Zurich Book Fair

Antique GIFs

Agency: Serviceplan Suisse


Antique books, antique prints - and antique people. This is what awaits visitors to the Zurich Book Fair, Switzerland’s premier event for traders and collecters of rare antiquarian books and prints. And as it’s audience grows older, the fair’s visitor numbers are becoming smaller. How could the fair, first held in 1994, help a new generation fall in love with the beauty of antiquarian publishing?

In partnership with Serviceplan Suisse, the Zurich Book Fair created “Antique GIFs”: a series of popular internet GIFs reimagined as copperplate engravings, designed to give a taste of analogue craftsmanship to a young, digital audience.

For the project, Serviceplan Suisse collaborated with local engraver Mathias Gentinetta (@kupfer.werkstatt /, known for his contemporary take on the centuries-old craft.

Internet GIFs are sequential video loops of eight still images. To create the Antique GIFs, five GIFs were turned into series of eight hand-etched copper printing plates. A single print run created 48 unique prints, which were raffled on Instagram in a competition designed to get young feet on the Book Fair floor. Participants just needed to screenshot and re-post the rolling “Antique GIFs” for a chance to win a print of the frame they’d posted.

The campaign generated an online buzz that saw young visitors attend the fair in record numbers, with the lucky winners leaving with their prints.

This professional campaign titled 'Antique GIFs' was published in Switzerland in February, 2023. It was created for the brand: Zurich Book Fair, by ad agency: Serviceplan Suisse. This Integrated medium campaign is related to the Other industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted 4 months ago.


Agency: Serviceplan Suisse
Client: Zurich Book Fair
Title: Antique GIFs

Chief Creative Officer: Raul Serrat
Executive Creative Director: Marcin Baba
Creative Director: Thomas Lüber
Copywriter: Günter Zumbach
Copywriter: Peter Liptak
Account supervisors: Edi Walker, Nicole Grogg, Kristina Petersen, Aline Litchenhaus
Graphic Design: Carina Kienzle, Govinda Schmidt
Photography: Dominic Shota Schweingruber, Joss Arnott

Director of Photography, Editor, Animation, Post-Production: Dominic Shota Schweingruber

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