The Impossibility of Silence

The Impossibility of Silence is a 200+ page paperback for creative folks interested in approaching writing about their vocation and culture.

AXES Partners

Branding and identity for AXES Partners, a multidisciplinary firm specializing in project management services throughout all of Japan.

Ouzuri

The Future of Tradition: brand-building for a Japanese footwear startup

“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

Wordshape

Wordshape is our hybrid type foundry, publishing entity, distributor of the Japanese graphic design magazine IDEA /アイデア and related Japanese graphic design books, and software company.

The Letter I

A brand new 52-page booklet by Ian Lynam that examines notions of authenticity via design, consumption, and history.

Adipeau

Identity for new skin care brand

“The best kept secret in Japan. Encyclopedic in his knowledge of typography and all things beautifully considered. There are few men in Tokyo — nay, the world — that care more about design and the creative process as does Ian Lynam. Oh, and he’s the nicest guy you’ll meet.”

– Craig Mod

Slanted #35 – Los Angeles

We co-edited and co-curated Slanted #35, an issue wholly devoted to LA.

NJP No. 1

The debut print journal from Néojaponisme — 128 pages of new content about retro Tokyo past and present.

Temple University Japan in Sangenjaya

Corporate identity, signage, and interior design for TUJ in Sangenjaya.

“In all our collaborations, Ian has always brought a fresh perspective and boundless energy to the project. His encyclopedic knowledge of visual culture, ability to quickly work through multiple concepts, and deep Rolodex of talented friends, also give us the confidence to move beyond our first idea, towards a final product that will surprise and delight our clients.”

– Chris Palmieri

AQ

Critique: The War of Design

A new zine about how to approach design critique from cultural and critical perspectives.

VCFA MFA in Graphic Design collateral

Collateral design for VCFA's MFA in Graphic Design Program

IDEA #385

A 32-page feature on Ian Lynam Design in IDEA #385.

“Ian Lynam likes thinking about design as much as making it. Luckily for us, he also likes writing about it that much too. The payoff: he is amazing at all three.”

– Shawn Seymour

Lullatone

VCFA branding & marketing

Branding, positioning, marketing & identity initiatives for Vermont College of Fine Arts

Doof Doof

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

Total Armageddon

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

“Ian Lynam likes thinking about design as much as making it. Luckily for us, he also likes writing about it that much too. The payoff: he is amazing at all three.”

– Shawn Seymour

Lullatone

The Thing

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

Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse

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

“Ian Lynam created a unique consumer intelligence portal that doubles as our company homepage. The website has added value to Five by Fifty by enhancing our corporate identity and marketing strategy. We will continue to work with Ian because he takes time to understand our business, speaks to us about technological issues in language we understand, and adds business acumen on top of creativity to help us achieve our goals.”

– Charles Spreckley

Five By Fifty

Teaching at Temple University Japan

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

Custom typefaces

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

Slanted #31 – Tokyo

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

“Ian is an empire, a fanfare, a circus.

While most designers are accomplished at walking and chewing gum—the equivalent in graphic design terms of InDesign mastery while thinking conceptually—Ian does backflips of writing and publishing, walks the tightrope of research, and performs the acrobatics of teaching, all while stilt-walking an expansive terrain of graphic design practice… and all this while adeptly juggling platters of diverse knowledge that include history, theory, philosophy, humanities, and the gamut of pop culture.

But most of all Ian is accomplished at generously sharing himself and his many gifts with his whole heart. And this is why, simply, we love him.”

– Louise Sandhaus

author of Earthquakes Mudslides Fires & Riots, CalArts

Canard

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

Biwa and Biwa Display typeface family by Ian Lynam

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.

DriveHokkaido webiste by Ian Lynam Design

Drive Hokkaido!

A website devoted to tourism in northern Japan.

“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

Cannibals. by Ian Lynam - a book on graphic design

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 Slouching Towards Delphi exhibition

Slouching Towards Delphi

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

99+1 Ian Lynam Design JNTO

99+1: Traveling Through Art, Design & Architecture

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

“Ian has the design skills I wish I had. His consistently creative designs come from an informed mind and relentless work ethic. I love working with him.”

– Austin Whipple

Pinball Publishing Inc.

Kurokura

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

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.

