• News

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  • 28.Aug.16
  • Las Vegas Bound
  • This October, I will be attending and presenting at the AIGA National Design Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I’ll be presenting during the Pecha Kucha session on Tuesday, October 18. My topic will be the “Music for Metaphors” workshop I conducted this spring at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Graphic Design residency […]

  • Writing

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  • 30.Nov.16
  • Character References: On Emigre type specimens
  • Earlier this year, Gingko Press published Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016, a comprehensive collection of Emigre’s distinctive print samplers. A couple years previous, I went through my personal collection of their specimens dating back to the early 1990s and wrote this appreciation for a project that wasn’t realized. However, on the (late) occasion of Emigre’s […]

  • Published

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  • 10.Sep.16
  • Laura Rossi Garcia: Dialectic Designer
  • My short feature on Laura Rossi Garcia was posted at the AIGA Design Educators Community website. Rossi was selected to be the first designer for Dialectic, the new academic journal produced by the AIGA Design Educators Community. I also serve on the founding Editorial Board of the journal, and proposed Rossi for the position after […]

  • Projects

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  • 02.Sep.16
  • IEPA lecture flier
  • This is the latest announcement I produced for the ODU organization Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (IEPA). I’ve been the designer for IEPA since its founding and devised the logo and format for materials.

  • Ephemera

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  • 28.Aug.16
  • Black Cat Culture
  • Another choice print artifact collected in Tokyo during last year’s trip. I’m told it’s an announcement for some cultural event(s) and the cat is saying “attention!” of something similar. But who cares? This adorns my office door at ODU.


Ephemeral States is the site of Kenneth FitzGerald, educator, designer, artist, and writer. As a writer, I'm the author of Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. I produced The News of the Whirled, a novel in the form of 4-issue limited-edition magazine that received awards for excellence from the American Center for Design and AIGA, and is in the collection of Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. As an artist, my work is included in public and private collections primarily in New England and New York, with numerous artist books in the Franklin Furnace/Museum of Modern Art/Artists Books collection. I'm a member of the founding Editorial Board of the academic journal Dialectic, and of the Steering Committee of the AIGA Design Educators Community. I received my MFA in Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


To listen to an interview with me on Design Matters with Debbie Millman from March 17, 2006, click here.


To read a brief interview with me from March 2016, click here.

Portrait by Mark Andresen.

Our symbol:

The hexahexaflexagon

is the symbol-artifact of Ephemeral States. It is a folding paper object composed of 19 equilateral triangles that displays six different faces of six triangles. Three of the faces will open to two other faces, the other three will open to one. To view a short video on how to flex a hexahexaflexagon click here. (Video by Peter Eudenbach)

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