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Invisible Cities:

Italo Calvino

My response to the 2021 ISTD student assessment scheme ‘Invisible Cities’ brief. The brief was to design a new edition, that forms a radical retelling of the story; with the typograhy to visually explore each of the cities, reflecting their characteristics and idiosyncrasies. The design of the book brings to light the previously hidden mathematical structure that Italo Calvino used to move through the different cities and reflects the pattern that it makes. This pattern is revealed in the contents page at the start of the book and each subsequent page links back to it through the location of the title and page numbers. The book is printed on semi transparent bible paper, allowing a build up of text to be seen through the pages. The typography builds up and the cities blend together to form the one city in which they are all describing, Venice.