Unrealized Archive 4: Lost Olympics

August 5, 2021

In honor of the Tokyo 2020/21 Olympics, which are currently underway, Bay Area design educators Chris Hamamoto and Jon Sueda have curated the next iteration of the Unrealized Archive series – Unrealized Archive 4: Lost Olympics – a storefront window exhibition at IF/THEN Studio in Berkeley and an accompanying publication to come. The exhibition will be on view for the duration of the Olympic Games Jul 23 – Sun, Aug 8, 2021 and is viewable from the street.

Unrealized Archive 4: Lost Olympics
Jul 23, 2021 – Sun, Aug 8, 2021

Featuring works by: Betsy Bickle, Cyan, Daniel Eatock, Experimental Jetset, Ian Lynam, and Chris Ro

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was postponed one year ago and is one of the most high-profile global events affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. On the occasion of the rescheduled games of the XXXII Olympiad set to open on July 23rd, the Unrealized Archive will focus on the unrealized Olympic design of the 20th and 21st centuries. Embodied as a storefront window exhibition and accompanying publication, UA4 will explore unrealized Olympics emblems from host cities not selected, Olympic design discourse, and speculative design for the Olympics. A transnational sporting event, the Olympics is a proxy for establishing countries on a world stage, confirming their status in the commercial world order via architecture, urban planning, and the construction of visual identity. Under the jurisdiction of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a non-governmental sports organization based in Switzerland, countries compete for the right to host the games and navigate global politics for the right to visual representation within them. In UA4 the curators collected graphic artifacts that are the outcome of this tenuous process, symbiotic commercial endeavors, and fictitious responses to the Olympic games.

Unrealized Archive 4: Lost Olympics
IF/THEN Studio
1102 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA, 94706

Pillow Lava

June 27, 2021

I recently gave a lecture in the disruptive and playful 24-hour art and design global lecture marathon Pillow Lava School.

D&AD Pencil

June 27, 2021

Ian Lynam and Iori Kikuchi picked up a D&AD Pencil for their contribution to the publication LogoArchive Akogare. Check it out here: https://www.dandad.org/awards/professional/2021/234247/logoarchive-akogare/

Art Platform Japan

May 13, 2021

I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with an amazing team at Bunka-Cho, Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs over the past year to develop a series of multiplex typographic approaches to a large number of translations of seminal pieces of Japanese art, art history, theory, and criticism. You can check them all out here on the Art Platform Japan website: https://artplatform.go.jp/

VCFA Global Studio Sessions Asia

April 9, 2021

As part of the upcoming Spring 2021 Residency, VCFA MFA in Graphic Design is excited to announce our Global Studio Sessions event on April 6th, 7pm EST with featured guests designers!: James Chae, Kaitlin Chan, and Sakura Nomiyama, based in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo respectively. Ian Lynam moderated the event.

Asano Dental Clinic

March 12, 2021

New work: identity for Asano Dental Clinic in Kaminoge, Setagaya in Tokyo.

The identity was a labor of love with polymath producer David Guarino.

10th Anniversary Limited Edition bGeigie from Safecast

March 9, 2021

Just designed and released: the “10th Anniversary Limited Edition bGeigie” Geiger counter designed for Safecast’s now-decade-long adventures in citizen science.

The 10th Anniversary bGeige features a UV-printed and etched faceplate, as well as interior and rear plates.

Collage Club & Writing Roundtable

February 23, 2021

Some upcoming events courtesy of VCFA! Email danielle.dahline@vcfa.edu to RSVP!

Hebi Metal

January 31, 2021

Logo for Hebi Metal, a stationery startup here in Tokyo. “Hebi” means “snake” in Japanese, and snakes don’t have arms, so it is just extremely silly that a snake might try to be a shredder on electric guitar. Hebi Metal makes very silly greeting cards, hence this very silly logo.

Trip to Japan Graphics: Must-Visit Design Destinations in Tokyo

January 25, 2021

TRIP TO JAPAN GRAPHIC is the first in a series of bilingual guidebooks that allows readers to explore Japan’s visual culture with the help of art and design professionals. This 150-page, pocket-size book focuses on Tokyo, with design experts like Kenya HaraIan LynamKiyonori Muroga, and Sakura Nomiyama sharing the very top art and design spots in the capital of Japan!

Additionally, the cover folds out into a handy map of Tokyo with all of the locations within noted clearly in Japanese and English.

Get your copy here: http://wordshape.com/trip-to-japan-graphics-must-visit-design-destinations-in-tokyo