PAC

March 17, 2016

PAC.MN - Share multiple URLs easily

Pac.mn is a project we worked on a few years ago which we’re still quite happy with. It’s an easy way to share multiple URLs in a graphic and non-intrusive way.

PAC.MN - Share multiple URLs easily

You can see Pac.mn here.

Areas of Interest workshop

March 12, 2016

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Some of my writing will be the focus of this upcoming workshop that is a part of Singapore Design Week. More: http://areas-of-interest.com/workshops

Space Academy

March 5, 2016

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We just finished up the identity for Space Academy, an event space in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Identity for W. David Marx

March 4, 2016

Identity for W. David Marx, author of Ametora

We just completed the identity for Néojaponisme co-founder and Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style author W. David Marx. Two-color letterpress on toothy white cotton board.

Curating the 27th Brno Biennial

February 25, 2016

Brno Biennial 27 Study Room curated by Ian Lynam and Kiyonori Muroga of IDEA Magazine

Big exciting news: Kiyonori Muroga and I have been chosen to co-curate the 27th Brno Biennial’s Study Room, a gallery housing a collection of readings that form the academic component of one of the world’s most celebrated and longest-running design exhibitions.

For our theme and title for the Study Room, we have chosen, “Tabula Rasa: Worlds Connecting or Design Mannerism”. The essay that follows reflects our approach to the Study Room:

Tabula Rasa: Worlds Connecting or Design Mannerism

As a result of the victory of modernization, the word “design” is prevalent across the globe. You can talk about design, but only as long as one situates the conversation within the disciplines and established rubrics of modern design. However, the fundamental meaning of the word “design” and how it is interpreted is not so obvious and common. Interpretations, mindsets, and nuances vary from culture to culture and country to country.

While graphic design history in the 20th century has become rich and meaningful, the variations in perception of what “design” actually is have not been explored deeply. During the cold war period, publications and events like Brno Biennial worked as the gateway of potential cultural exchange, such as how design might be defined between cultures.

Due to rapid globalisation since the end of 20th century, graphic design has become both deeply rigorous, but at the same time, deeply homogenous. Modern graphic design (and its discourses) seems to be more and more distilled and filter out the culture and history outside of the established boundaries of design as cultural capital, cultural production, and centralised discourse.

It is ironic that the division between ‘locality’ and ‘globality’ has been so deep while technology and economy have increased the speed and ease of global communication.

However, there have been individuals and works whom have veered away from the established norms – the established track of Western modernist ideals, norms and forms. A global inability to procure localised bodies of knowledge – be they geographic or metaphysical – is of utmost interest to us in terms of curation of the Brno Study Room 2016 – to help expose publications either on the periphery or completely outside of Western ideas of graphic design discourse, dialectics, and comprehension.

We aim for the Brno Biennial Study Room 2016 to be a place of reconnecting what we perceive as ‘worlds’ – spheres of activity that are technocratic, cultural and ‘other’ in nature – reconciling the slippage between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ in a heretofore unseen way that sidesteps Orientalization, imparts mystery, and promotes understanding. We are at a moment in time where what “design” is seems commonly accepted globally, yet in reality represents a multitude of attitudes and perspectives.

Reading room attendees are urged to think of the tabula rasa (the blank slate) in its most innate form – the wax slate which the Romans used for note-taking. Attempt to allow your mind to warm over your preconceptions of what design actually is prior to involving yourself in this exhibition. The Neoliberal era’s Big 5 (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) have shorn citizens of the world of their autonomy in decision-making and ideology-forming, shifting individuals en masse from being users to being mere participants. Our hope is that individuals who encounter the Study Room do the opposite – that the findings within instead instill a sense of agency and re-evaluation, of mystery and greater meaning.

Upcoming public lecture at ICAS/Temple University Japan

February 19, 2016

I will be giving this lecture in Tokyo in March.

