From CreativeReview Magazine,London: "David Carson was the last person whose work for a magazine shifted wider contemporary design" jan.2014
"CARSON forged graphic design into a cultural force and a
medium with its own shape and direction. AIGA, 2014"
'CARSON is the most googled graphic designer in history, even surpassing some well known fine artists' Eye magazine, london
"One of America's most important artists...." _Smithsonian Institute magazine. March 2014
"he changed the public face of graphic design" - newsweek
"the art director of the era" creative review london
"the most important work coming out of america" ameri-
can center for design
"the most influential graphic designer of our times"
surfrider foundation, july '09
"He significantly influenced a generation to embrace ty-
pography as an expressive medium" - steven heller 2010
"our biggest star" AIGA(american institute of graphic arts)
"the greatest living graphic designer.." -brain pickings, feb. 12, 2012
"..he feels the work..there's a strong element of intuition
-- and that fits because sometimes you can't describe
why his work is so beautiful." - Hillman Curtis
Graphic Design USA magazine(NYC) listed the "Most in
fluential graphic designers of the era" David was listed as
one of the top 5 most influential designers, along with
Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Saul Bass and Massimo Vignelli.
' Innovator, pioneer, groundbreaker, gamechanger --
Carson deserves them all '--mark cameron/Fotorator may, 1, 2012
DC, april 28, 2012 : http://spiffingdesign.com/2012/spiffing-artists-..
spoke at FIT "I'll never forget when I asked David to speak at FIT and he agreed. The best way to relate is to quote what they said that when Aeschines spoke the people said, "How well he speaks"; but when Demosthenes spoke, they said, "Let us march!" Truly an inspiration and a great communicator"August 20, 2008 -Staz Tsiavos,
March 2015. david spoke at the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity , and judged their advertising awards...
david designed the poster for GRAFIK 15 conference, in Zurich, march, 2015.
David Carson: Featured Speaker at Grafik15
"Have fun." David Carson's closing message is anything but glib-- profound, in truth and action. It's the driving force behind the graphic designer's body of work; a philosophy that he applies to life in general. The international legend, known for his iconoclastic style, experimental typography, and distinctive magazine layouts, spoke at Plaza Klub on Friday night as part of Grafik15's three day graphic arts extravaganza, taking place March 13-15 in Zurich. During the evening, which was much like a spontaneous, grand oeuvre tour led by sage/comedian Carson, the audience was treated to an inside glimpse of a creative brain.
Carson is an entertaining presenter, beyond doubt. At one point, he showed a photograph he had taken while driving ("texting and driving is illegal, so I take pictures while driving") of a lone bike on the back of a huge flatbed trailer. With his characteristic dry wit, Carson quipped, "What a way to transport a bike!" Interspersed with his commissioned designs and publications, these odd, funny moments he captures serve as testament to his ability to notice details in his surroundings, part of the landscape that impacts and reflects his art.
He's an advocate of freedom and authenticity, stressing that he believes in everything he produces. He also urges abandonment of templates. "Never use guidelines," Carson instructs, promoting creative freedom, self-expression, and aesthetic instinct.
A surfer, former teacher, and sociology major, Carson is candid and unassuming, sharing personal stories that almost serve as design parables, in the most natural way. "Be open to accidents," he says, noting that this doesn't mean to celebrate mistakes, but rather to stay open to what you might not expect at first, rather than trying to control outcome.
His favorite projects include working with Nine Inch Nails and Beach Culture Magazine. He uses QuarkXPress. He painted his driveway a rainbow of colors, because plain was boring, and he painted his array of surfboards plain white, as an artistic expression. "Always do something that pleases you." David Carson is a series of surprises, and someone who clearly loves what he does.
- Caitlin E. Krause
honored to be included in novum magazine, switzerland, 90 year anniversary issue. 8 designers were selected to be highlighted in the issue, including hermann Zapf, milton glaser, uwe loesch, fons hickmann, francesco franchi. novum is long considered the top graphic design magazine coming from europe
international design magazine out oct. 2014 in china and select newsstands and bookstores world wide.
oct 2014.davids sold out lecture and workshop in lithuania.
when armani first launched its watches, David came up with this headline and design. it ran as posters and print ads worldwide.
dcd, client: Audi, Germany.
dcd, client: Audi, Germany.
2015. Davids poster for the 50th anniversary of the Society of Publication Designers, nyc. available soon at SPD site.
While going into this photobook I would not normally be interested in the kind of commercial photography that is largely exhibited, the power of Watson’s images was hard to deny. I could still feel a powerful mood, sense of history, and artistry in looking at them; whether it be one of the many portraits, artifacts from the Apollo missions, or a snapshot similar to what I gravitate towards as a photographer.
However, as someone who is also a graphic designer, what stole the show for me was the design treatment by David Carson. The individual attention given to the design of the captions and text in this photobook by the designer David Carson is incredible. Every photograph and piece of text is given it’s own personality–deservedly so–yet at the same time, everything feels like it belongs to the same family within the book. The treatment of the design and typography meet the task of matching the tone or content of the photograph(s) it is paired with; sometimes overtly, sometimes more subtly and abstractly. Rather than overpowering the photography–as you might expect would happen with the application of more expressive design–Carson’s design synthesizes with the content, creating a world and story that is unique to the book. A story that is told not only with photography but words, yet it must be seen and felt rather than read to be understood.
DCD is the cover story for feb.2015 issue of design magazine, the T ,from south korea. An extensive interview,and samples of work, over 17 pages....... click
new work, worldwide social media launch exploration more
spread" from the book of probes,"
Dc commissioned work for the smithsonian institute, washington dc. June 2014. click
brand acumen (music: SKALPEL) click
davids poster for his A.I.G.A., austin lecture. 2014. the poster was Arminized* before printing. (*changing ones work without permission or discussion)