Independent Project Lab is the comprehensive online presence of Jimmy Van Luu.

Jimmy is a designer and design educator based out of Austin, Texas where he is Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward's University, where he founded the Risograph Lab, an experimental space focused on print research, publication and education since 2013.

As Director of Education for AIGA Austin from 2018-2020, he started a one-day conference for emerging designers called GROW (2019, 2020). He recently completed the design of a 400+ page issue of MAS Context, edited by Iker Gil and Design With Company, as well as a second large-scale outdoor sculpture for the City of Austin's public art collection. Jimmy currently serves on the board of directors of DesignInquiry, non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings.

Jimmy received his MFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an alum of the Land Arts of the American West field study program. He previously taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was art director of the literary-arts journal, Ninth Letter, and the inaugural director of Figure One, the School of Art + Design's off-campus exhibition space. His publication design work has been recognized by PRINT and Graphis, and his award-winning large-scale sculpture, Letterscape, is part of the City of Austin's public art collection.

Jimmy is currently working on the following things: being on his first ever year-long sabbatical leave; publishing with a Riso MZ790 and GR3770 at @risorisoaustin; raising a standard poodle; reading; breathing.

Jimmy is an avid swimmer and native Texan.