David Carson - the most famousgraphic designer on the planet “You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience.”
Biology- Carson was born on September 8, 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas.- he has lived in and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and lectured frequently around the world.- Carsons first actual contact with graphic design was made in 1980 at the University of Arizona on a two week graphics course, taught by Jackson Boelts.- He became renowned for his inventive graphics in the 1990s.- In the later 1990s he added corporate clients to his list of clients, including Microsoft, Armani, Nike, Levis, British Airways, Quiksilver, Sony, Pepsi, Citibank, Yale University, Toyota and many others. When Graphic Design USA Magazine (NYC) listed the “most influential graphic designers of the era” David was listed as one of the all time 5 most influential designers, with Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Saul Bass and Massimo Vignelli.
Publications- November 1995, Carson published his first book the End of Print - it sold over 200,000 copies in five different languages and soon became the best-selling graphic design book worldwide- 1997, his second book, 2nd Sight. It is said that this book simply changed the public face of graphic design (Newsweek)- 1998, Carson worked with Professor John Kao of the Harvard Business School on a documentary entitled "The Art and Discipline of Creativity"- 1999, Carson published his third book, Fotografiks which earned Carson the Award of Best Use of Photography in Graphic Design.- 2000, Carson’s fourth book, Trek, was released.- Carson is also featured in The History of Graphic Design byPhilip Meggs and The Encyclopedia of Surfing by Matt Warshaw
RecognitionsToday his studio’s work has been recognized the New York Type DirectorsClub, the American Center for Design and I.D. to name but a few.Carson and his work have been featured in over 180 magazine andnewspaper articles around the world, including a feature in Newsweekmagazine and a front page article in The New York Times.During the period of 1989–2004, David Carson has won over 170 Awards forhis work in graphic design. Some of these awards include:• Best Overall Design, Society of Publication Designers in New York.• Cover of the Year, Society of Publication Designers in New York.• Award of Best Use of Photography in Graphic Design• Designer of the Year 1998/99, International Center of Photography• The most famous graphic designer on the planet, April 2004 - London Creative Review magazine (London)
WorksDavid Carsons boundary-breaking typography in the 1990s, in RayGun magazine and other pop-cult books, ushered in a new vision of type andpage design -- quite simply, breaking the traditional mold of type on apage and demanding fresh eyes from the reader.Squishing, smashing, slanting and enchanting the words on a layout, Carsonmade the point, over and over, that letters on a page are art.You can see the repercussions of his work to this day, on a million Flash intropages (and probably just as many skateboards and T-shirts). PRINT – BRANDING – BOOK – MAGAZINE – MUSIC – LOGO – VIDEO
For Quicksilver Pro NY Design Armani magazine/catalogue
Cover for the Yale University Art Gallery Fall 2012 program