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.
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.
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.’
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.
‘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.’
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
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
Colours: 4/4 CMYK
Binding: Thread-sewn in sections of 16
Special features: Two jackets, two paper stocks
‘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.’
Risks and challenges
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