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.

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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. He is a founding member of the editorial board for JAGDA’s Graphic Design Review. 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.

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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.

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our collaborators

We work with a tight-knit team of individuals suited to specific projects. Renna Okubo, Shu Kuge, and Emma Okubo work with us on editorial, localization, and curatorial projects. Taro Nettleton, Catherine Dale, Sayward Schoonmaker, and Randy Nakamura have been kind and graceful enough to work with us as content and copy editors on assorted projects over the past number of years. Pascal Williams and Iori Kikuchi work with us on design research initiatives, corporate and cultural identity projects, as well as broadcast and editorial design. James Todd works with us on type design projects. Maggie Barnes and Paul Sather work with us on local small-scale, national, international, and enterprise-level screen-based projects, from UX and UI planning through implementation.

Our expertise and knowledge span languages, cultures, and technologies. Our collective practice is based on trust, friendship, and the common goal of ensuring that each project we work on is enriching and meaningful.

our internship policy

Internships as a concept and a practice are exploitative. 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.