Decolonizing Design

July 30, 2020

I have a new essay in Japanese up over at the JAGDA Graphic Design Review blog about the Design Decolonization movement. You can see it here: https://gdr.jagda.or.jp/articles/16/

Coloring Inside the Lines. Coloring Outside the Lines.

July 13, 2020

I wrote the zine Coloring Inside the Lines. Coloring Outside the Lines. a few years ago. It contains basics for the impending graphic design graduate, and with the current global pandemic, students poised to enter the workforce need more help than ever.

Our publishing unit Wordshape has released a digital version of Coloring Inside the Lines. Coloring Outside the Lines. for free over on Medium.com. You can check it out here:
https://medium.com/@ianlynam/coloring-inside-the-lines-coloring-outside-the-lines-9a95c0956213?source=friends_link&sk=989e6624420e818b28065ded24d4a5c6

The Graphic Design Review

June 22, 2020

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I’ve been invited by JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association) to become one of the founders and board members of a new online publication called The Graphic Design Review. GDR is a site about graphic design centered on information and criticism published by the JAGDA Digital Media Committee. In addition to introducing contemporary aesthetics, we will explore contemporary graphic design from a wide array of cultural contexts and approaches.

Our board includes Editors Kiyonori Muroga and Tetsuya Goto, Ayumu Higuchi, and Yasushi Nagahara (Chairman of Digital Media Committee).

Check out GDR here: https://gdr.jagda.or.jp/

(GDR’s content is currently Japanese language only.)

Corinthians000.com

June 12, 2020

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New website for Corinthians, my collaborative research and curatorial practice with the inestimable Renna Okubo, developed by the unparalleled Maggie Barrett.

A New Dawn For All

June 10, 2020

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We designed a new identity and website for the Arizona 503(c) non-profit organization A New Dawn For All.

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The founders of A New Dawn for All recognize the growing need to support domestic violence victims and families to start anew. When someone is leaving a shelter or needing extra support, A New Dawn provides families with home goods (big or small) and resources so that they have one less stress for their new beginning. A New Dawn’s mission is to guide all towards positive, healthy home environments that will improve their lives as well as others in the community. A New Dawn provides mindful education and developmental opportunities for individuals to promote stable, supportive environments leading to happier, healthier lives.

Slanted #35 – LA

May 8, 2020

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I’m very excited to announce that the latest issue of Slanted is out now. Last summer, Slanted Publishers’ co-founder Lars Harmsen and I headed to LA to meet with a wide array of designers, design educators, design critics, architects, artists, signpainters, and illustrators to put together this issue. Check it out here: https://www.slanted.de/product/slanted-magazine-35-los-angeles/

Collage Club

May 7, 2020

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I led a free online lecture and workshop called “Collage Club” on April 26 for the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design.

Lecture description:

Due to the incredible reliance on digital tools today, let’s turn to making some visual work with our hands instead—both individually and collectively. Collage is both a method and a strategy that gets overlooked in regards to graphic design, despite being part and parcel of graphic design. Collage is one method for making work that exudes design authorship, stands out from the pack, and can help imbue your design work with visual authorship.

After a brief and very cursory look at influential collage from the 1970s through today (AKA Ian’s wildly subjective take on what he terms “The Collage Canon”), workshop members are invited to explore the catharsis of making analog collaged compositions together. While there is a relatively brief presentation component, this workshop is intended to allow us all to slow down, focus in ways we might not do normally, consider our aesthetic choices, chat, cut and paste, but most of all: be together.

More info: https://perpetualbeta.vcfa.edu/2020/04/21/vcfa-mfa-in-graphic-design-free-public-lecture-workshop/

Persist & Resist

May 4, 2020

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Logo design for Arizona-based grassroots Democratic political advocacy group.

Glot Round

April 14, 2020

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Glot Round is a ten-member flared terminal sans serif family of typefaces based on a mix of proportions of Roman square capitals and hyper-readable sans serifs with slightly rounded corners.

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Glot Round comes in five weights with matching true italics: Light, Regular, Medium, Bold and Black.

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The Glot family has a wide range and is incredibly functional, working well for longer texts as well as display typography.

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After designing the house typefaces for a handful of the most predominant multi-player online games out there, we decided that it was time to bring the battlefield to the people.

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Glot Round comes armed with ample language support (Central, Eastern, and Western European) and OpenType ornamental spiked alternate characters for when one needs a hint of danger.

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You can license Glot Round here: http://wordshape.com/font/glot-round/

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I’m A Design Student—What Happens Next?

April 9, 2020

I was interviewed along with my VCFA co-conspirator Silas Munro, pal Mitch Goldstein, and four other design educators about life for students after the current pandemic on the AIGA Eye on Design blog.

You can read it here: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/im-a-design-student-what-happens-next/

Some of the interview questions that were not published, but for which I think I provided snappy answers:

Are there specific design jobs or design skills that are more likely to get through this crisis without much disruption, and others that will be hit harder?

Hands down, education. I have found that most realms of design are incredibly fickle during an economic downturn, and teaching is something that has relative stability. Sure, it is not glamorous, but you get to go into interesting, speculative situations every day and talk to really nice people who are smart.

For over a decade, there has been a “brain drain” on graduate education because the technology sector just paid *so much* more, so many folks who would have taught instead turned to tech. I imagine that the current crisis will make technology companies ask their workers to do much more for much less money. (That would be the rational business move.) I think that right now is really the time to get into design education if you are so inclined. If you have a terminal degree, you can teach while still doing your ‘fabulous’ tech work.

When this is all over, how do you think this will change the structure of the design industry or design education?

I feel like this is all a giant dry run for the future. This is a time in which companies and clients are seeing how much labor they can extract from people working from home so they don’t have to pay for real estate, pay annual salaries, pay benefits, or generally do the things that Fordist companies did for their employees once upon a time. I can literally envision in my mind hundreds of HR people on the high administration level in tech companies just rubbing their mitts right now in anticipation of the future and what this very moment means for tomorrow’s shareholder profits.

What can we learn from this experience of working and teaching remotely that will help to make our jobs and classrooms more flexible/adaptable to change and more accessible to designers from marginalized communities?

I would counter that with two rhetorical/not rhetorical questions for you:

1. Do you think that flexibility and adaptability are necessarily good traits?

2. Socioeconomically, we have seen that it drives down the amount of money that people make and increase labor exponentially. Is that what we want from the future?

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