Ian Lynam Design is a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. We specialize in identity, cultural research and typography. We make stuff for forward-thinking humans.


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

Adobe Typekit Ian Lynam Design

Adobe Typekit CJK Specimen

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


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.

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“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

What We Do