Leslie Cheng
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"Invisible Cities": Porto Design Editorial Project

 On July 3rd–July 15th, 2017 in Porto, Portugal I studied under the mentorship of internationally renowned designers  Andrew Howard ,  Hamish Muir ,  Catherine Griffiths , and  David Pearson  in a summer editorial course.

On July 3rd–July 15th, 2017 in Porto, Portugal I studied under the mentorship of internationally renowned designers Andrew Howard, Hamish Muir, Catherine Griffiths, and David Pearson in a summer editorial course.

 Myself and 22 other designers from different corners of the world participated in a series of hands-on, experimental type and composition exercises that culminated in two collaborative, independently-bound books, based on Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities.”

Myself and 22 other designers from different corners of the world participated in a series of hands-on, experimental type and composition exercises that culminated in two collaborative, independently-bound books, based on Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities.”

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 Each designer was assigned to a chapter and specific page width, each consisting of five cities. Given the freedom of page height and paper stock/weight, we were challenged to diversify our individual layouts to produce a piece of work that was truly representative of how we each interpreted the text. Pictured:  Thin Cities, Octavia.

Each designer was assigned to a chapter and specific page width, each consisting of five cities. Given the freedom of page height and paper stock/weight, we were challenged to diversify our individual layouts to produce a piece of work that was truly representative of how we each interpreted the text. Pictured: Thin Cities, Octavia.

 The beginnings of my collection: a work-in-progress of layout & type studies.

The beginnings of my collection: a work-in-progress of layout & type studies.

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 mini-comps on ink-colored vellum.

mini-comps on ink-colored vellum.

 going analog: explorations of type and composition with limited constraints as we started designing our book covers.

going analog: explorations of type and composition with limited constraints as we started designing our book covers.

 initial preview of the group’s pagination and sizes

initial preview of the group’s pagination and sizes

 final presentation day at Studio Andrew Howard

final presentation day at Studio Andrew Howard