Sent: Mar 29, 2010 4:12 PM

Greetings David:
Once again, I must thank King Carson for inspiration. In the midst of a heavy design work week I found myself stuck on several conceptual layouts. I pulled, 2nd Sight, fotografiks, Trek, and finally… the bible, Probes off the shelf and soon after had my project approved for next-gen edit. I greatly… look forward to your next volume as a new personal graphic assistant. We worked together years ago on a small private publication magazine and I hope to do so again in the future. You friend and fellow soldier in the graphic design holy wars, Mark Polansky.
june 3, 2010.


Sent: Mar 29, 2010 4:12 PM
Subject: helvetica
Hi David,
the other day i was noodling through itunes and started watching the second half of Helvetica. I was drawn to your piece on type and how you didn’t know what you were doing when you started, but were trying to make an emotional connection between words and design. Something about this really ignited for me and i felt compelled to write you.
i am a monk, poet, designer, musician, believe it or not all of these “disciplines” sort of feed into each other, inform and offer respite to each other.
I also teach a group of high schoolers, precocious and semi-undisciplined, graphic arts. . .I want for them to have that sort of experience you are talking about.
I think for me it comes down to peering at something until you can see it differently, until before your very eyes it changes and reveals something unknown about itself. sometimes this requires silence, sometimes violence. I guess if i was being honest I would say, i long for this, but fear it.
I’m not really asking anything, just saying I appreciate your work. . . i suspect we may be from wildly different worlds, but I recognized and respect the veracity of what i was seeing and hearing. . .
Br. Christopher
Date: Mar 26, 2010 6:22 AM
Going over a layout and my new creative director out of the blue asks me which designer I’m most inspired by. Without hesitation, David Carson.
Haven’t thought about that question in some time, probably college. It was refreshing to revisit the feelings behind why I started doing all this in the first place. Emotion that was a bit lost in the shuffle after being undertaken with big business/corporate industry these past few years.
After that discussion I made my first visit to your website and immediately remembered why this is the industry I’m in. Pioneers like yourself are who gives us creatives around the world authority and voice. You’ve empowered us to pursue not only our professional vision but also our life vision.
The real coincidence here is my new design job brought me to Charleston and has allowed me to live on Folly Beach. A place I see you were able to draw much inspiration from as well. I hope to keep the tradition going.
Thanks for stirring all that up the again.
Hi David!
Thank you again for inviting me to your home in kane garden bay. I felt honored and was delighted with you as a person. Now, after reading about you, I am in awe and a little embaressed that I didn’t know who you were. To be invited into the home of someone as accomplished as you really makes a person feel good. You have to be one of the most laid back and humble people on the planet and I feel lucky to have met you. Whenever you are in SC and would like some company, let me know. I would love to have my family meet you. Next time there is a swell in KGB I hope to see you there!
thanks again,
Robert T


dda awards in london, uruguay workshp


dc selected to judge prestigious dda awards in london:
david is back from speaking + workshops in urguay and new zealand,
david will be speaking in italy in late february, and at typoberlin in may. more lectures tba
uruguay workshp



workshop in montevdeo,urguay aug 09.


Sent: Aug 28, 2009 7:33 PM To: Subject: From uruguay
My name is Cecilia, i’m 27 years old and I’m form montevideo, uruguay. I’d been familiar with your work long before i attended to your conference a couple of weeks ago, and i must say that it was worth the waiting and the neck pain i got from sitting on the floor with my head twisted enought to be able to see the images. I’m sorry to say that i thanked god for speaking english…since many things got lost in translation, litteraly. Many of these things caught my attention, but one really did it big time: the fact you consider the possibility that some graphic design pieces could trully be a pice of art. I attended to the national school of fine arts, and i’m also a web designer…so, discussing with students and collegues from both sides.. they seem to think i’m crazy for sharing that thought,so though i’m used to having a foot on each field and convinced that they can meet and converge in certain graphic pieces, i was great to hear someone else saying that it might be possible. I felt related to so many things, i’m a photographer (i was that before i even started studying webdesign), and i always have my cam on me..anyway, my point is that all those things people told me over the years that i couldn’t be involved in more than one field (or none would take me seriously)… came down to the ground listening to you, and i admit it, i felt amused by those people’s faces as they listened (it’s interesting how people may change their minds about something as soon as they listen to a “respectable and trustfull” source). I’d have liked to talk to you a bit more..but i knew it was not possible, you did say where you were going to be, but it was going to be crowded and it’s unhuman to expect you to have a conversation with everyone who feels like it. But to be honest, i think i would have liked that not because of what you may represent in your field, but cause i thought you were a nice, kind and interesting person to talk to, besides the fact that we obviously have some common interests. Bottom line, i’d have enjoyed talking to the person behind the name.
Now i’ve a job interview tomorrow, i’m doing a new portfolio, and for some reason i remember the conference, and the fact you said you read the e-mails people send you, and i just thought you might like to know, it was an inspirational experience, and it was fun as well (like the “friendly child eatter dog” jaja) so i worte this e-mail.
Well, thanks for reading and enjoy your days.


dc model surfboard sticker, pro surfer days.


Hey David,
Wolfgang just gave me your email address. I just wanted to see if you
still wanted your surfboard laminate that I have. We talked at Wolfgangs
book signing, I used to glass your boards at Infinity.
Just let me know.
Thanks, Mike
dc model surfboard sticker, pro surfer days. designed by peter spacek. image from a foto of dc surfing trestles, by larry marshall.

John, june 1,2009


Hello David!
I just wanted you to know sometimes I look at your site & it puts a lot in perspective. I design in-house advertising for a newspaper group & mostly time is the enemy. Creativity all too often is left on the way-side. Yeah, good ideas just don’t come around as fast as you would like. Looking through your work really just simplifies things creatively for me, helps me loosen up mentally. Just what I needed. So anyway, I know you’re very busy so I’ll take my leave & THANK YOU for your courage & individuality.
John, june 1,2009

Jun 2, 2009 7:22 PM


Hi David,
I have been a big fan of yours for years and now I finally saw you on TED. You are funny and charming in a way I could never guess. What I wanna know is how did you do it? What ever you want without boundaries. That’s what it seems to me. How, how , how? I’m going crazy at 41 as a freelancer and feeling stuck. I know it has to do with nerve and self belief. Feels buried.
I was going to start my letter with “I think I love you”, the song lyrics but I didn’t want you to think I’m the stalker type. Never had an idol, ever. Catholic girl, was. However, I am prompted by working with someone who is helping me with my branding and my assignment is to seek out and ask for the magical answers. Do you have them?
So, I have your book 2nd sight signed by you in 2000. You sent it to me because it was out of print. I sent you a thank you card with some scribbling. I’m sure you have a million fans but now I wish I was the only one!! Ha, ha.
When are you coming to the midwest? Ever, ever? Can I come for a visit??
Jun 2, 2009 7:22 PM