Tokyo Olympics Graphic Design by Ian Lynam

The Tokyo Olympics’ Visual Identity & Japanese Graphic Design

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Venue: Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F
(access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker:
Ian Lynam, Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program and adjunct faculty at Temple University Japan Campus
Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to public
Language: English
RSVP:  icas@tuj.temple.edu
* If you RSVP you are automatically registered. If possible, we ask you to RSVP but we always welcome participants even you do not RSVP.
* RSVPなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。
Overview

There has been an international uproar over the public Tokyo Olympic logo competition. Many professional designers hate it because it devalues their labor. The public loves it because it democratizes design. Expanding on his visual essay “Why We Should Really Be Concerned About the Visual Identity for the Tokyo Olympics”, (https://medium.com/@ianlynam/why-we-should-really-be-concerned-about-the-visual-identity-for-the-tokyo-olympics-969830d0e819#.h3ojbgtfo) Ian Lynam looks to design history and cultural narrative to help explain a history of design and the Olympics in Japan.

Featured on Lifehacker Japan

February 10, 2016

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I was just featured on Lifehacker Japan in a post about the Now Japan conference that I spoke at in Lithuania last year. Thanks, Rie!

That’s Entertainment!

February 8, 2016

That's Entertainment by Ian_Lynam

I just returned home after my lecture tour of the U.S. East Coast. The turnouts at VCFA, University of Hartford, Rutgers, Temple, and York College were great. Many thanks to the Dont Rhine, Luis Jacob, the VCFA Visual Art program, Matthew Monk, Jenn Renko, Jason Cheshire, Deb Kline, the Connecticut Art Directors Club, Jason Alejandro, Dermot McCormack, Troy Patterson and Mel Rodgers. What a swell bunch of folks for setting this all up! (Giant thanks to Evan Mast for letting me stink up his couch in NYC, as well.)

That's Entertainment by Ian_Lynam

My exhibition “That’s Entertainment!” had a great response in York, Pennsylvania at Marketview Arts. All exhibition photography by Troy Patterson.

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Identity for Matt Treyvaud

January 23, 2016

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We recently finished up designing the visual identity for Matt Treyvaud, our compatriot over at Néojaponisme and one of the best writers and translators out there!

East Coast lecture tour & “That’s Entertainment.” exhibition

January 13, 2016

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I will be giving a five-date lecture tour of the Northeast U.S. in two weeks, as well as debuting a new exhibition at York College of Pennsylvania called “That’s Entertainment.” that is a synthesis of my work as a designer and design critic. I wrote a new essay-as-website which forms the backbone of the exhibition. You can read it here, as well as download PDF versions of the posters that comprise the exhibition.

At the exhibition itself, an unnumbered edition of 100 of the posters in the exhibition will be given away for free. There are 32 posters, so that means that 3,200 posters will be given away.

Montpelier, VT:
Lecture: “There’s Chocolate in my Peanut Butter.”
January 27, 10AM
VCFA Noble Hall
36 College St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
http://vcfa.edu

Hartford, CT:
Lecture: “Tokyo, we have a problem.”
presented by the Connecticut Art Directors Club
Friday, January 29th, 7PM
University of Hartford
Koopman Commons in the Renée Samuels Center
http://www.cadc.org/

Rutgers, NJ:
The Winners & Losers of History – The Emergence of Japanese Graphic Design
February 1st, 6pm-8pm
Rutgers University
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Civic Square Building, Room 218C
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/performing-arts-center/galleries/directions

Philadelphia, PA:
Lecture: “There’s Chocolate in my Peanut Butter.”
February 3, 2016. Time TBA.
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
https://www.temple.edu/

York, PA:
Lecture: “There’s Chocolate in my Peanut Butter.”
February 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
DeMeester Recital Hall in Wolf Hall
York College of Pennsylvania

That’s Entertainment!: An Exhibition
February 5 – March 19, 2016
Opening: February 5, 2016 at 5:00pm
Coni Wolf Gallery at Marketview Arts
37 W Philadelphia St.
York, Pennsylvania 17401
http://entertain.ianlynam.com/

All of the lectures are open to the public.

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