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Doof Doof

Doof Doof is a series of design writing workshops given by Ian Lynam.

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Total Armageddon

A new 400-page book of design theory edited by Ian Lynam.

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The Thing

An 88-page booklet that examines thorny aspects of design, designers, and design history.

“Ian is always the first person I go to when need design help. Besides being an aesthetic genius, he is unrelenting in his commitment to portraying the right image for my brands. Top all of that off with a heavy dose of flexibility and professionalism and you end up with not only first-class designs, but an overall experience that ends up feeling more like fun than work.”

– Jeffrey Wescott

Change.org

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Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse

A new 112-page booklet about overcoming “Creative Constipation™.”

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Teaching at Temple University Japan

Ian Lynam is faculty at Temple University’s NASAD-accredited Japan Campus.

“Ian is an honest, simply-brilliant, graphic designer with skills and talent in abundance with the flexibility to adapt to meet and exceed a client’s need and did so each time we worked with him. He is a pleasure to collaborate with I would recommend him to anyone with confidence.”

– Joseph Keating

Klein Dytham architecture

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Custom typefaces

We have designed a wide range of custom typefaces for assorted companies—from display faces to text families.

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Slanted #31 – Tokyo

We both edited and are featured in Slanted Magazine's latest issue devoted to graphic design in Tokyo.

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Canard

We designed the identity for Canard, Portland's latest culinary phenomenon.

“Eschewing the shortsighted practical nature of much graphic design-oriented writing, Lynam focuses on demythologizing contemporary graphic design – opening up a new horizon of discourse both East and West.”

– Kiyonori Muroga

Idea Magazine

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Biwa & Biwa Display

Biwa is a new straight-sided family of formally nuanced grotesk typefaces for text typesetting and display work for both print and screen.

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Drive Hokkaido!

A website devoted to tourism in northern Japan.

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Cannibals.

A handbook of dubious exercises, tips, and rants about becoming a designer who teaches... (But just as much a handbook for designers who happen to be being taught.)

“Ian Lynam is a visionary designer, forcing us to challenge our assumptions about what design is, and what it can do. He constantly invites us to imagine new modes of inquiry, and makes a case for design as a fundamental way of knowing, and communicating, the world around us.”

– Thomas Christopher Greene

author of The Headmaster's Wife

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Slouching Towards Delphi

A new series of installations spanning sound, found objects, narrative, and type design.

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99+1: Traveling Through Art, Design & Architecture

99+1 is a new book and responsive website for the Japanese National Tourism Organization.

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Kurokura

We worked to define the identity of craft sake brand Kurokura.

“Ian is pragmatic and effective in creating beautiful cultural products, and a pleasure to work with. He found amazing nuggets of graphic design and typography in our corporate archives, and turned them into amazing contemporary assets. He’s comfortable doing things himself, as well as at finding relevant partners, and has consistently shown a great level of initiative.”

– Raphaël Mazoyer

ASICS / Onitsuka Tiger

Start Somewhere - A Handbook of Dubious Exercises, Tips and Rants About Becoming a Designer Who Writes

Start Somewhere

Start Somewhere: A Handbook of Dubious Exercises, Tips and Rants About Becoming a Designer Who Writes is a zine to help designers grapple with generating their own content.

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Temple University Japan

We designed the branding, signage and interior design for Temple University Japan's main building Azabu Hall.

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27th Brno Biennial Study Room

Curation, lecture, writing and editing for the legendary Czech series of exhibitions.

“Ian Lynam is a visionary designer, forcing us to challenge our assumptions about what design is, and what it can do. He constantly invites us to imagine new modes of inquiry, and makes a case for design as a fundamental way of knowing, and communicating, the world around us.”

– Thomas Christopher Greene

author of The Headmaster's Wife

Interior graphic design for Pivotal and Pivotal Labs by Ian Lynam Design in Tokyo.

Pivotal Tokyo Offices

Interior graphics for software innovator Pivotal's Tokyo offices.

Species Regret by Ian Lynam

Species Regret

An exhibition of writing, installation and sound in Tokyo.

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Welcome to Forest Island

Editorial direction and book design for Portland artist Bwana Spoons' first monograph.

“Working with Ian Lynam offers unparalleled creativity and client focus. Whether designing for a global search company or a university garden institution, Ian knows how to uncover clients’ often unstated needs, and then design something unique and compelling. Ian is a maker, an educator, and an inspiring person to work with.”

– Jared Braiterman, PhD

Social Models LLC

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That’s Entertainment!

