Ian Lynam

Originally hailing from New York, Lynam has a BS in Graphic Design from Portland State University and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.
Ian Lynam is faculty and former Co-Chair at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. Ian is faculty at Temple University Japan. There, he teaches in the Undergraduate Art, Asian Studies and General Education programs, and is actively engaged in developing curricula concerning Japanese graphic design history, typography, graphic design, semiotics, image-making, identity design, motion graphics, and sociology.
Ian has been guest faculty at the Communication Design program at Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis, and Visiting Critic in the MFA Graphic Design Program at CalArts working with final-year students on Thesis/Graduate Practice. He is also faculty in Tokyo at Meme Design School and Applied Typography Workshops Tokyo where he teaches typography and design history. He teaches graphic design MFA thesis writing workshops internationally.
Currently, Ian writes for Idea Magazine (Japan), Slanted Magazine (Germany), and Modes of Criticism (Portugal/UK). He is a co-founder of the critical cultural online journal Néojaponisme and the associated print journal NJP. He is a founding member of the editorial board for JAGDA’s Graphic Design Review. Ian runs Wordshape, a hybrid type foundry, publishing entity, distributor, and occasional software company.
Ian is one-half of Corinthians, a Tokyo-based art and design curatorial practice with partner Renna Okubo. He is a member of the STA, AIGA, and ATypI. He is a Mead Show winner, a two-time winner of both the STA 100 and the Asian Pacific Design Awards, and a holder of a D&AD Pencil, amongst other awards.