ICAS video: The Tokyo Olympics’ Visual Identity & Japanese Graphic Design

Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on March 23, 2016. Speaker was Ian Lynam, Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program and adjunct faculty at Temple University Japan Campus.

Event Description

There has been an international uproar over the public Tokyo Olympic logo competition. Many professional designers hate it because it devalues their labor. The public loves it because it democratizes design. Expanding on his visual essay “Why We Should Really Be Concerned About the Visual Identity for the Tokyo Olympics”, Ian Lynam designs history and a cultural narrative to help explain a history of design and the Olympics in Japan.

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