Spring 2023

The narrator is present

Process Music: Songs, Stories, and Studies of Graphic Culture

By Kenneth FitzGerald. Published by Onomatopee, €18

Kenneth FitzGerald has been writing about design since 1996, when his first commissioned piece – a review of Elliott Earls’s CD-ROM Throwing Apples at the Sun – was published in Emigre magazine. Since then, his output has covered an impressive medley of subjects relating to design criticism, pedagogy and visual culture. Process Music is the second collection of his writing – FitzGerald’s first was Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.)

From the moment you pick up Process Music, you become an active participant. The cover of the shrink-wrapped volume is emblazoned with several reviews from prominent design practitioners. In a short note, Onomatopee explains that this design choice was made on commercial grounds, since the typographic cover ‘might not sell itself in our hasty, visual-oriented culture.’ …

Gabriela Matuszyk, designer, writer, editor, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 104 vol. 26, 2023

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