Designer and Educator Keith Godard Dies at 82

Designer and Educator Keith Godard Dies at 82

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Keith Godard, a well-known and admired graphic designer and educator died of cancer last week at age 82. London-born New Yorker, Godard, attended London College of Printing and Graphic Arts and went to graduate school at Yale University School of Art and Architecture in the 1960s.

Early on, he worked for several publications including Fortune Magazine, before starting a firm with partners Craig Hodgetts, Bob Mangurian and Lester Walker. He worked with Hans van Dijk and Stephanie Tevonian in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s and established his own firm, StudioWorks, in 1986, which specialized in public installation, wayfinding and exhibition design.1

Godard designed notable exhibitions for: the United Nations, Manhattan Children’s Museum, the Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, the Brooklyn Transit Museum. Godard’s art and design works are also displayed from the 23rd Street Subway Station to the collections of various universities and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

Godard was involved in the design community as an active member of AIGA and AGI and was also a beloved educator. He taught Graphic Design and Graphic Design History, lecturing at various institutions, including California Institute of the Arts, Philadelphia College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union and FIT and is credited, alongside Louis Danziger, with setting the standard for contemporary graphic design history courses in the US.2

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