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by John; Dan Brown Langdon

eBook Wordplay ePub
Author: John; Dan Brown Langdon
Language: English
ISBN: 0593055691
ISBN13: 978-0593055694
Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (2005)
Pages: 224
Subcategory: No category
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 134
Formats: lrf lit azw mbr
ePub file: 1219 kb
Fb2 file: 1871 kb

John Langdon (born April 19, 1946) is an American graphic designer, ambigram artist, painter, and writer.

John Langdon (born April 19, 1946) is an American graphic designer, ambigram artist, painter, and writer. The son of George Langdon, a teacher at The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, John Langdon attended that school from 1950-1964. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Dickinson College, graduating in 1968. A self-taught artist and graphic designer, Langdon has free-lanced as a lettering artist and logo design specialist since 1976.

Both graphically and logically, Wordplay establishes the relationships . Wordplay was first published in 1992 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Both graphically and logically, Wordplay establishes the relationships among the infinity symbol, the normal bell curve, yin and yang, wave patterns and helixes. Wordplay was first published in 1992 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. It caught the attention of a young novelist, Dan Brown, who was inspired to build the plot of his second novel,Angels & Demons around ambigrams he commissioned me to design for the book.

In this book John Langdon shows us how we can expand our understanding of terms and concepts by looking at. .

In this book John Langdon shows us how we can expand our understanding of terms and concepts by looking at ambigrams - words designed to be read upside down, back to front, or in a mirror as well as left to right. He not only presents the reader with a number of strikingly beautiful and arresting ambigrams but also shows how the very shape of the letters can change our idea of the word itself and its meaning. If the name Langdon sounds familiar, it's because Dan Brown named the intrepid protagonist of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons after ambigram- and symbol-designer John Langdon.

Brown will contribute a foreword to "Wordplay. 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. An award-winning graphic designer, John Langdon was perhaps the first practitioner of the art of ambigrams and is widely recognized as a master of the form. The ambigrams John draws are accompanied by his thoughts on the words themselves. He even disarmingly demonstrates how one goes about making an ambigram .

Both playful and profound, Wordplay will challenge you to take a second look at your world. If the name Langdon sounds familiar, it's because Dan Brown named the intrepid protagonist of "The Da Vinci Code and "Angels & Demons after ambigram- and symbol-designer John Langdon. Brown will contribute a foreword to "Wordplay.

John Langdon's Wordplay allows the reader to look at this from a different point of view, and brings insight into how he goes about creating his intriguing ambigrams. I first learned about the author's work through Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, which features several of Langdon's ambigrams. I'm glad I purchased the book and love looking through it. Recommended.

Take a second look at the cover of this book-this time, turn it upside down

Take a second look at the cover of this book-this 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

Take a second look at the cover of this book—this 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 Langdon’s ambigrams from Dan Brown’s 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 essay—sometimes serious, sometimes witty—to 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.
Aradwyn
The book has some nice ambigrams, but includes text tangentially related to the ambigram. Doesn't add to the enjoyment of the word art at all. Half the color pages are word art that are not ambigrams.

The best part of the book is the end - two parts. First, Dan Brown contacted him wanting to put ambigrams in Angels & Demons, as part of the plot. That's pretty nice. Second, he does briefly discuss the process of creating an ambigram.
Painbrand
Love this book! Great entryway into the world of Ambigrams. Langdon provides a multitude of Ambigram examples that vary in complexity and wit. Also included here are color reproductions of some of his paintings (which I had the pleasure of seeing 13 years ago at the New Britain Museum of American Art - in New Britain, CT). There are also sections that provide insight into how he got involved in Ambigrams, AND how he conceives of and develops an Ambigram. The latter is extremely helpful if you are in the process of creating and developing an Ambigram (which I currently am).
Kamuro
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!

What I also liked is some of the discussion and exploration into making the ambigrams. It is both creative and intellectual, and clearly Langdon is a master thinker and artist.

An incredible coffee table book and one that really ignites the mind, I highly recommend it.
Kulalas
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?
Rrinel
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.
Ximinon
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!
Slowly writer
eyemagine rotating the cover of this book upside down: you will still see the word wordplay!
'ambigrams' is not listed in my dictionary — but it is a fine and wondrous word, and this is a charming book.
Super fun book for both parents and kids.
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