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David Carson

He is the man who revolutionized the visual language of the 90’s. Born September 8, 1955, Corpus Christi (Texas) American graphic designer is an unconventional late bloomer in graphic design. He was a competitive surfer—ranked eighth in the world—and a California high-school teacher when, at age 26, he enrolled in a two-week commercial design class. His characteristic chaotic spreads with overlapped photos and mixed and altered type fonts drew both admirers and detractors. For photographer Albert Watson, “he uses type the way a painter uses paint, to create emotion, to express ideas while others felt that the fractured presentation obscured the message it carried.”

In 1989 Carson became art director at the magazine Beach Culture. Although he produced only six issues before the journal folded, his work there earned him more than 150 design awards. By that time, Carson’s work had caught the eye of Marvin Scott Jarrett, publisher of the alternative-music magazine Ray Gun, and he hired Carson as art director in 1992. After leaving Ray Gun in 1995, Carson established David Carson Design. The firm was instantly successful and attracted well-known, wealthy corporate clients. In 2014 Carson was awarded an AIGA Medal. David Carson Official Site.

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