Ian Lynam Design is a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. We specialize in identity, cultural research and typography. We make stuff for forward-thinking humans.

Ian Lynam Design is a multidisciplinary creative studio specializing in unique solutions for international clients. The studio has been based in Tokyo since 2005.


about ian lynam

Originally hailing from New York, Lynam has a BS in Graphic Design from Portland State University and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.

Ian Lynam is former Co-Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. Ian is also faculty at Temple University Japan. There, he teaches in the Undergraduate program in both the Art and General Education programs, actively engaged in developing curricula concerning Japanese graphic design history, typography, graphic design, semiotics, image-making, identity design, motion graphics and sociology.

Ian is Visiting Critic in the MFA Graphic Design Program at CalArts where he works with final-year students on Thesis/Graduate Practice. He is also faculty in Tokyo at Meme Design School and Applied Typography Workshops Tokyo where he teaches typography and design history.

Currently, Ian writes for Idea Magazine (Japan), Slanted Magazine (Germany) and Modes of Criticism (Portugal/UK). He is a co-founder of the critical cultural online journal Néojaponisme and the associated print journal NJP. Ian runs Wordshape, a hybrid type foundry, publishing entity, distributor, and occasional software company.

Ian is one-half of Corinthians, a Tokyo-based art and design curatorial practice with partner Renna Okubo. He is a member of the STA, AIGA and ATypI. He is a two-time winner of both the STA 100 and the Asian Pacific Design Awards.


about yuki kameguchi

Project Manager Yuki Kameguchi’s award-winning management of interactive design work for various studios have garnered a veritable heap of awards internationally including Cannes Lions, D&AD Golden Pencils and FWA Site of the Day awards.

When this Fukuoka native is not wrangling projects, she is hard at work immersed in the study of vintage kimono, crocheting abstract jewelry, enjoying difficult music, and hanging tough.


our internship policy

We are strongly opposed to non-paying internships and have made it a practice to not utilize the services of interns, either paid or unpaid. We do not accept applications for internships.