• News

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  • 04.Apr.15
  • Teaching in Japan
  • In August 2015, I’ll be traveling to Japan to teach a 5-day summer course at the University of Kitakyushu. Old Dominion University takes part in an annual exchange program where faculty submit proposals for a course they would offer on some aspect of American (U.S.) culture. My proposal, “Way Out West: American Graphic Design 1776–now” […]

  • Writing

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  • 05.Jan.15
  • Conjure Man: The Evocations of Mark Andresen
  • Note: In 2008, Eye magazine published my profile of Mark Andresen, titled “Pesky Illustrator.” It was actually the second version I produced, after editor John Walters requested a different slant to the article. While I was content with the directive and the result, I remain fond of the original piece, which is reproduced below.)  The […]

  • Published

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  • 05.Mar.15
  • Modes of Criticism 1
  • My essay “Fuck All” is included in the journal Modes of Criticism 1 – Critical, Uncritical, Post-critical, the initial publication of the Modes of Criticism project of editor Francisco Laranjo. The essay is a response of Michael Rock’s essay “Fuck Content,” and challenges that article’s notion that graphic design history is one of form, not content. […]

  • Projects

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  • 03.Oct.14
  • Humanities identity
  • I’ve created an identity for the Old Dominion University Institute of the Humanities. This is a program that “promotes interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on critical theory and cultural studies, allows students to pursue individualized programs of study that incorporate classes from across departments within the College.” Other institutions call these kind of programs Interdisciplinary […]

  • Ephemera

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  • 03.Oct.14
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  • A recent reorganization uncovered this drawing from years back by my daughter Emma. If it was attached to a particular event or idea, I can’t remember (and neither does she). Too bad it wasn’t on hand when it was time to raft graphics for the Blunt design education conference. Upcoming conferences may contact me for […]


Ephemeral States is the site of Kenneth FitzGerald, artist, educator, 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 received my MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and am currently a Professor of Art at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hear me, hear me

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