Geoff is a self-described “graphic designer with a camera” who runs LookatLao Studio, a small design and photography outfit in Seattle. He tends to work with people who like food, wine, and cocktails. He studied graphic design in San Francisco at a fancypants art school during the late eighties shortly before computers started to matter. He is a bit long in the tooth.
First Restaurant Job
McDonald’s fry cook at age 16.
Last Restaurant Job
Waiter at Monsoon (O.G. Staff in 1999).
Longest Restaurant Job
Waiter at Trattoria Mitchelli from 1990 to 1995.
REASON TO QUIT LONGEST RESTAURANT JOB
To become a high school English teacher in Thailand.
Alternate Universe Career
Favorite Late Night Snack
Tacos or Ramen.
Can't Live Without
After Work Hangout
Sun Liquor on Summit
Favorite Seattle Restaurants
Anchovies & Olives (natch), Harvest Vine, Sitka & Spruce, Monsoon, Ma‘ono, Aoki, Marjorie, Bar del Corso
Favorite Place In The World
Ong's Bar in Ayutthaya, Thailand or The Upper Enchantment Lakes in the North Cascades, Washington.
Design is a job. God is in the details. Design drunk, refine sober.
Favorite Movie Quote
“I have to return some videotapes.”
Last Job Ever
Senior Interactive Designer at Phinney Bischoff Design House
Best Reason To Quit Agency Job And Go Solo
Advance from Ten Speed Press to shoot the photos for Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen cook book.
What's On The Nightstand?
An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins, The 2013 Print Regional Design Annual, Hawkeye Comics from Fraction/Aja
What's on the DVR?
Luther, The Killing, PBS Mind Of A Chef, Family Guy, Miami Vice, Mad Men, Always Sunny
What's on The iPod?
Currently listening to: Little Dragon, El Rego, Elvis Costello, Hiatus Kaiyote, Die Antword, Nick Cave, Chet Faker, Frank Ocean, King Krule, Kendrick Lamar, Steely Dan, Mount Kimbe, Rhye, Sun Kil Moon
What I've Learned
The world doesn’t change when you see it differently.