Ophira - Invisible Cities Abridged

  • Emily Lennea MacEwan University


In this experimental typography project, I translated sections of the novel, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972), into layouts that aimed at pushing the boundaries of how literature is read. I was assigned to two of the fifty-five cities described in the novel, and to two dialogues between the two protagonists, Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. As I worked with the content of the piece, I was encouraged to challenge convention by exploring: alternative ways to organize the page; linear and non-linear representations of the text; the integration of text and image; and the nuisances of written and spoken language through linguistic deconstruction, pace, rhythm, and other techniques.

Discipline: Design Studies

Faculty Mentor: Constanza Pacher