Areas of Expertise

Graphic Design, Japanese Graphic Design History, Japanese Design History, Design Criticism, Design Theory.

Teaching Interests

Associate Professor Lynam has taught a wide range of classes in the Art and Asian Studies programs since joining Temple University Japan in 2007. He is former Co-Chair and faculty in the MFA in Graphic Design Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, faculty at Meme Design School, and Visiting Critic at California Institute of the Arts.


I teach, work, write and research at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. My interests are based in intellectual and aesthetic inquiry, not pat stereotypes of design as areas of "problem-solving" and "storytelling" — these descriptions of design (and thus, the assorted cultures that design are part and parcel of) are too simplistic. In lieu of "less is more", I would offer that "more is more".

Representative Publications

  • The Impossibility of Silence (Onomatopee, 2020)
  • The Letter I (West Den Haag, 2020)
  • Critique (Wordshape, 2020)
  • Total Armageddon (Slanted, 2019)

Previous Appointments

  • Faculty & Chair at Vermont College of the Arts MFA in Graphic Design
  • MFA Thesis Advisor at California Institute of the Arts
  • Faculty at Sam Fox School of Communication at Washington University St. Louis
  • Faculty at Meme Design School


M.F.A. Graphic Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

B.A. Graphic Design, Portland State University

Professional Associations

  • Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI)
  • Japan Graphic Design Association (JAGDA)
  • Society of Typographic Arts (STA)
  • Lithuanian Design Awards 2016 (Juror)
  • 27th Brno Biennial (Curator)