Volume: the book is in the works

I am now at work on a collection of essays titled Volume: writings on graphic design, music, art, and culture to be published by Princeton Architectural Press (if all goes well) likely sometime in 2010. This book will gather remixed and remastered articles (primarily from Emigre magazine) plus a large selection of new and unpublished works, on the variety of topics noted in the subtitle.There will also be an introduction, “Sound and Vision” by me, and, possibly, a keynote.

The book’s current track listing (in alpha order) is:
A Designer’s Art
Adversarial Thoughts
An Instructor of Concern
A Viewer’s Guide to Periodic Literature
Be Yourself, Be Someone Else
Designer X
Buzz Kill
Chaos Theories and Uncertainty Principles
Coda: Life in These Ephemeral States
Designers Are Immaterial
Don’t Look Hack
First, Class
Form vs. Function
The Graphic Equalizer
The Importance of White Space
The Last Wave
Light Turning
On Creem Magazine
Music for Markets
My Two and Only
Professional Suicide
The Resistance
Seen and Not Seen
Skilling Saws and Absorbent Catalogs
Skin of Sound


  1. David Cabianca

    Hi Kenneth,
    I am looking forward to the book. Your writing is the Henry Fonda of “12 Angry Men.” We need more of it to point our the folly of our ways.

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