The Langdons in Dan Brown's Novels: Words in Pop Fiction
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
The Langdons in Dan Brown's Novels: Words in Pop Fiction by John Langdon
Robert Langdon, the hero of this summer's big movie, based on Dan Brown's wildly popular novel, The Da Vinci Code, is a fictional character. John Langdon, for whom Robert Langdon was named, is entirely real. While Robert Langdon is a professor of symbology at Harvard University, John Langdon designs symbols in the form of logos and ambigrams at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
This exhibition will feature ambigrams-words that can be read from multiple vantage points-that John Langdon designed for Dan Brown's novel Angels & Demons. These ambigrams are characterized by 180 degree rotational symmetry. Also on display are ambigrams that he created for the opening credits of The Da Vinci Code (which were not used in the film). These designs, known as totem ambigrams, are vertical in structure, have bilateral symmetry and present a new approach to the art form.
John Langdon is one of the world's foremost masters of the ambigram. He has won numerous awards for his logo designs, his ambigrams have appeared in many publications and the first museum show of his paintings was held in 2004 at the Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey. A collection of his ambigrams is featured in his book, Wordplay.