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Designer Ian Lynam: A Little Bit of Type Goes a Long Way

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Date(s) - 05/08/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tokyo Women's Plaza
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-53-67 - Tokyo, 150-0001


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Designer Ian Lynam: A Little Bit of Type Goes A Long Way

Time:   Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                    

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Place:   Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1B

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(by the United Nations University; map).        

Fee:      1,000 yen SCBWI members; 1,500 yen nonmembers

Reservations: To reserve a place, email japan (at) 

by Thursday, May 7.

This event will be in English.




Designer, writer and educator Ian Lynam will give a combination lecture and workshop about how typography can help activate writing projects. By thinking about visual hierarchy, semiotics, and style, writers and illustrators can help give their work visual sophistication and clarity. Topical touchstones will include comics/manga, a bit of history, a ton of personal experience, and a fair chunk of humor. The workshop will include some hands-on typesetting, but without the computer! All you'll need is a pencil and the desire to push your work into the creative stratosphere!




Ian Lynam is a graphic designer, teacher and writer living in Tokyo. He runs a multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on pan-cultural identity design, multilingual web design and development, interior design and editorial design. He is co-chair of the MFA Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and faculty at Temple University Japan and Meme Design School. His most recent book is The Design of Manga, Anime and Light Novels (Seibundo Shinkosha). An Asia Pacific Design Award winner, he is the co-founder of Néojaponisme ( and writes regularly for Idea ( and Slanted ( Recent projects include the interior design for Google's new Tokyo offices, exhibition design for NASA's "Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe" and the interior design for YouTubeSpace Tokyo.