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David Carson

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Alpay Dedezade

on 24 March 2014

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David Carson
Ray Gun
Features & Reception
Cultural Impact & Public Opinion
Love/hate reaction
Merging of design & content = strong communication - highly influential
How was his work received? - illegible text
Cultural context - 'Grunge' new wave design & typography
Basic academic knowledge of design - raw quality - puts an emphasis on emotions that people can relate to
 Born: September 8th, 1954 (age 60) Texas, United States
 Nationality: American
 Field: Type design + Graphic Design
Took a 2 week graphics course in the University of Arizona
Developed own style "the dirty" type & non mainstream photographic techniques
Ray gun 1992
1995, "End of Print"
First published in 1992 - Carson was founding art director
Distinct, experimental typography
:Left after three years - chaotic style still very much influenced the artistic style of the magazine
“The most important work coming out of America" - American center for design
Emphasis on words/type rather than images
Simplicity & minimalistic style
Use of emotion - e.g. Dingbat font
"David Carson changed the public face of graphic design” --Newsweek magazine
‘Innovator, pioneer, groundbreaker, gamechanger – Carson deserves them all ‘–mark cameron/Fotorator may, 1, 2012
“The message that the type sends, I feel, is as important as what it’s saying. When those work together, you’ve got really strong communication. You cannot not communicate. If I make this [page] totally unreadable, that’s communicating something. And it might be about the magazine, it might be about this group. It’s sending a message. So that’s much more powerful than leaving it blank, which also sends a message.”
“If you think it’s hard to read or too weird, you’re probably not the audience, and that’s fine... You give somebody a solid page of grey type and say, ‘Read this brilliant story,’ and a lot of people, they’re going to go, ‘Doesn’t look very interesting. Let’s try and find something more interesting.’ I think if it’s invisible, it’s just done a horrible disservice to what’s potentially a really good article.”
The end...?
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