This blog is written in memo form; it is modeled after Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium. His memos are part lecture, part essay. Written in a conversational style, they present Calvino’s arguments in an accessible format, complete with examples and analogies from his own life.
I’ve created five categories for writing my own memos: Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility, and Multiplicity. Each of these is named after one of the qualities Calvino discusses in his own memos. In each memo, I attempt to relate each work of E-Lit to my own experience and to explain it in terms of Calvino’s qualities and Lupton and Phillips’s elements of graphic design. I draw on my own memories and interests to make the memos interesting and relatable, just as Calvino did. I hope you enjoy reading them!