A number of publications I have both written and contributed to are on exhibit at Utah MOCA in their current exhibition, “Mall No. 2″.


I was interviewed for the great website Tokyo Graphic Designers recently. You can read me blathering on here. Photo above by Michael Holmes.


We just released our new typeface family Perper Bloeren, available from Wordshape and YouWorkForThem!

Ten display fonts crammed into one! Decorative rules! A whole bunch of alternate characters! More!!!


I was interviewed recently on the amazing Through Process graphic design podcast. We talk about anti-intellectualism and design, as well as issues with contemporary criticism and design education.


We just updated Kimbo, our plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, so that it is compatible with CC2015. Versions for CS6, CC, and CC2014 are included. Check it out here!

I’ve been working with the band YACHT on a number of initiatives as of late, notably the design of two families of typefaces for their new album, “I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler”.

Here’s a look at the YACHT identity circa 2015. They’re using it all over the place

YACHT also has a ton of new wearables which you can check out here. They are accompanied by insanely funny copywriting, e.g.:

You’re no reactionary. You’re not claiming to have been promised some jetpack, and you’re completely grateful for the internet. But you do ask yourself why does every new shopping mall look like a Tuscan villa? Why would you want to Kickstart your cousin’s new rideable sustainable wearable?

• Non-hooded Sweat-Style Shirt
• Now Available In Heather’s Grey
• Long Sleeves To Hide Your Bad Tattoos
• Dark Black Type, Designed by YACHT & Ian Lynam
• Simplistic and Naive While Simultaneously Subversive
• Make a Statement While Staying So Cozy

We also designed this billboard promoting the album which is prominently displayed in Los Angeles currently.

Wait until you see the new record…


It’s been a long, weird month. A lot has happened. Like, a lot a lot. Let’s get down to brass tacks:

My new book Parting It Out came out. And then Yuki and I packaged up 400+ of them and shipped them out to all of our amazing Kickstarter backers. Now we have 973 books sitting in our office (a chunk are sitting in Ultrasupernew currently) waiting for homes. I am not looking forward to the slog of distributing that many books, but like many things, it can be done.

The microsite for the book launched. You can procure a copy of the book there.
 It is also available from Wordshape.

Kit of Parts: 10 Years of Graphic Design by Ian Lynam

As of the end of March, I have resided and worked in Tokyo for a decade. This is big stuff. I have lived in Tokyo more than twice as long as any incorporated hamlet, town or city since becoming an adult. It’ll just be another 8 years and I’ll have left my hometown in the dust.

To celebrate, I have a ten-year retrospective up now at Ultrasupernew in Harajuku in Tokyo. I’ll be at the gallery to meet folks over the next month as time allows, though get in touch if you’d like to have me tell you about the work in the gallery.

We’ve shipped a ton of new projects. One big one was an identity project for Akasa, a Thai Healing Arts Studio run by longtime friend Gretchen Hogue. If you are in need of bodywork in the Pacific Northwest, you could do much, much, much worse!

We launched a new project for Adobe’s Typekit webfont service. After a number of years in development, Adobe has launched support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean webfonts with the most significantly reduced loading times ever—a world first! 

In the guise of a restaurant in his neighborhood of Hatagaya, Shibuya in Tokyo, I and ace developer/designer Thien Huynh have crafted a responsive site that takes advantage of Adobe’s new webfont offerings while also highlighting some fancy CSS trickery.

I participated in a few events for Adobe recently, notably the Behance Tokyo Portfolio Reviews and Adobe Creative Jam Tokyo 2015. For each, I demoed Adobe Shape CC, Adobe’s new mobile app that allows you to vectorize high-contrast images and export the vectors to CC apps. It’s a total timesaver for comping in Illustrator, and when paired with Kimbo, allows for total design craziness on the fly. 

I wrote the definitive long-form essay on the music packaging work of legendary Japanese graphic designer Yokoo Tadanori here.

I’ve been extremely busy keeping the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design blog Perpetual Beta populated with scintillating content―stuff like interviews with NORM, YACHT, Aaron Winters, Rick Poynor, Randy Nakamura and process-based content showing the work of our amazing students.

I also did a write-up of all of the guests that have visited the program during these first five years that we have been gestating. There’s a ton more to come!

Kimbo‘s about to be Illustrator CC2015-ready, as well! There have been a number of changes to Adobe’s plug-in/add-on infrastructure, none of which are worked out yet, so we’ve figured out a workaround that will work in perpetuity. Just finishing up the Windows version and documentation. Launching soon!

Our pals Kathleen and Christopher at Draw Down Books made this amazing retrospective poster for their recent VCFA workshop “Spontaneous Form, Gesture Made Visual” workshop with Draw Down Books at VCFA, 2015. Double-sided. Ships folded. Poster, 22.75 x 33 inches, offset. It costs 25 cents. 


huh interview series on VCFA blog

I started a new interview series over at Perpetual Beta, the VCFA blog. It’s called “Huh?” and so far, I’ve interviewed Thomas Knoll, the creator of Photoshop; Julia Kahl of Slanted; E*Rock; Lullatone; and Swiss graphic design studio Hammer. Interviews are forthcoming with Andy Cruz of House Industries, Randy Nakamura, Rick Poynor, Francisco Laranjo, Corey Holms, Through Process, Typecache, YACHT, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Norm, Shirana Shahbazi, Johnny Linnert of PechaKucha Night, Aaron Winters, Dave Peacock, Nikki Juen, Silas Munro, Lars Harmsen of 100 for 10, and a ton of other folks.

I also became the lone Chair of the VCFA MFA Program in Graphic Design back in April.


PSU Annex

I just had an overly long essay on time travel and graphic design education published in ANNEX, a new zine from the Portland State University Art and Design departments.

I also had another essay published in Slanted #25. This issue’s theme is “Paris”, and I wrote about my experiences there in a particular museum, and how it contrasted with my experience at two other museums.

Surprisingly, the title of the essay is “Three Museums”.


Barney Bubbles lecture by Ian Lynam

You can check out the recent lecture I did about the life and times of the late British graphic designer Barney Bubbles here.



Three of my older essays were just reprinted in IDEA DOCUMENT, a nearly 400 bilingual page compilation of the absolute best writing on typography and type design from IDEA over the past 20 years. Check it out or obtain a copy here.