kind of like spitting 2015 tour

Printed posters and social media image posts for Kind of Like Spitting‘s 2015 US Tour.

Fall Into Darkness

My friend David D’Andrea and I were talking of how we love Barney Bubbles / Colin Fulcher’s work last time I was in Portland. With Nik Turner’s Hawkwind headlining the approaching Fall into Darkness Festival in Portland, Davey offered up the idea of a collaboration. Davey and I published a few collaborative zines back in the day and have kept close contact over the past few years. Davey has since become a legendary illustrator and poster designer whose work is highly sought after and collected. See his work at dvdandrea.com.

Bands that performed at Fall into Darkness 2013:
Day 1: Hedersleben, Billions & Billions, White Manna, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind
Day 2: Lazer/Wulf, Lord Dying, Holy Grail, Orange Goblin
Day 3: Eight Bells, Botanist, Behold…the Arctopus, Agalloch
Day 4: Mike Scheidt, Uzala, Hammers of Misfortune, The Skull

Kanto Tour Guide

A set of ten tour guides of the Kanto region, each by a prominent foreign member of the Tokyo community for Shibaura House. You can read all about it at the project’s home page here! This project was really fun, as it was co-designed with ace hybrid designer/developer, Thien Huynh. Each guide was printed on different colored paper stock using a complementary ink color using Risograph printing.

The tour areas and guides:

・Tour 1:東海道(日本橋~品川)by ルーカス・B.B.
Tokaido by Lucas Badtke-Berkow
・Tour 2:杉並 by ジャレド・ブレイタマン
Suginami by Jared Braiterman
・Tour 3:世田谷 by アレックス・ ソンダレッガー
Setagaya by Alex Sonderegger
・Tour 4:渋谷 by ヴィヴィアン・モレリ
Shibuya by Vivian Morelli
・Tour 5:新島 by スザンナ・ベア
Niijima by Susanna Baer
・Tour 6:横浜 by キム・ミンジョン
Yokohama by Kim Min Jung
・Tour 7:沢井 by クリス・バーテルセン
Sawai by Chris Berthelsen
・Tour 8:有楽町 by ジャン・スノー
Yurakucho by Jean Snow
・Tour 9:港区 by カーレン・クンツ
Minato City by Kaaren Kunze
・Tour 10:横浜 by プジ・ナタジャヤ
Yokohama by Puji Natadjaja

Poster Initiative 014

ed_fella_ian_lynam012

A set of 4 collaborative posters created with designer Ed Fella. The set was released in an edition of 100 at our one-night exhibition at 35 Minutes Gallery in Araiyakushimae in Tokyo.

Understanding Cancer Genomics

Understanding Cancer Genomics through Information Visualization is an international symposium at the University of Tokyo focusing on how information visualization approaches, methods and tools can be used in the understanding of cancer genomic data. We designed a three-color poster, three-color postcard and provided art direction for the symposium website.

NWFC Japanese Currents

Poster for Portland’s NW Film Center‘s Japanese Currents film program.

Kind of Like Spitting – Professional Results

Tour CD for Kind of Like Spitting – listen to it here.

Designer's Whisky

A pair of custom whisky labels designed for Whisk-e using custom patterns, fluorescent Pantones and our house typefaces.

Lesque Junichi Arahata

My latest deck graphic for Lesque– Junichi Arahata’s latest pro model. In use: my font Pompeian Cursive.

Lynam/Kameguchi Wedding Invitations

Simultaneously the easiest and hardest project ever: designing invitations to your own wedding. Just as daunting- do you put it on your website? I thought not, but we’re really proud of how these turned out.

We picked up the squirrels sharing an acorn from an old book of German trademarks, the initial caps from hand-lettering by Bavarian communists, and were forced to put the damn venue’s logo on the map card by the damn venue. Nonetheless, it turned out beautifully. Fine-tuned bilingual typography, lovely printing and blind debossing, custom paper and even the ol’ ‘Rubine Red gradient in the gutter trick’.

The Universal Moment CD

Design for the CD “The Reminder” by Tokyo/Toronto-based band The Universal Moment. The CD is designed with my typeface family Clobber Grotesk.

Space Is The Place buttons

Metallic button set released with the Space Is The Place exhibition.

Space Is The Place

Space Is The Place is an exhibition in Portland, Oregon at Land Gallery. It is a curated selection of graphic design work from the past decade.

Featured are a series of new oversize metallic posters, assorted editorial designs, identity design, type designs, music packaging, assorted broadcast work and other projects.

A limited edition booklet printed in a series of 1,000 containing design-related writings is being given away for free to complement the exhibition.

A set of 4 custom buttons was produced for the event, as well. Assorted projects designed by the studio are available for sale at Land throughout the run of the show, as well.

