Monday, December 1, 2008

David Carson

"Never mistake legibility for communication." ~David Carson

I find it remarkable that Carson self taught himself and has come to be such a popular face in the graphic design field. His work (second picture) evokes so much information in just one space. Your eye is drawn to the larger letters to say "it's your world", although some letters are lost in the background, it is still legible. Obviously sticking to his quote.

The first picture is like Carson's work, I believe with a more modern spin and seems to be only for display rather than communication. There is no type, but I get an urban feel from it. With the metal from what seems to be the side of a railroad car, arrows representing street signs, and graffito that is normally found on railroad cars. It uses the same range of appealing colors, but in a more modern way.

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April G. said...

It is crazy how much his work has been copied or maybe not necessarily copied but how it has inspired other designers. It is pretty amazing how he more or less fell into being a designer when there are so many people that strive to be just as good - it reminds me of something I read this morning about talent - if it's innate, or does it have something to do with a persons upbringing, or can a talent be learned? What Carson does seems to be based on intuition, and lucky for the rest of us, we can learn from that.

History of Graphic Design said...

I really like the work David Carson has done for Nine Inch Nails. He has done the artwork for covers of their albums "The Fragile," "Still", "With Teeth," "Into the Void," "Year Zero: Banned Media," "We're in this Together," the DVD cover "And All That Could Have Been: Live." I wish you could post pictures on comments, I'll post them on m,y blog.

gdhistory anderson becker carter said...

I really enjoyed looking at the images that you provided. After I looked at your post I went and checked out more of Carsons work. I find it very interesting. I really like his style.

Tina S said...

I know he's not formally educated in art and design but I wonder what for or if he went to college. He seems to be really in touch with styles appropiate with history's time/eras. I wonder if he does this intentionally or if he knows he's doing this at all. For example, he can make something look completely modern, sans-serif, clean, simple colors; or he can make something look art deco or victorian. He seems really smart, maybe he was born with a high IQ?