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Every day Lance Wyman documents his creative process in his black “designlogs”. Help us publish Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries.
Every day Lance Wyman documents his creative process in his black “designlogs”. Help us publish Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries.
1,125 backers pledged £75,884 to help bring this project to life.

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Some initial sketches and mock-ups for Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973-82.
Some initial sketches and mock-ups for Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973-82.

 

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Selection of spreads

 

Lance Wyman’s original ‘designlogs’
Lance Wyman’s original ‘designlogs’



Throughout Lance Wyman’s long career – a career that took off in 1968 with his graphics for the Mexico Olympics – he has kept a daily record of his creative processes. He calls them his ‘designlogs’, and now, with your support, they can be published for the first time.

Pages from Lance Wyman’s original ‘designlogs’ showing sketches, Polaroid, print and colour swatches
Pages from Lance Wyman’s original ‘designlogs’ showing sketches, Polaroid, print and colour swatches

Since 1973, Lance Wyman has logged his daily output. Nothing is ever thrown away: everything is logged with meticulous care. These include: working drawings for logos; detailed specifications for complex urban wayfinding systems; sketches for typefaces and layouts; notes to himself and records of conversations; details of his travel arrangements; colour swatches; photographic reference and other forms of printed ephemera.

Lance Wyman uses his ‘designlogs’ as a way of documenting his creative processes.
Lance Wyman uses his ‘designlogs’ as a way of documenting his creative processes.

Lovingly recorded in leather bound books, these pages function as a vital and continuing source of inspiration for Wyman. Together they provide an insight into his life and work, and give an intimate guide to his creative processes. It’s what all designers should do, but few accomplish: the systematic documenting of thinking, planning and making.

‘The reason I started keeping log books,’ says Wyman, ‘was that I wanted a record of what I was doing. It’s my way of keeping in touch with the complexity of the design projects that I’m working on.’

Technical specifications for airport signage.
Technical specifications for airport signage.

Wyman’s Visual Diaries were discovered when Unit Editions founders Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy were working on the book, Lance Wyman: The Monograph [Unit 20], in Wyman’s New York studio.

A few pages from the Diaries were reproduced in that book, but it soon became clear that this vast storehouse of graphic inventiveness should be made public. Although never intended for publication, Wyman has allowed Unit Editions to produce a book documenting his collection.

Mexico City Metro, design work in progress.
Mexico City Metro, design work in progress.

After Mexico 68, I was working on a lot of diverse projects. The “designlogs” meant that everything I was thinking about was in one place. This gave me a chance to walk away from something and then come back to it a couple of weeks later and see the first vision of a piece of work. That really helps.’ Lance Wyman 

That’s where you come in. All the pages of Lance Wyman’s ‘designlogs’ have been photographed, edited and made into a beautifully designed 872pp book. We are now ready to publish. The book will have all the customary high-end design and production values that Unit Editions brings to all its books.

Your help will not only support the production of this book but will also help to bring the working methods and thought processes of an important designer to public attention.

We’ve assembled a stellar list of rewards, which we hope will inspire you to support this campaign. Lance Wyman is even offering a studio visit for five lucky supporters

Design work for Mexico World Cup 1970
Design work for Mexico World Cup 1970

Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982
Sketches, Notes, Photographs and Printed Ephemera


Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy
Designed by Spin
Size: 240mm x 180mm
Pages: 872
Colours: 4/4 CMYK
Binding: Thread-sewn in sections of 16
Special features: Two jackets, two paper stocks

Mock up of Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982
Mock up of Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982

 

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Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982 poster
Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982 poster

 

Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982 screen printed t-shirt featuring an initial sketch for the Washington Convention Centre
Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982 screen printed t-shirt featuring an initial sketch for the Washington Convention Centre

 

Lance Wyman’s ultra-rare limited edition ‘Artist’s For Obama’ poster. Five copies signed by Lance Wyman.
Lance Wyman’s ultra-rare limited edition ‘Artist’s For Obama’ poster. Five copies signed by Lance Wyman.

 

Bookmarks free with every book
Bookmarks free with every book

 

Set of five postcards featuring Lance Wyman’s The Visual Diaries 1973—1982
Set of five postcards featuring Lance Wyman’s The Visual Diaries 1973—1982

 

Enamel pin badges featuring three of Lance Wyman's iconic logos
Enamel pin badges featuring three of Lance Wyman's iconic logos

 

Mock up of special presentation box
Mock up of special presentation box

‘Sometimes I’ll forget something but the logbooks let me go back and check. They keep the process organised. They help me start with nothing and build something.’ Lance Wyman

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