Corinthians in Harper’s Bazaar Korea

May 12, 2017

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Corinthians, my new curatorial partnership with Renna Okubo are featured in an interview in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar Korea.

New essay in Slanted #29

May 5, 2017

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I have a new essay in Slanted #29 called “Type Design: Discipline, Medium, Practice, Tool, or Other?”

Let’s Color!

April 3, 2017

Zine for impending design graduates by Ian Lynam

This is a new zine that I wrote for folks who are about to graduate from design school.

Zine for impending design graduates by Ian Lynam

It is memoir-based and includes a ton of tips for job-hunting, letter-writing, and all of the stuff they don’t teach in a lot of schools.

Zine for impending design graduates by Ian Lynam

As usual, there is sex and crime within.

Zine for impending design graduates by Ian Lynam

I’ll have a chunk of copies with me when I visit the U.S. next week. In the meantime, it is available here. Orders will be fulfilled in two weeks.

Corinthians

March 10, 2017

Corinthians - Ian Lynam and Renna Okubo

Some big news: my dear friend Renna Okubo and I have started a new art and design curatorial and editorial practice called Corinthians. We have been plugging away on a number of high profile projects for folks like the Japanese government, assorted galleries, various publishers, and projects which we have initiated.

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Renna is a veteran of New York and Tokyo arts institutions, including long stints running Wako Works of Art and Blum and Poe’s Tokyo location. We have talked for years about extending our previously infrequent collaborative efforts, and recently decided to make the jump to making our vision for a collaborative practice a reality.

Renna has an incisive perspective on the contemporary art world—one that is as generous as it is critical. We are looking forward to teasing out previously unconsidered possibilities at the intersection of our individual disciplines. We invite you to get in touch with us via our new website, http://corinthians000.com to discuss projects related to:

  • curation
  • editorial direction
  • localization
  • strategy and positioning
  • research

Thanks to Gareth Hague of Alias for providing us with the amazing typefaces for our launch, as well as to Lars Harmsen of Slanted for our portrait photography.

Lecture and exhibition at Maine College of Art

March 4, 2017

Ian Lynam at MECA

I will be giving a lecture at Maine College of Art on April 6th, 2017 at 12:00pm. The lecture is called “Composition, Labor, Authenticity, Nostalgia, Technology, Art and Design in an Increasingly Indecipherable World”. Event details are here. I will also be exhibiting a new body of work at MECA called “Slouching Toward Delphi”. The exhibition is the third installment of my GODS series of installation works and will be accompanied by the release of a new booklet of writing that explores narrativity and the contemporary condition.

The installation will make a brief reprise at Vermont College of Fine Arts for our April residency, as will free copies of the new booklet and a variation on the lecture that I am going to give at MECA.

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The second edition of the Supplement:Tokyo series of lectures—four short talks about the relationship of design, art, fashion, visual culture and writing is coming up.

The Supplement:Tokyo series is brought to you by Temple University Japan.

Speakers:
Bill Daniel
Craig Mod
Tetsuya Goto
Eiko Nagase

Moderator:
Ian Lynam

Date & Time:
March 8, 2017  6:30PM—9:30PM

Location:
Temple University Japan, Azabu Hall, The Parliament
http://www.tuj.ac.jp/ | http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html

More: http://supplement-tokyo.tumblr.com/

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Also, PechaKucha just launched their new iOS app and my talk about lettering in Cuba is one of the first featured presentations.

Chomp!

February 27, 2017

Chomp by Scout Books - type direction by Ian Lynam

Sometimes projects we work on come out and we either forget to catalog them, or in this case, just plain forgot they existed. Chomp! is a pocket-sized interview/recipe books from Portland-based chefs John Gorham, Nong Poonsukwattana, and Pascal Sauton.

Chomp by Scout Books - type direction by Ian Lynam

Ian provided type direction for the series, which was published by Scout Books and designed by Taryn Cowart.

 

Chomp by Scout Books - type direction by Ian Lynam

 

You can pick up copies on Amazon here.

BONX

January 29, 2017

BONX_tradeshow-design by Ian Lynam

We are now working with BONX, a Tokyo-based technology company to design all of their booths and spatial design for global trade shows. Pictured here: the BONX booth at SIA.

Oliver Klimpel interview

January 6, 2017

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I recently completed an interview with Oliver Klimpel—one of the best thinkers and people I have met in a long time. Check it out over at the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design blog Perpetual Beta!

