Monday, February 22, 2010

David Carson

David Carson is a graphic designer best known for his innovative magazine design and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun and Transworld Skateboarding magazine. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the nineties.

By the late eighties he had developed his signature style, using "dirty" type and non-mainstream photographic techniques. He would later be dubbed the "father of grunge."

To the left you can see a page he designed for the Ray Gun Magazine.

Like Neville Brody, typographer and graphic designer David Carson became influential in the late 1980's and 1990s for experimental typeface designs. David Carson's designs were featured heavily in surfing and skateboarding magazines.

A tribute to other self-taught designers, David Carson broke most of the rules of design and typography, a process that was made easy with the use of desk top publishing programs, such as Pagemaker, QuarkXpress and Illustrator. He experimented with overlapping and distorted fonts and intermixed these with striking photographic images.

To view a list of Carson's book's, click here.

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