Featured on Lifehacker Japan

February 10, 2016


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

Matt Treyvaud identity

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


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

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

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

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

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

All of the lectures are open to the public.


December 1, 2015


I just published a Japanese version of my essay on the Olympics logo design competition. You can read it here.

Sohei Nishino’s “Cities” project

November 30, 2015


We’ve been working with Ivan Vartanian and the team at Goliga over the past year on the website for the traveling exhibition “Cities” by Sohei Nishino. Having taken place in Amsterdam, London, Paris, and now Tokyo, the exhibition features giant collaged photographic works by Mr. Nishino which represent weeks of photographing each city, then collaging individual photos into one giant work.

We created an integrated panel viewer system and Stripe-based e-commerce checkout system so that website users can select ten separate panels from the exhibition and purchase them online.

Critique of the Tokyo Olympic Design Competition

November 26, 2015


I just wrote a pretty scathing critique of the 2020 Olympic logo competition. You can read it here.

VCFA posters

November 23, 2015


Dave Peacock and I made this series of six 2-color Risograph posters for the recent AIGA National Conference.


slanted #28

November 13, 2015


I have an essay in Slanted #28, which just came out. The theme for this issue is New York.


The cover is very shiny.


The table of contents.


My essay, titled “Escape from New York”.


And the end of my essay, still titled “Escape From New York”.

lecture at general assembly

November 12, 2015


Evidence of my lecture in Chi-Chi Bello‘s class at General Assembly this week.