The Impossibillity of Silence

Writing for Designers, Artists & Photographers


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THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF SILENCE is a book for artists, designers and photographers interested in approaching writing about their vocation and culture. Drawing upon decades of experience as a writer, designer, artist and teacher, Ian Lynam offers up a plethora of inspirational and concrete approaches to writing about creative fields.


“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.

“Lynam is a bitingly humorous writer – gifted with the intuition to give stories depth.”
– Lars Harmsen, Slanted Magazine

“Lynam adeptly juggles platters of diverse knowledge that include history, theory, philosophy, humanities, and the gamut of pop culture.”
– Louise Sandhaus, author of Earthquakes Mudslides Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936-1986

“Ian Lynam is the Hunter S. Thompson of design writing.”
– Sereina Rothenberger, Jan Van Eyck Academie


  • Typesoftcover
  • Dimensions105 mm x 175 mm / 4.1 x 6.9 inches portrait
  • Pages212
  • ISBN978-90-832706-8-5
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release date20230124
  • BindingSewn and glued
  • PaperInside: Offsett 90 grams, cover Serixo 250 grams
  • Edition1.000
  • ColorCover 2/0, inside black only
  • PrinterPrinton, Tallinn (Est)
  • FontWordscape Agate Grotesk Rounded and Biwa families of typefaces
  • Image specs38 black/white images