Experimental Typography in a Collaborative Publication. Ophira

Invisible Cities Abridged

  • Emily Lennea MacEwan University
  • Hannah Alys MacEwan University
  • Amelie Dufresne MacEwan University
  • Kerstin Ekstrom MacEwan University
  • Suanne Foss MacEwan University
  • Chance Galay MacEwan University
  • Austin Hauch MacEwan University
  • Callan Kitteringham MacEwan University
  • Isabela Lope-Hernandez MacEwan University
  • Krista Niemi MacEwan University
  • Max Ouellet MacEwan University
  • Jacob Rose MacEwan University
  • Caitlyn Scaman MacEwan University
  • Nicole Schimpf MacEwan University
  • Sarah Zeiner MacEwan University

Abstract

In this experimental typography project, we translated the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972), into layouts that aimed at pushing the boundaries of how we read literature. Each student was assigned to one of the fifty-five cities described in the novel, and to one dialogue between the two protagonists, Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. As we worked with the content of this piece — including a wide range of concepts such as urbanism, linguistics, and human nature — we were 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

Published
2018-06-20