tacks, brass tacks.

It’s been a long, weird month. A lot has happened. Like, a lot a lot. Let’s get down to brass tacks:

My new book Parting It Out came out. And then Yuki and I packaged up 400+ of them and shipped them out to all of our amazing Kickstarter backers. Now we have 973 books sitting in our office (a chunk are sitting in Ultrasupernew currently) waiting for homes. I am not looking forward to the slog of distributing that many books, but like many things, it can be done.


The microsite for the book launched. You can procure a copy of the book there.
 It is also available from Wordshape.

Kit of Parts: 10 Years of Graphic Design by Ian Lynam

As of the end of March, I have resided and worked in Tokyo for a decade. This is big stuff. I have lived in Tokyo more than twice as long as any incorporated hamlet, town or city since becoming an adult. It’ll just be another 8 years and I’ll have left my hometown in the dust.

To celebrate, I have a ten-year retrospective up now at Ultrasupernew in Harajuku in Tokyo. I’ll be at the gallery to meet folks over the next month as time allows, though get in touch if you’d like to have me tell you about the work in the gallery.


We’ve shipped a ton of new projects. One big one was an identity project for Akasa, a Thai Healing Arts Studio run by longtime friend Gretchen Hogue. If you are in need of bodywork in the Pacific Northwest, you could do much, much, much worse!


We launched a new project for Adobe’s Typekit webfont service. After a number of years in development, Adobe has launched support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean webfonts with the most significantly reduced loading times ever—a world first! 

In the guise of a restaurant in his neighborhood of Hatagaya, Shibuya in Tokyo, I and ace developer/designer Thien Huynh have crafted a responsive site that takes advantage of Adobe’s new webfont offerings while also highlighting some fancy CSS trickery.



I participated in a few events for Adobe recently, notably the Behance Tokyo Portfolio Reviews and Adobe Creative Jam Tokyo 2015. For each, I demoed Adobe Shape CC, Adobe’s new mobile app that allows you to vectorize high-contrast images and export the vectors to CC apps. It’s a total timesaver for comping in Illustrator, and when paired with Kimbo, allows for total design craziness on the fly. 


I wrote the definitive long-form essay on the music packaging work of legendary Japanese graphic designer Yokoo Tadanori here.

I’ve been extremely busy keeping the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design blog Perpetual Beta populated with scintillating content―stuff like interviews with NORM, YACHT, Aaron Winters, Rick Poynor, Randy Nakamura and process-based content showing the work of our amazing students.

I also did a write-up of all of the guests that have visited the program during these first five years that we have been gestating. There’s a ton more to come!


Kimbo‘s about to be Illustrator CC2015-ready, as well! There have been a number of changes to Adobe’s plug-in/add-on infrastructure, none of which are worked out yet, so we’ve figured out a workaround that will work in perpetuity. Just finishing up the Windows version and documentation. Launching soon!


Our pals Kathleen and Christopher at Draw Down Books made this amazing retrospective poster for their recent VCFA workshop “Spontaneous Form, Gesture Made Visual” workshop with Draw Down Books at VCFA, 2015. Double-sided. Ships folded. Poster, 22.75 x 33 inches, offset. It costs 25 cents.