Process Music: Songs, Stories and Studies of Graphic Culture


by Kenneth FitzGerald
preface by Debbie Millman

Essays on print-media culture from Paul Rand to Barney Bubbles by a leading American design thinker

Process Music refers to print media and the intentions behind design activity. It is interested in visual culture, providing deeper readings and close viewings of graphic design artifacts and activity, frequently examined through the lens of music. Employing a range of narrative voices, the works combine academic rigor with the accessibility of popular forms like music journalism. FitzGerald regards himself as a critical enthusiast: knowledgeable, appreciative, and irreverent.

Process Music: songs, stories, and studies of graphic culture is the second book collection of writings by Kenneth FitzGerald. The new book gathers over 40 pieces primarily from the past decade, with reprinted works first appearing in forums like Emigre, Eye, Print, Idea, Modes of Criticism, Design Observer, Speak Up, and Voice: AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Others are texts of lectures and presentations, have appeared on their blog or elsewhere online, or are original to this collection. Many are unavailable or hard (and expensive) to find. The book will also features a prelude composed by AIGA Design Medalist and Design Matters host Debbie Millman.

Paperback | 324 pages | Onomatopee Projects | 2022

Kenneth FitzGerald is an educator, designer, artist and curator that has lectured on and written about design for over 25 years. His critical writing has appeared in the journals EmigrePrintEyeIdea, and Modes of Criticism; the books The Graphic Design ReaderCulture Is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design ObserverTotal Armageddon: A Slanted Reader on DesignGraphic Design and Reading, Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education, and The Education of a Graphic Designer volume 2; plus the online forums Design Observer, Voice: AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, and Speak Up. His previous book collection, Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art and Culture, was published in 2010.

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