Whose Calling Who a Lost Generation? Excerpts from Hemingway’s Paris Years

Colleen Cummings
Visual Communication

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National College of Art & Design

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Colleen Cummings

Whose Calling Who a Lost Generation? Excerpts from Hemingway’s Paris Years

Awarded membership to the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) This book celebrates the migration of Ernest Hemingway during his time as a part of ‘The Lost Generation’ living in Paris in the 1920s. My typographic response is influenced by Hemingway at this time. This book is inspired by the limits that Hemingway’s typewriter would have had. For example, a typewriter can only underline or use UPPERCASE to emphasize text. Therefore, no italics are used within the body text of this book. A typewriter cannot type the number ‘1’ as typewriters needed to save space on the keyboards. Therefore, all number ones are typed as lowercase L’s (l) which is what one had to do with a typewriter. Em dashes (—) did not exist on a typewriter, so two hyphens had to be used instead (–). Ellipsis (…) did not exist on a typewriter, so three periods would have been used (…). A typewriter would only come with one standard point size, so all text is all set in 9pt. Typewriters used black ink, this book is printed in black ink. Coloured paper is used to showcase colour. In addition, different stocks of paper are used depending on the medium of the text. Letters have one stock of paper, novels another, newspapers another, and so on—all based on the texture of the paper that would have been used for these mediums in the 1920s. Lastly, tip-ins are placed throughout the book that follow Hemingway through Paris. These give an extra glimpse into Hemingway’s time in Paris while giving the reader a visual. The size of the book is based on Letter sized US paper, as this is the size of paper Hemingway would have been typing on. The book is sized half-letter to mimic the size that novels were printed on in this time period. This book is an anthology, if you will, of Hemingway’s migration to Paris. It focuses on his struggles and triumphs of moving to a new country in response to a war he had been a part of.