A hybrid exhibition and essay-as-website exploring the role of graphic designers and design criticism in the world market economy.

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Space Academy

Identity for Space Academy, an event space in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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IDEA | アイデア

Ian Lynam regularly writes, designs, and edits features for IDEA / アイデア, Japan's oldest and most innovative graphic design magazine.

“Ian Lynam is a visionary and a thought leader in the field of design. It’s an honor to have him lead our graduate graphic design program.”

– Thomas Greene, President

Vermont College of Fine Arts

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Slanted

Writing for Slanted, the inimitable German magazine on typography and visual culture.

Whole Foods "Values Matter" campaign typeface design by Ian Lynam Design

Whole Foods “Values Matter”

Type design for the North American supermarket chain.

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Arts Excursions Unlimited

Holistic identity design for a public arts initiative.

“Ian is pragmatic and effective in creating beautiful cultural products, and a pleasure to work with. He found amazing nuggets of graphic design and typography in our corporate archives, and turned them into amazing contemporary assets. He’s comfortable doing things himself, as well as at finding relevant partners, and has consistently shown a great level of initiative.”

– Raphaël Mazoyer

ASICS / Onitsuka Tiger

Parting It Out by Ian Lynam

Parting It Out

Ian went and wrote a book about graphic design. 78,209 words about it, but who's counting? It has a die-cut paper slipcover, a fabric paper-backed inner slipcover, and split fountain printing.

Google Tokyo Offices Interior Design

Google Tokyo Offices

We designed the interior graphic design scheme for Google's Tokyo offices, as well as all wayfinding and signage.

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Adobe Typekit CJK Specimen

A custom bilingual Japanese/English website highlighting Typekit's Asian webfont support.

“Ian’s a sharpshooter. We had some identity issues that needed a pro and he took to heart our long-winded descriptions of all things we were trying to evoke. He returned with a thorough identity presentation that struck an exquisite balance of all that things that swirled around in our heads. It made us look in the mirror and think, “Yeah, thats who we are!”

– Trevor Fife

Field Office Films

Identity and environmental design for Le Comptoir Occitan

Le Comptoir Occitan

Identity and environmental design for a Basque restaurant in the Daikanyama district of Tokyo.

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YACHT

We've created a number of different design projects for our pals in the band YACHT, including their identity, apparel, and custom typefaces.

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VCFA MFA in Graphic Design

Ian Lynam is Faculty and former Co-Chair of the MFA in Graphic Design Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

“Working with Ian is a dream! He is able to take a few half-formed thoughts from our end and turn them into brilliant design that eloquently communicates the identity we aim to project. He has an amazing ability of knowing exactly what you need with only the slightest amount of information. He treats each project with the utmost attention and care and is always quick to respond to changes with an open and generous mind. We couldn’t imagine working with anyone else!”

– Gretchen Hogue

Portland Documentary & eXperimental Film Fest

Design and typography for Northwest Passage, a book and CD about independent music from Portland, Oregon published by The Dill Pickle Club. Portland, Oregon

Northwest Passage

Design and typography for Northwest Passage, a book and CD about independent music from Portland, Oregon.

Type Sketcher is a trio of type design sketchbooks with modular grids for designing letterforms.

TypeSketcher

Type Sketcher is a trio of type design sketchbooks with modular grids for designing letterforms.

Sailors Singapore by Ian Lynam Design

Sailors

We designed the identity for a new Singapore-based communication agency.

“Ever find yourself drawn to an image or sucked into an design article based purely on the form or content, then finding out later- after you go back to read the credit line- that a friend actually busted it out? That’s Ian.”

– Andy Cruz

House Industries

Identity for San Francisco-based swimwear company, Saga.

Saga Swimwear

Identity and art direction for San Francisco swimwear company.

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Nike “Train to Win”

Product line book and DVD for Nike’s Asia Pacific region.

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Lesque Skateboards

Art direction for Japanese skateboard company.

“As an artist, publisher, writer and designer, Ian seems to have had more than nine lives, and frankly it’s hard to keep up! He doesn’t just bring technical skills, but a depth of cultural understanding from the ground up — low, high, pop, fringe — that is invaluable to his varied clients. While other designers skim the shiny surface of current trends, Ian drills down with a solid understanding of history and meaning of the motifs, letter forms, and images he utilizes.”

– Chloe Eudaly

Reading Frenzy

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Konexi

Modular 3D type design for the board game Konexi.

