Geoff Han: Lecture

Bio //
Geoff Han is an independent graphic designer and educator working in the cultural field. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University in 2006. Recent clients include: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Goethe Institut New York, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Public School for Architecture Brussels, and SO–IL. He is a member of the architectural collective common room and is currently Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School. Previously, he has led workshops or been a critic at schools including Columbia University, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Typography Summer School, Werkplaats Typographie and Yale University. [from New York Typography Summer School]

Notes from this lecture //
_ Website design that references ibooks with turning pages
_ Website that plays with perspective and planes by warping bodies of text
_ Sana Japanese architects
_ 'Learning from Las Vegas' publication was the basis for Geoff changing the graduate book model with a blank page before each full page image
_ Taking the cheesiest idea possible and then giving it a clever twist
_ The balance between a designers voice and as architects, negotiation
_ Restrictions are really important to Han, these are self imposed
_ Be stubborn about what you are interested in and then something unique will come out of that

Discussion around digital presence //
_ Geoff has created a self imposed bubble for himself, staying clear from having a digital presence. Not having a website allows people to find you if they really want to work with you (a filter for 'bad clients'). 
_ How work is documented through a website, does it do the work justice?
_ Generational divide
_ Talking to one another rather than digital reaffirmation, are likes/reblogging positive?
_ Social aspects of digital can be beneficial to design but when does it become just a game?
_ Find that you don't get jobs from a website, just reaffirms that you exist
_ People often don't know how to judge good design from a photograph opposed to seeing it in person
_ Website are more useful as a reference to your work, an act of generosity rather than promotion