Documents and Ephemera
Documents and ephemera are metaphors for the value and context of select information imparted through the publication. The style, format, form and content alters for each document or piece of ephemera to appropriately reflect this value and context. This design response came about when I acknowledged that a major part of my grandparents’ immigration experience was physical documentation — tickets, official documents and other analog recordings. Even today, they record information on paper — address books, calendars and notebooks. The notion of recording information through documents and ephemera is best understood in my context through the words of Lisa Gitelman who writes that
Things, value, and people circulate: they move through space and across borders, from and to, out and in; they get caught and kept, or they pause and pass… recorded in increments and thus amid intervals.
— Lisa Gitelman, Paper Knowledge 2014