TUJ

January 6, 2017

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So, some vaguely breaking news: I have taken a full-time position teaching in the Art Department at Temple University Japan after nearly eight years as adjunct faculty. As an adjunct faculty member, I already taught a full course load, so this means (in essence) very little change. I will be continuing in my role as Co-Chair at VCFA and this graphic design studio will roll on as always. Thanks to my colleagues at TUJ for inviting me deeper into the fold. I am both happy and excited to be more involved at our institution.

IDEA #376

January 3, 2017

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I just contributed a fair amount of writing to the latest issue of IDEA, notably an interview with Jon Sueda and a whole section on the Brno Biennial Study Room. #376 is largely about graphic designers and exhibitions yesterday, today and tomorrow. Within, writers like Tetsuya Goto, IDEA editor-in-chief Kiyonori Muroga and myself explore the meaning of exhibitions to graphic designers today with a focus on the 27th Brno Biennial 2016, the world’s longest running design biennial. Strikingly designed by LABORATORIES, this issue is chock full of amazing bilingual examinations of curation, cultural attitudes, and speculations by some of the leading design curators today. This issue includes multiple inserts and is printed on a variety of paper stocks using assorted printing methods. You can check it out or obtain a copy here.

Within:

Graphic designers and exhibitions
The 27th Brno Biennial 2016 and the State of the Graphic Design Exhibition Today
Direction: Tetsuya Goto and IDEA

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Part:1 The 27th Brno Biennial 2016

– Interview: Radim Peško, Tomáš Celizna, Adam Macháček
– International Exhibition
– Interview: Shin Akiyama
– A Body of Work
– Zdeněk Ziegler
– Study Room
– Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick?

Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick? insert by Åbäke

Off Program Report: Tetsuya Goto

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Part:2 The State of the Graphic Design Exhibition Today
– United States of America
Interview: Jon Sueda
– Poland│International Poster Biennale, Warsaw
Interview: David Crowley
– South Korea│Graphic Design, 2005-2015, Seoul
Interview: Min Choi, Hyungjin Kim

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Part:3 Japanese Graphic Design and the History of Exhibitions and Collections
Chronology of the Japanese Exhibitions
Exhibitions and Collections
Text: Tatsuya Kuji

– A door must be either shut or open?
Exhibition as an attitude expression
– post obitum of Japanese Graphic Design
– Design Shamanism by Tetsuya Goto

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Part:4 Study Room

Tabula Rasa: Worlds Connecting or Design Mannerism
Text: Kiyonori Muroga and Ian Lynam

Study Room: 38 Book on 11 Thematic and Metaphoric Islands:
– Ordering the World
– Connecting Cultures
– Configuration of Space
– Gesture, Symbolism & Culture-building
– Space & Texture
– Modernity-building
– Poesis
– Organizing Contemporary Culture
– Visualizing Language
– Analysis

Contributors to this section include: Aaron Nieh / Åbäke / Kyungsun Kymn / Yah-Leng Yu: Foreign Policy Design Group / Yukimasa Matsuda / Kiyonori Muroga / Javin Mo / Leonard Koren / Philippe Egger / Daijiro Ohara / Caryn Aono / Shutaro Mukai / Yoshihisa Shirai / Fumio Tachibana / Guang Yu / Kohei Sugiura / Kenya Hara / Helmut Schmid / Nobuhiro Yamaguchi / heiQuiti Harata / Jens Müller / Shin Akiyama / Xiao Mage & Cheng Zi / Wang Zhi-Hong / Tetsuya Goto / John Warwicker / so+ba: Alex Sonderegger+Susanna Baer / Peter Bil’ak / Ryan Hageman / Kazunari Hattori / Na Kim / Kirti Trivedi / Ian Lynam / Lu Jingren / Santi Lawrachawee / Chris Ro / Randy Nakamura / Sulki and Min Choi

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Special Feature: Arrangement of Objects

Featuring:
– Kazunari Hattori
– Uta Eisenreich
– Leonard Koren, Arranging Things

Language Without Place
No. 1: Walking a Technology
Text: Scott Joseph
Translation: Takamitsu Yamamoto

The final installment of Barbora and Nonaka’s thrilling examination of Japanese small press history is also included, as is the beautiful supplementary publication BETWEEN A AND B by Kazunari Hattori.

You can pick up a copy of IDEA #376 here.

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