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Huis Ten Bosch

We created the branding and design consulting for the latest wing of the Nagasaki amusement park.

YouTube Space Tokyo by Ian Lynam Design

YouTube Space Tokyo

We created the interior graphic design scheme for YouTube's Tokyo offices and creative studio.

“Ian is an honest, simply-brilliant, graphic designer with skills and talent in abundance with the flexibility to adapt to meet and exceed a client’s need and did so each time we worked with him. He is a pleasure to collaborate with I would recommend him to anyone with confidence.”

– Joseph Keating

Klein Dytham architecture

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Topsy

We created the identity for Topsy, the Apple-acquired search engine for Twitter.

Design for The Clone Returns Home film

The Clone Returns Home

Identity for the Wim Wenders and Kanji Nakajima film.

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Poster Initiative

A set of 4 collaborative posters created with fellow designer Ed Fella.

“Ian Lynam is a pleasure to work with. Always understanding of what you are trying to achieve and able to offer the sage advice of a creative designer. Reliable, timely, and effective in what he does. I would definitely recommend his services.”

– Glenn Davies

Temple University Japan

PechaKucha Night identity

PechaKucha Night

We designed the identity for the iconic global design event series.

NASA Exhibition Design by Ian Lynam

NASA Hubble Telescope

We created the identity and advertising campaign for NASA and The Washington County Museum‘s 2012/2013 exhibition Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.

Identity design for Le Pigeon and LittleBird

Le Pigeon & Little Bird

Identities for two of Portland, Oregon's iconic restaurants.

“Ever find yourself drawn to an image or sucked into an design article based purely on the form or content, then finding out later- after you go back to read the credit line- that a friend actually busted it out? That’s Ian.”

– Andy Cruz

House Industries

Letterfirm, an exhibition of international expressive typography

Letterfirm

An exhibition of international expressive typography curated by Ian Lynam.

LACMA Study Day

LACMA Study Day

Assisting the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art define their vision for curating a collection of Japanese Graphic Design.

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Kimbo

Our plug-in for Adobe Illustrator which adds 13 new tools to Illustrator's tool palette.

“Eschewing the shortsighted practical nature of much graphic design-oriented writing, Lynam focuses on demythologizing contemporary graphic design – opening up a new horizon of discourse both East and West.”

– Kiyonori Muroga

Idea Magazine

Ten printed tour guides for the Kanto region of Japan

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.

Joshu + Vela identity

Joshu + Vela

Identity design for the San Francisco bag and accessory company Joshu + Vela.

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IDEA #360

A 96-page feature about CalArts' Graphic Design Department for IDEA.

“As an artist, publisher, writer and designer, Ian seems to have had more than nine lives, and frankly it’s hard to keep up! He doesn’t just bring technical skills, but a depth of cultural understanding from the ground up — low, high, pop, fringe — that is invaluable to his varied clients. While other designers skim the shiny surface of current trends, Ian drills down with a solid understanding of history and meaning of the motifs, letter forms, and images he utilizes.”

– Chloe Eudaly

Reading Frenzy

Tokyo luxury event company BeBespoke

Assorted identity projects

Identity is our ethos―the fundamental character of a culture, individual, business or community.

Identity design for Portland, Oregon's Bitna Chung Photography

Bitna Chung Photography

We created a decorative, highly tactile print identity for the amazing Portland, Oregon photographer Bitna Chung.

Field Office Films Identity Design

Field Office Films

Identity for the director behind the opening sequence for the TV show True Blood.

“Working with Ian Lynam offers unparalleled creativity and client focus. Whether designing for a global search company or a university garden institution, Ian knows how to uncover clients’ often unstated needs, and then design something unique and compelling. Ian is a maker, an educator, and an inspiring person to work with.”

– Jared Braiterman, PhD

Social Models LLC

Identity for BeBespoke, Tokyo's Experience Atelier

BeBespoke

Identity design for Tokyo-based Experience Atelier.

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Tokyo Fashion Week

We created the identity for Tokyo Fashion Week.

Design and typography for the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX Film Fest). Portland, Oregon

PDX Film Fest

Design and typography for the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX Film Fest). Portland, Oregon.

“Joyfully and skillfully straddling the line between creator and critic, theorist and practitioner, formalist and rebel, American and expatriate, serious analyst and humorous deconstructor, Ian Lynam always brings a wholly original perspective to his writing on design. The insights are always fresh, and the stakes are always extremely high.”

– W. David Marx

author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style