Accompanyingthe exhibition was a West Coast lecture tour in which I waved my hands around and gave glib, incisive commentary on Japanese typography, recent projects, writing on graphic design, and the state of Design in Japan today.

The lectures:

  • October 4, 5PM at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA
    Room A100
  • October 5, 5PM at Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA
    Ahmanson Building, 6th Floor
  • October 6, 12PM at Portland State University, Portland, OR
    Show & Tell Lecture Series, PSU Art Annex – Room 160, 1990 SW 5th Ave, Rm. 160
  • October 10, 7PM at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
    Room GC-4, Graduate Building, SF Campus

Poster Initiative 012

New installment in the Poster Initiative series- this time a collaboration between myself and artist Bwana Spoons. Bwana drew a series of cats in hats and I collaged together a series of drawings of moles with wings. Printed in 2 spot colors.

Poster Initiative 011

Latest self-initiated poster in the Poster Initiative series. An abstract composition using found and drawn/generated imagery. Printed with 3 spot colors.

Electricity Showroom

Three new collaborative posters with copywriter Chad Rea for Electricity Showroom.

Fukuoka Flower Party

Poster for Fukuoka Flower Party concert.

Open Pro Model 2011

New Ian Lynam “pro model” deck out via Open Skateboards.

Poster Initiative 010

Latest self-initiated poster in the Poster Initiative series. An abstract composition using found and drawn/generated imagery. Printed with 3 spot colors.

Poster Initiative 007

Latest self-initiated poster in the Poster Initiative series. A sarcastic look at religions popular in Japan. Printed with silver and purple spot colors.

Space Is The Place

Illustrative poster based on the theme of exploring graphic and conceptual space. Printed using metallic and fluorescent inks as part of Roland’s Metallic World campaign. Utilized globally as the key art for Roland’s 2010/2011 metallic printer campaign.

Utopia

Illustrative poster depicting a modular future. Printed using metallic and fluorescent inks as part of Roland’s Metallic World campaign.

Future Tense

Illustrative poster depicting a dystopian future populated with robots and traditional Japanese characters. Printed using metallic and fluorescent inks as part of Roland’s Metallic World campaign.

Dymaxion

Homage poster to R. Buckminster Fuller. Printed using metallic and fluorescent inks as part of Roland’s Metallic World campaign.

Forgotten Histories

Brochure design for the Dill Pickle Club.

TypeSketcher

A collaboration between myself and Austin Whipple at Scout Books/Pinball Publishing, it’s a trio of type design sketchbooks with modular grids for designing letterforms.
The inside covers feature illustrated essays showing users how to properly draw letters (overshoot, ascender ratios, type anatomy), as well as showing samples of type design that I find particularly intriguing).
At $12 a pop, they’re cheap, as well. The perfect gift for the type nerd closest to you. Pick one up here.

Walls of Pride poster

Poster for Walls of Pride, a tour of African American murals in Portland, Oregon held by the Dill Pickle Club.
The tour encompassed visits to over a dozen works of art. Adriene Cruz and Isaka Shamsud-Din, two of the featured muralists, were guest speakers at the sites of their work.

Bureau Export

CD design for Bureau Export, the French music industry advocacy non-profit. Includes a 24-page booklet in French and Japanese.

Poster Initiative 006

Newest edition of 1,000 two-color posters in the Poster Initiative series of posters distributed for free around Tokyo. Printed in fluorescent yellow and bronze.

TypeCon Type Sketcher

A preview version of Type Sketcher for TypeCon. A collaboration between myself and Austin Whipple at Scout Books/Pinball Publishing, it’s a trio of type design sketchbooks with modular grids for designing letterforms.
The inside covers feature illustrated essays showing users how to properly draw letters (overshoot, ascender ratios, type anatomy), as well as showing samples of type design that I find particularly intriguing).
At $12 a pop, they’re cheap, as well. The perfect gift for the type nerd closest to you.

House Industries print

New limited edition three-color print (signed series of 200, hand numbered) for the BetterLetter X Artalking House Industries presentation in Tokyo available now for $20 postpaid via Paypal. Email to pick one up.

Web Pattern Card

Greeting card for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Pinwheels Card

Greeting card for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Pinwheels notebook

Notebook for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Pebbles card

Greeting card for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Birds Card

Greeting card for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Web Pattern Journal

2-color journal design for Portland, Oregon stationer, Tenth & Grant.

Tenth & Grant coasters

Coaster designs for Portland, Oregon stationer Tenth & Grant. Each boxed set contains 5 each of 2 designs.

Kenzaburo Oe poster

On occasion, I like to do assignments alongside my students at Temple University Japan, as exploring more abstract approaches to work is fairly rare in Japanese design pedagogy.

