While he is best known for his legendary design work for the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Lance Wyman has become an unquestioned master of transforming space through branding and wayfinding over his 50+ year career as a designer and teacher.
Through his designs for massive urban systems, airports, zoos, and museums, his thoughtful and culture-sensitive work has helped define the field of environmental graphics. Over the course of his career he has created systems for the Mexico City Metro, National Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, New York Penn Station, National Mall, Minnesota Zoo and Jeddah International Airport among many others. His design work resonates today as much as it did in the 60’s when he first began.
Wyman taught corporate and wayfinding design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York for forty years, from 1973 until 2013. He lectures internationally and is still designing. The first compendium of his work, Lance Wyman: The Monograph, was recently published by Unit Editions.
Discussion with Lance Wyman following the lecture
Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer, writer and senior tutor at the Royal College of Arts, London. He has written numerous books, including a published compendium of his design journalism: Scratching the Surface, and monographs devoted to legendary designers Herb Lubalin, Ken Garland and FHK Henrion.
He regularly contributes to design publications and blogs such as Design Observer, Eye, Creative Review and Design Week. In 1988, Shaughnessy co-founded design studio Intro; today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a consultancy combining art direction, writing, editing and lecturing, and is a co-director of publishing venture, Unit Editions.