Temple University Japan rebranding by Ian Lynam Design

Temple University Japan

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

“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

Ian Lynam and Kiyonori Muroga of Idea Magazine at Brno Biennial

27th Brno Biennial Study Room

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

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.

“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

Wecome to Forest Island by Bwana Spoons designed by Ian Lynam in Tokyo.

Welcome to Forest Island

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

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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.

“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

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.

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.

“Ian is an empire, a fanfare, a circus.

While most designers are accomplished at walking and chewing gum—the equivalent in graphic design terms of InDesign mastery while thinking conceptually—Ian does backflips of writing and publishing, walks the tightrope of research, and performs the acrobatics of teaching, all while stilt-walking an expansive terrain of graphic design practice… and all this while adeptly juggling platters of diverse knowledge that include history, theory, philosophy, humanities, and the gamut of pop culture.

But most of all Ian is accomplished at generously sharing himself and his many gifts with his whole heart. And this is why, simply, we love him.”

– Louise Sandhaus

author of Earthquakes Mudslides Fires & Riots, CalArts

Arts Excursions Unlimited

Holistic identity design for a public arts initiative.

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.

“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

Adobe Typekit Ian Lynam Design

Adobe Typekit CJK Specimen

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

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.

YACHT identity by Ian Lynam Design

YACHT

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

“Lynam is a bitingly humorous writer – gifted with the intuition to give stories depth. This is no accident as he writes from experience – a reading pleasure!”

– Lars Harmsen

Slanted

VCFA MFA in Graphic Design

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.

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.

“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

Sailors Singapore by Ian Lynam Design

Sailors

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

Identity for San Francisco-based swimwear company, Saga.

Saga Swimwear

Identity and art direction for San Francisco swimwear company.

Nike Train To Win by Ian Lynam

Nike “Train to Win”

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

“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

Lesque Skateboards by Ian Lynam

Lesque Skateboards

Art direction for Japanese skateboard company.

Konexi by Ian Lynam Design

Konexi

Modular 3D type design for the board game Konexi.

Huis Ten Bosch by Ian Lynam Design

Huis Ten Bosch

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

“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

YouTube Space Tokyo

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

Topsy by Ian Lynam

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.

“When it came time to announce Firefox’s adoption of the @font-face rule, we needed someone to create an integration demo that straddled both innovative code and a nuanced working knowledge of typography. Ian was the obvious choice- his knowledge of typography applied to print and screen helped create a piece of design that functioned as a working how-to demo, a critique of webfont deployment in its nascent stages and a compelling piece of writing.”

– Gen Kanai

Mozilla

Posters by Ed Fella and Ian Lynam

Poster Initiative

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

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.

“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

Identity design for Le Pigeon and LittleBird

Le Pigeon & Little Bird

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

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.

“Ian is an empire, a fanfare, a circus.

While most designers are accomplished at walking and chewing gum—the equivalent in graphic design terms of InDesign mastery while thinking conceptually—Ian does backflips of writing and publishing, walks the tightrope of research, and performs the acrobatics of teaching, all while stilt-walking an expansive terrain of graphic design practice… and all this while adeptly juggling platters of diverse knowledge that include history, theory, philosophy, humanities, and the gamut of pop culture.

But most of all Ian is accomplished at generously sharing himself and his many gifts with his whole heart. And this is why, simply, we love him.”

– Louise Sandhaus

author of Earthquakes Mudslides Fires & Riots, CalArts

Kimbo plug-in for Adobe Illustrator

Kimbo

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

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.

“Ian Lynam likes thinking about design as much as making it. Luckily for us, he also likes writing about it that much too. The payoff: he is amazing at all three.”

– Shawn Seymour

Lullatone

IDEA X CalArts

IDEA #360

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

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.

“Lynam is a bitingly humorous writer – gifted with the intuition to give stories depth. This is no accident as he writes from experience – a reading pleasure!”

– Lars Harmsen

Slanted

Field Office Films Identity Design

Field Office Films

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

Identity for BeBespoke, Tokyo's Experience Atelier

BeBespoke

Identity design for Tokyo-based Experience Atelier.

tokyo fashion week by ian lynam design

Tokyo Fashion Week

We created the identity for Tokyo Fashion Week.

“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 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.