A handbook of dubious exercises, tips, and rants
about becoming a designer who teaches...
(But just as much a handbook for designers
who happen to be being taught.)

Cannibals by Ian Lynam イエン・ライナム

Cannibals is a brand new 92-page booklet by Ian Lynam comprised of a handful of new essays about design, education, hope, dread, delight, misery, and of course, sex. Lovingly printed in three offset colors, Cannibals is part-innately relatable pop narrative, part-irreverent mythology, and part-searing critical analysis of design culture today.

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Cannibals is typeset in a brand new family of digital typefaces from Wordshape called Kirimomi Display.

Topics within:

- Group projects, process, and writing.
- Methods versus methodologies.
- Mentorship, homework, and tantric computing.
- Colleagues and death.
- Prepress 101 and group hugs.
- The utter importance of taking a walk once in a while.
- Accountability, vulnerability, and debt, debt, debt.
- Locale, dissent, listening versus hearing, and more about writing.
- Allies, divergent pedagogy, and our old pal Kierkegaard.
- Some other stuff, form, content, and misanthropy.
- Theory, practice, and more misanthropy.
- Getting started teaching.
- Multi-tasking, quality, and nostalgia.
- The importance of reading, unpopular perspectives on globalism, and some seriously good advice on the current stock market.

An excerpt:

Orientalist Tendencies


I got hooked on colleges pretty randomly. Not the education part, but more the atmosphere. I don’t mean the social atmosphere either. It was the setting  —  the 70s semi-Brutalist architecture, the off-white flat beige walls with copious scuff marks that signified regular habitation, but not any kind of place you could call “home”, the weird ugly track lighting, the black marks on the grey industrial linoleum floors that signified miles of overhead projectors rolled on A/V carts down countless hallways, the smell of off-brand Pine-Sol, the perpetually locked doors, the incredibly ugly libraries with their shitty study cubicles and incredibly uncomfortable wooden pseudo-sofas with their maroon ‘cushioned’ seats. Public colleges and universities in the United States are strange places. Slowly and imperceptibly, I fell in love with these places. I didn’t know it until it was too late.

As the people in my life who know me best understand, when I fall in love, I fall in love hard. Unrelentingly. Impossibly. Incredibly. In. Fucking. Love.

This love snuck up on me. It started out in high school. I was blowing through all of the advanced level classes while simultaneously dealing marijuana, so I was allowed to take classes at the local community college for credit. I had been writing music reviews for the local alternative weekly in Albany, New York, and I made friends with another person that was interested in postpunk music  —   my first ‘adult’ friend who was interested in things that I was interested in and who was not from my hometown. She and I traded cassette tapes and hung out and smoked cigarettes in the library and in the school’s parking lot and she exploded my brain in that way that country boys’ brains get exploded when they meet others more cultured than they for the first time...

The Type:

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Cannibals is typeset in our latest type family, Kirimomi Display (the exact same type that this text is that in).

Comprised of light, light italic, regular, italic, bold, and bold italic weights, this new family of fonts is being released in conjunction with the publication of Cannibals.

The Kirimomi Display family is available for immediate download in both OpenType and TrueType formats. The typeface family includes all characters for Central, Eastern, and Western European languages, as well as Vietnamese. It is available for desktop and webfont licensing.

Cannibals by Ian Lynam イエン・ライナム


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Cannibals by Ian Lynam イエン・ライナム