The assignment:
Literary Metaphor
Design a poster for an author or critic from the list below whose writing interests you and whose ideas you find
thought provoking. The poster should be large scale (at least 20 inches by 30 inches), in color, and should include the usual who, what, when, and where information that would be appropriate for a book signing, reading, or lecture. The poster must include images as well as typography.
The challenge is to create a visual metaphor for literary ideas that is intelligible without being a trite one-liner, as well
as seductive without relying on usual overworked stylistic trickery.

Potential texts:
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Fires/Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
Labyrinths/Dream Tigers/Ficciones/The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges
Who’s Irish by Gish Jen
Stripping by Pagan Kennedy
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Kavalier & Clay/The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Natural Disasters by Al Burian

For my own poster, I chose a book not on the list that students might be familiar with- The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe.

I included 30 different visual metaphors within my poster design, as well as allusions to Oe-san’s recent legal troubles due to his reporting on a WWII massacre in Okinawa.

The poster was printed 60 inches wide by 110 inches tall using a variety of metallic inks, usual CMYK process, and white ink.

Blunt Mechanic poster

New poster for Blunt Mechanic, on Barsuk Records

Poster Initiative 004

Newest edition of 1,000 two-color posters in the Poster Initiative series of posters distributed for free around Tokyo.

An edition of 20 prints of each color was exhibited at the group show Staying Put at Grasshut in Portland, Oregon in February, 2010.

Poster Initiative 005

Latest version of the Poster Initiative series.

Open Owl model

New skateboard graphic for Open Skateboards.

Lesque Spring 2010

Spring 2010 line of skateboard decks for Lesque.

Open Skateboards

A long time in the coming: season one of Open Skateboards. What started out as a flight of fancy turned into a full-on skateboard company helmed by Trevor Sias. Two decks for the first season: the Ian Lynam “pro” model and another one I designed in homage to Kiyoshi Awazu, one of my favorite Japanese designers who passed away last year. Screenprinted (not cheesy heat transfer) on super-solid wood in the great state of Pennsylvania.

Blunt Mechanic CD

New CD design for Blunt Mechanic, the latest on Barsuk‘s roster. Blunt Mechanic are ex-Kind of Like Spitting and others. I drew a lot for this one, especially on the train. I drew a few hundred characters to make the CD and upcoming LP, as well as the tee shirt and the stickers and the buttons, et cetera. People look at you weird when you draw on the train in Tokyo, especially when you have a good idea or are wringing out an old one while you are standing. You take advantage of those moments when the train stops. Then you draw vikings. And turds.

Five By Fifty collateral

I work closely with the Five By Fifty team to develop collateral for their client presentations. This often takes the form of ideation/inspiration posters, worksheets, digital presentation files, and workbooks. This workbook was designed to help explain the workings of the Japanese economy for an American client.

Bespoke Tokyo postcards

New promotional postcard set designed for Bespoke Tokyo.

Poster Initiative 003

Installment #3 in my self-initiated offset-printed poster series. The posters are produced in editions of 1,000 and distributed around Tokyo.

Lesque Fall 2009

New season of skateboard graphics for Tokyo’s top indie skateboard company, Lesque. Collaborative design with the Lesque team. Photos by 芝崎 佳子 and 瀬ノ上俊毅.

BudSock

Packaging and product branding for BudSock. BudSock is a nifty new anti-tangle device for mobile devices’ cord systems. I worked with company founder Jeffrey Wescott to develop the product’s identity and packaging, as well as beef up their web presence as of late. It’s a nifty sleeve system backed up by a 110% money-back guarantee.

Poster Initiative 002

Self-initiated offset-printed poster series produced in editions of 1,000 and distributed around Tokyo.

Sapporo coasters

Coaster designs for Sapporo. Commissioned by the kind folks at Dentsu Canda,

Néojaponisme buttons

Button set for Néojaponisme

Alto Blodgett

Wedding invitation set for Anastasia Alto and Corey Blodgett

Poster Initiative 001

Self-initiated offset-printed poster series produced in editions of 1,000 and distributed around Tokyo.

Forest Island card set

Set of a dozen promotional trading cards for Bwana Spoons’ book, Welcome to Forest Island.

Lesque Summer 2009

Art direction, design, and illustration for Lesque Skateboards’ Summer 2009 line of skateboards. Lesque is an independent skateboard company based in Tokyo.

Karaoke Throwdown

Poster for the Experimental Filmmaker Karaoke Throwdown, a PDX Fest event. Filmmakers were invited to create unique karaoke videos for the song of their choice for the public to sing along to. Printed by Eberhardt Press and E*Rock.

Men In Black 2 poster

Theatrical poster for MIIB.

Japanese Survival Tool

Self-promotional card featuring an English-to-Japanese katakana/hiragana syllabary chart.

Pinball Designer Card

Promotional card for Pinball Publishing, my very favorite print shop in Portland, Oregon. Printed using two fluorescent Pantone soy inks on post-consumer recycled card stock.

