Visual Wordplay Gallery
Punya Mishra, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor for Learning, Technology, &
Culture at the Michigan State University. His research has focused on the cognitive,
aesthetic, and social aspects related to the design and use of computer based
learning environments. His other interests include online learning, cognitive
psychology of science, visual literacy, and creativity.
He also specialises in verbal and visual gallimaufry.
And in this capacity he maintains a gallery of "ambigrams" –
a type of visual wordplay in which words are written such that they can be read
in more than one way. Some of his examples, while visually attractive, are not
immediately recognizable. Others are quite remarkable. Take for example the
The above rendition is easily read. Astonishingly it can be rotated by 180
degrees and remains exactly the same.
This is another example, in which a word, "White", changes into its
opposite, "Black", when it is turned upside down.
In the above example, the name "Anand" can be turned upside down
without changing it.
Punya Mishra hails from India and obviously has an affinity for national chess
hero Vishy Anand. The second example is left-right symmetrical.
One of our contributors, Ram Prasad, asked Punya to do something with our software
programs. The above mirror-symmetrical logo was the result.
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