Printed Ephemera/Super 7 Design Festival

Printed ephemera tends to be transitory documents created for a specific purpose and intended to be thrown away. The printed material was produced as the events unfolded and offer unique snapshots of the past.

Letter press and envelopes, printed by Charles Magnus, New York, and L.N. Rosenthal, Philadelphia, among others, 1861-1865.


Posters, placards, and admission tickets from events held to raise funds for Philadelphia’s two volunteer refreshments saloons and their hospitals.


Printed ephemera has had multiple purposes. One primary purpose was the distribution of information. In the days before television and radio, citizens received news by way of broadsides and printed ephemera.

Other material tells a different story. Many of the items were never meant to be kept. For example, an ordinary paint advertisement may not seem of historical interest except for the date: 1792. A 1928 railroad leaflet includes one of the earliest references to air travel and shows the industry in a nascent, and interesting, state.

More general and most common examples of ephemera are advertising cards, greeting cards, paper money, advertisments, invitations, posters, bookplates, menus, programs, broadsides, pamphlets, business cards, tickets, trade catalogs and magazines, also newspapers and other shortlasting items.


Super 7 Design Festival

  1. Eike König is the founder and director of HORT, a Berlin-based graphic design studio known for its experimental and free-spirited approach.

2. Morag Myerscough is the multi award-winning founder of Studio Myerscough. Since setting up Studio Myerscough in 1993, she has brightened up hospital wards, schools and countless public spaces with her projects.

Myerscough’s recent work includes the Temple of Agape installation on London’s Southbank (with Luke Morgan) and works for Barts Health NHS Trust with organisation Vital Arts. Myerscough is currently working on the exhibition design for the new Design Museum, which will open in west London next year.

3.Oded Ezer is a graphic artist and typographer. Before starting his career as a designer, he was a musician and a poet. Ezer lived in Jerusalem, London and in the Negev Desert before he settled in greater Tel Aviv.

Ezer is best known for his typographic design fiction projects (such as Biotypography, Typosperma, Typoplastic Surgeries and, more recently, for his series of eight typographic videos for the V&A), his design for the New American Haggadah and SkypeType poster, and for his ongoing contribution to Hebrew type design.

4. Jessica Walsh is a designer and art director living in NYC working for clients such as Jay-Z, Barneys, The New York Times, Levi’s, and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. Her work has won most major design awards and has been featured in numerous books, galleries, museums and magazines worldwide. She has received numerous distinctions such as Forbes Magazine “30 under 30 top creatives designing the future”. Her book “40 Days of Dating” is being turned into a movie.


Function Engineering

Shared Voices Posters

5. Sawdust is the creative partnership of Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez. We specialise in bespoke and innovative typography, brand display typefaces, visual identities and image-creation for clients including;

Nike • Wired • The New York Times • It’s Nice That • Coca-Cola • AKQA • Esquire • Creative Review • Audi • Fast Company • Bleep • IBM • Honda • ESPN

At the heart of what we do is a desire to create work that is both explorative and beautifully crafted. Above all else, we retain a deeply rooted conviction to not only deliver the design that is effective but that exceeds our client’s expectations.


Creative Leaders 50 identity project


6. Hey Studio is made up of Ricardo Jorge, Veronica Fuerte and Mikel Romero. The Barcelona-based outfit specialises in brand identity, editorial design and illustration with a flair for geometry, colour and direct typography. We caught up with founder Veronica Fuerte to learn more about the studio’s work.

Clients: Our clients include: Apple, Vodafone, Three, Turkish Airlines, General Electric, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Porter, CBS, Film Commission Chile, Inditex, Fortune Magazine, Design Studio, Monocle, MACBA, CCCB, Penguin Random House and Oxfam.



The most read sport magazine in the UK, Sport, contacted us to illustrate their issue 442 – March 2016 cover and the feature titled Bubble Wrap, Bulimia and Burning Rubber about F1 2016 and McLaren’s road to recovery.

7. Felix Pfäffli originally started Feixen in 2009. Teacher at Fachklasse Grafik Luzern. Youngest member in the history of AGI. Gave lectures, organized exhibitions, workshops and won prizes worldwide. Responsible for the necessary chaos in our designs.


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Nuits sonores is a French festival dedicated to electronic, independent, visual and interactive cultures. It takes place every year around Ascension for 5 days and 5 nights in Lyon. Its goal is to highlight emblematic places of the city of Lyon, including streets, museums, industrial sites and more.

Lyon is completely transformed during the Nuits Sonores Festival. The streets of the entire city are vibrant and full of music, there are projections on the facades of buildings and young people enjoying life playfully turn everything upside down.

We see our work as a game. And we always try to develop a game that fits the occasion. We ask ourselves how the rules of the game affect the rules of our design.


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