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Tokyo, we have a problem. 1/29

An evening with Ian Lynam

January 29, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
snow date: Saturday, January 30, 6 – 8pm

University of Hartford's Hartford Art School in the Koopman Commons at the Renée Samuels Center
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Follow signs on campus to Hartford Art School. Park in the K Lot or K Visitor's Lots.

The problem is crowdsourcing, but more frightening is the level and scale at which it’s being utilized right now - the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games identity.

If you haven’t been following along, this identity has been plagued by bad design decisions. The first design was pulled for accusations of plagiarism.

Now the Tokyo organizing committee has opened the door to a crowdsourced solution. The winner of the competition, after receiving ¥1,000,000 (approximately $8,400 USD), will give up all rights, including royalties, for their winning entry.

Our guest speaker, Ian Lynam, has written a compelling essay on the history of the Olympic identities and the bigger problem regarding this process. His essay has gained traction across multiple news outlets and design blogs across the globe. Come join in on the conversation as Ian gives us more of his take on the subject, and why this goes beyond the Tokyo Olympics.

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Ian Lynam Design is a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. Principal Ian Lynam is Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. He is faculty in Tokyo at Meme Design School and Temple University Japan. Ian writes for IDEA (Japan) and Slanted (Germany). He is a co-founder of Néojaponisme, a critical cultural online journal. His latest book is Parting It Out: Essays on Graphic Design.

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