Pause Tea

Packaging for Pause Original Blend Tea, a limited edition tea packaging concept by Cafe Pause in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Meeting Modernity PDX

Announcement card for the Meeting Modernity exhibition in Portland, Oregon at Reading Frenzy Meeting Modernity is a traveling exhibition of found photography documenting Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taisho Periods of history. The Meeting Modernity series is comprised of portrait photography in particular. Meeting Modernity is the focus of my online cultural journal Néojaponisme’s first traveling exhibition.

Lesque Winter 2008

Art direction, design, and illustration for Lesque Skateboards’ Winter 2008 line of skateboards. Lesque is an independent skateboard company based in Tokyo. One design features the work of illustrator Toshiko Kimura.

The Clone Returns Home

Logo, English naming conventions, key art, and print campaign for the feature film The Clone Returns Home, directed by Kanji Nakajima and executive produced by Wim Wenders. Producer Hikari Ohta and I collaborated to bring the film an updated name and identity informed by JAXA’s early identity explorations as much as Dutch Modernism.

Lesque Aerial

Skateboard graphic for Lesque. Rejected design that I liked so much I had some manufactured.

Rap-Up boombox

Limited edition ghetto blaster design for Lasonic and Rap-Up magazine. I designed the unit graphics, as well as all packaging and advertising.

Meeting Modernity card set

A series of 4/1 postcards reproducing eight select images from Meeting Modernity, a traveling exhibition of found photography documenting Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taisho Periods of history. The Meeting Modernity series is comprised of portrait photography in particular. Meeting Modernity is the focus of my online cultural journal Néojaponisme’s first traveling exhibition. The postcard set was produced in an edition of 300 for the Los Angeles debut of the exhibition at Young Art. The rice paper envelope was designed and produced by Kate Hillseth and Paul Forney of Young Art.

Adrían y el Bachason 3

CD packaging for Tokyo-based American singer/songwriter Adrían Zapata.

Kind of Like Spitting EP

Self-titled EP for Kind of Like Spitting.

ImPosters

Poster for ImPosters, a group show at Gallery Visio, the University of Missouri-St Louis’ art space. The show concept: posters for fake bands playing fake shows.

Mine is for a Misfits-y horror rock band named after the first director of the Bauhaus Design School in Germany, playing a show in the school’s first location.

West Seattle Aikikai

Poster campaign for West Seattle Aikikai, an Aikido dojo based in Seattle, Washington.

Red Bull Fuel + Fury

Event design for Red Bull extreme snowcross event.

Peripheral Produce

Mailorder catalog for Portland film production company Peripheral Produce. The catalog was printed using a split fountain technique, causing the two inks to gradate.

Nike supergraphics

Promotional wall supergraphic for Nike World Cup parks.

Nikepark

Posters, postcards, and site graphics for Nike’s 2003 promotional parks. Collaboration with Carole Ambauen, Yoko Tsukuhara, Joshua Berger, Pete McCracken, and Shawn Wolfe at Plazm.

Nike Ken Griffey

POP posters for Nike’s Ken Griffey signature shoe based on baseball card designs.

Nike "Free Yourself"

Key art-stye ad for Nike Japan Soccer.

Mold Recordings

Identity, website, and package design for my record label, Mold Recordings. The first record released is a 7″ of the song “Day Ditty”, recorded by Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think) & E#Vax (Ratatat). A music video for the release can be seen here.

Kind of Like Spitting "Bridges Worth Burning"

LP and CD design for Kind of Like Spitting‘s “Bridges Worth Burning” for Barsuk Records. Assorted promotional items such as tour shirts, buttons, and posters were designed, as well.

Hifana "Connect"

Logos for WKTokyoLab/EMI artist Hifana’s latest CD, “Connect”.

Assorted posters

Various posters designed at California Institute of the Arts. Printing methods included screenprinting, oversize xerography and blueline. The poster for Yehudit Sasportas’ lecture at CalArts won a 2004 Adobe Achievement Award.

Lesque Fall 2008

Skateboard deck graphics for Lesque Skateboards, an independent skateboard company based in Tokyo and Transworld Skateboarding Japan’s 2008 Team of the Year.

Marxy “Forty Years From Now” CD

CD design for Néojaponisme co-founder Marxy’s latest full-length CD on New York’s Music Related label. A mix of declassified files, xeroxing, and sumi ink spills was recombined to create the ominous look of this long player.

Arroyo Arts Collective

Identity and print design for Zone 5 In The City, the Arroyo Arts Collective’s temporary site-specific installation exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition ran from April through May 2008. “Zone 5 in the City” refers to permaculture’s classification of “Zone 5” as the wilderness zone from which we learn the important lesson of working with nature not against it. The exhibition is a project that brings professional artists together with Franklin High School students to explore the issue of sustainability through the construction of site-specific installations on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.