Geoff Kaplan

Frank Stanton Chair in Graphic Design

Geoff Kaplan of General Working Group has produced projects for range of academic and cultural institutions. His work is included in San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art’s and MoMA’s permanent collections. He received his MFA from Cranbrook and teaches in the Yale Graduate Studies in Graphic Design and Cooper Union. Geoff recently wrote, edited and designed Power of the People: The Graphic Design of Radical Press and the Rise of the Counter-Culture, 1964-1974 published by the University of Chicago Press. Currently, Geoff is working on a book titled A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy After the Bauhaus to the Internet. Additionally, he is a co-founder of No Place Press.

Don't think of a camel, co-designed with Gail Swanlund
Don't think of a camel, co-designed with Gail Swanlund


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.