david speaks at SXSW austin, texas,


david speaks at SXSW austin, texas, march 15. 09.

davids topic and panel was “is spec work evil?” more response to come, heres the first:
God bless you for the comments you made on the spec work panel. I owe you a drink.
LA, Calif.
Hi David,
saw your panel on sxsw and thought you were right on – just wanted to let you know we are changing our future design contests to not allow for logos and such to try and keep our contests more pure. Appreciated your presentation.
I live in Laguna Niguel and surf trestles quite a bit – would be fun to surf with you one day ;)
Mr. Carson:
I made the mistake of watching this clip right before bed!
Thank you for bringing a voice of reason to this topic. Unbelievable. I had a feeling the jokers from web sites that are making money from spec might disagree with you, but I was shocked that the woman from AIGA seemed unsure of AIGA’s spec work policy. She seemed to say, “we think it’s wrong, but maybe we are wrong. What say you?”
And thank you also for not wearing your bathrobe to the discussion.

david lecture at TED


here david lecture at TED (http://TED.COM/)

Hi David
Just wanted to thank you for giving such an inspiring TED talk.
I’ve been passing on the link to everyone I know. Your point about putting yourself into the work resonated greatly.
It led me to change the world the best way I know how. One day (and one song) at a time.
You can see how at http://boscutti.com/
Mille grazie
>Sent: Jan 19, 2009 5:06 PM
>To: dcarson@earthlink.net
>Subject: David /Probes/World’s Most Creative (And Dangerous) Quote Book
>Dear David,                                                   January 19, 2009
>What an insane world.  Today in Richmond, Virginia I just  discovered David Carson…no not the 2009 David Carson, the 2003 TED.com one (He was funny and entertaining.)  I’m sure the older one is even more creative and funny.  I discovered Marshall McLuhan, Buckminster Fuller, and Edward de Bono when I taught in Edinburgh, Scotland as the only male teacher in a school for girls.
>I became a teacher and writer because of being inspired by Ray Bradbury.  Years ago he came to Richmond and let me walk with him through the Poe Museum–Poe was his inspiration.  (He’s 89 and, even after a stroke in 1999, still writing.)
>My design heroes are Alan Fletcher, Ross Lovegrove, Mirko Llic, Milton Glaser, Tom Kelly, and now, David Carson.  I hadn’t heard of you until today, but I’ve been reading and cutting pages out of RayGun for years until it was sadly gone.
>I know I’m using Verdana (sounds like vanilla)…I don’t know much about this field.
>I’m retired from the chalk mines to full-time writing.  (I loved teaching.)   Go to
>www.knowords.com and see my first design for sale. My new book, The World’s Most Creative (And Dangerous) Quote Book; it opens in the middle and turns into two separate books.   I’ve had 100 pages of photographs and a book cover sold.   Great eye not connected to great hand
>As a retired teacher and new writer, I’m broke.    I know you’ve been there in your life; it sucks.   It’s the first time for me and I hope the last time.   Only creative me would be trying to sell a book to a major publisher by way of blurbs from famous people like Bradbury, followed by getting an agent, then the publisher, in this economy.   It’s a shame I didn’t hang out with Dean Kamen as a kid or have a $6,000.  TED ticket to hang out with rich and famous creative people for four days.   My book comes with  left-brain and right-brain wristbands, a bookmark, and a small poster of the 2nd cover.   I have over 200 quote books; none like my book.   I haven’t bought a book in over 3 months, but the first book I’ll buy when I’m back on my feet, is The Book of Probes -Marshall McLuhan.   In those 200 quote books are a few McLuhan quotes.   I have a few in my book.  Your illustrative talents and Marshall McLuhan’s way with word should have been a best seller.
>I like the way you spoke of imagination and creativity at TED.    As a teacher I received two major teacher awards, kids and most parents loved me, the janitors and cooks loved me, and most teachers loved me, and principals were always trying to figure out a way to get rid of me.   My classroom looked like 24 back issues of RayGun and a few illustrations from How and Wired.
>In the back of my new creativity book in the Creatography, I am adding David Carson under Best Creative Designers and under Creative Products I’m adding the book, The Book of Probes-Marshall McLuhan edited by David Carson.
>May 2009 be a great wave.
>N. Wylie Jones

Subject: flash forward


To: David Carson <dcarson@earthlink.net>
Subject: flash forward
david, earlier this year, i hired a couple of digital guys from arnold in boston to come work for me. they just attended flash forward and heard you speak and said you were very inspiring. thought you might like to know, they thought you were the highlight of the conference : )
peace, mark



david at typoberlin, may 18th, 06.
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photo by bastard.project.com

Sent: May 26, 2006 4:55 AM
To: dcarson@earthlink.net
Subject: typeradio
Dear David Carson,
I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed interviewing you at TypoBerlin for Typeradio very much. We are very pleased you had time for a little chat.
After some editing (no more than cutting it in workable pieces and taking out some glitches and coughs), the interview will be put on this website for everybody to download and/or listen to direct:
i will let you know when the interview is online.
thanks again and kind regards on behalf of Typeradio,
Donald Beekman



Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
Screening #1
After a year and a half of filming, traveling, editing, and stressing, the World Premiere of Helvetica happened last night at SXSW in Austin. A sellout crowd of 450 packed into the Austin Convention Center for the film and a post-screening Q&A with David Carson and I (below). The audience was great, and although the evening is still sort of a blur for me, from the amount of laughs and applause we got it seemed like everyone really enjoyed the film.
(150 people had to be turned away )

dc and director gary hustwit at world premeiere of Helvetica.