It was spring 2005, I was sitting in Willi Kunz’s class and a fashionable gentleman came to the class with a big smile. A positive energy and high enthusiasm sparked from him. Since it was almost the end of the class most of the students had left the class. He came to me with a friendly gesture to say hallo. I didn’t know that he teach at FIT. I asked him how did you know Willi? He said we are a member of AGI. That was the first time I met Keith Godard and encountered with AGI.
Keith Godard was born in London, England on May 31 1942. He studied at Graduated London College of Printing in 1962 and continued his study at Yale University School of Art and Architecture in1967. He started his career at Design Group with architect partners in 1968 before he opened his own studio, StudioWorks, in 1988.
His posters are never the same. An influence of surrealism plays big role in his work. A playful looking posters with bright colors make his poster outstanding from the crowd. The textures and layers of the design make us wonder. He is a maximalist. His exhibition and environmental design are very exciting a well but I couldn’t find a big enough resolution to showcase of his exhibition and environmental work. There are some images in AGI’s website.
I wish he had a great celebration in China. I wish you would have great lectures as well. He swum from Brooklyn to Manhattan at Hudson river last summer. I hope he would have a great health for many years to come. Happy Birthday Keith !!!!