the Foreword of this revised edition, John Langdon brilliantly rearranges the familiar, casting it in a new light.Both playful and profound, Wordplay will challenge you to take a second look at your world....

Title : Wordplay: The Philosophy, Art, and Science of Ambigrams
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ISBN : 0767920759
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Three Rivers Press Reprint edition November 8, 2005
Number of Pages : 240 pages
File Size : 794 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Wordplay: The Philosophy, Art, and Science of Ambigrams Reviews

  • P. Lio
    2019-02-01 07:20

    This is a gorgeous book of art, really. The ambigrams are beautifully represented here, with a whole color section in the middle that is gorgeous. There are several that I'd love to get posters of, that's how neat they are!

  • jkb
    2019-02-06 02:51

    If so, you will enjoy these illustrations by the gentleman who designed the fabulous ambigrams (they spell the same thing when held upright as they do when turned upside down) that are an integral part of the story and the mystery behind the novel. It also calls attention to many different kinds of ambigrams by different people, some of which you may have seen without realizing it. I found it fascinating and very enjoyable?

  • David McCann
    2019-01-31 04:58

    eyemagine rotating the cover of this book upside down: you will still see the word wordplay!

  • Donna Corbino
    2019-02-15 03:13

    I read Dan Brown, loved the illustrations. I had the opportunity to see some of his works at a local museum. He goes beyond, wordplay. He created paintings that change as you walk by, and are three in one. You see the word in his work. I keep attempting to duplicate. Not succeeded yet, but, will still keep trying.

  • Omega
    2019-02-06 03:15

    Loved the section about how he created the ambigrams, the many many sketches he puts into them and just the overall hard work to make something that looks effortless.

  • Rody
    2019-01-31 01:59

    Very good! This was my Dad's hobby 70 years ago, just like the "Wordplay" and "Inversions" but he didn't write a book about it, neither did I.

  • Kyra Molitor
    2019-01-24 02:12

    This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. The ambigrams are amazing, and the essays and remarks on how and why he came to make this art are wonderful. I have sent this book to several of my word-loving friends and relatives and all have loved it. A book to re-read many times!

  • Amanda Becker
    2019-02-04 04:17

    Super fun book for both parents and kids.