Lance Wyman

Lance Wyman


Lance Wyman Ltd.

New York, NY / USA

Lance is the principal of Lance Wyman Ltd., the New York environmental graphic design studio established in 1979. He is a specialist in branding/wayfinding systems for public environments and is credited with helping to define the field of environmental graphics. His graphic system for the Mexico'68 Olympic games is cited as "one of the most successful in the evolution of visual identification*. " His early landmarks also include branding/wayfinding systems for the Mexico City Metro, the Washington Mall, the National Zoo, and the Minnesota Zoo which was selected by Time magazine as one of the ten best designs of 1981.

Other successful public communication systems include the original maps for the Washington, D.C. Metro, the branding/wayfinding signage for pedestrian skywalks in the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Amtrak High Speed Rail facility at Pennsylvania Station and the St. George Station Staten Island Ferry Terminal in New York, the New Mexico "RailRunner" railway system, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea and for the Cities of Detroit, Hoboken, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. He is currently working on the design of a new visitors map for the National Gallery of Art, and the re-design of his 1976 Metro Map, both in Washington, D.C.

Lance has received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Art Directors Club of New York, and the Milan Triennial. His work has been published in the New York Times, and magazines including Life, Time, The Architectural Forum, Progressive Architecture, Graphis, Communication Art, Print, ID, Design, Wallpaper, Eye, Creative Review. His Mexico68 program is in the 2012 Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design.

His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Center of Industrial Design at the Louvre in Paris, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and the Poster Museum of Warsaw. He is a Fellow of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), and was founding President of the SEGD Education Foundation. He co-conducted the first "Interdisciplinary Environmental Design Seminar" at the University of Cincinnati in 1990 and is teaching at Parsons School of Design in New York since 1973. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He lectures and conducts design workshops internationally and for two years has contributed a weekly column on his design experiences for "Milk" Magazine, Hong Kong.

Mr. Wyman was born in Newark, NJ in 1937 and graduated from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. with a degree in Industrial Design in 1960. He received the 1968 Pratt Institute Alumni Contemporary Achievement Medal. His Washington DC Metro map was chosen in 2012 as one of the top 125 Pratt icons of all time.

*A History of Graphic Design, by Philip B. Meggs, published by Van Nostrand Company


Designing and putting icons to work in an urban environment


Speaker Project

1968 Summer Olympics identity

Speaker Project

Mexico City Metro (subway) icons

Speaker Project

Various logos


Roanne Adams / Justin Ahrens / Keira Alexandra / Eli Altman / Jim Bull / Jim Coudal / Mario Eskenazi / Bob Faust / Dawn Hancock / Mark Kingsley / Jennifer Kinon / Björn Kusoffsky / Jonathan Lee / Bobby C. Martin Jr. / Dave Mason / Sebastian Padilla / Jefferson Perky / Sol Sender / Adrian Shaughnessy / Alisa Wolfson / Lance Wyman


SVA Masters in Branding
Neenah Paper
Classic MOO


Commercial Type LiveSurface Monotype Hoefler & Co. CustomInk Extensis


FontShop Airbnb


AIGA Chicago

AIGA Detroit


AIGA Saint Louis

AIGA West Michigan

AIGA Wisconsin

Chicago Design Museum