Patrick J. Lynch is an author, illustrator, photographer, and artist. Lynch retired from Yale University after 45 years as an interactive media designer, medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, video producer, and for the past 30 years a director of media and communications departments, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites.
Lynch has won over 35 national and international awards for his medical illustration, publications, and software design, including a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award, the 2005 Pirelli INTERNETional Awards for Best Overall multimedia teaching site, and best site from higher education, the 1992 Best-in-Show Award from the Health Sciences Communications Association and a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Award of Excellence in the international INVISION Multimedia Awards.
Lynch has authored and illustrated eight books, and over 100 professional papers, magazine articles, and book chapters. He has been a consultant and invited speaker on web design and web communications issues to many universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profits groups, and regularly does talks, workshops, and professional papers on communications management, biocommunications, academic computing, medical illustration, biomedical visualization, and web strategy and production management.
In 2017 Yale University Press published his latest book, A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, a comprehensive guide to the environmental history, natural environments, plants, and animals of the Sound.
In 2012 Yale University Press published A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico, co-authored with Noble S. Proctor, a winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for 2012 for field guidebooks. Previous National Outdoor Book Award winners include Farley Mowat, Robert Michael Pyle, David Attenborough, Roderick Nash, Richard Bangs, and Aldo Leopold.
In January 2016 Yale University Press published the fourth edition of the best-selling Web Style Guide, co-authored with user experience and accessibility expert Sarah Horton, User Experience Strategy Lead at the Paciello Group. With over 225,000 copies of previous editions in print the Web Style Guide is one of Yale University Press’s best-selling books, and the Guide has been translated into nine international editions, including Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and several Spanish-language editions. Reviewer Edward Tufte called the book “a style guide for the interface with real long-run value,” and the New York Times called the Web Style Guide “an Elements of Style for the Web.”
In 2005 Yale University Press published A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, which Lynch co-authored and illustrated with his frequent collaborator Noble S. Proctor. This classic field guide contains over 100 full-color plates illustrated by Lynch of over 300 species of ocean wildlife.
His book Manual of Ornithology, co-authored with Noble S. Proctor of Southern Connecticut State University, was published by Yale University Press in 1993. The Manual has won several national awards for editorial and design excellence, and is one of the most widely used texts in undergraduate and graduate ornithology courses.