Saturday, May 05, 2012

Elian Ambigram

Today I attempted to find an Elian ambigram. I wrote a small program to do a brute-force search through dictionary words to help. Out of all possible English words/phrases, it turns out only a handful of combinations are valid. The reason they are so rare is because Elian script has high rotational symmetry. The rotational symmetry adds constraints on how the ambigram can be constructed - standard Latin characters have far fewer constraints.