AIGA’s Artist Video Series: David Carson
Reading about designers can be moving. Seeing their work can be inspiring and, at times, provoke us to action. Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Watch David Carson‘s video.
David Carson’s boundary-breaking typography in the 1990s, in Ray Gun magazine and other pop-cult books, ushered in a new vision of type and page design — quite simply, breaking the traditional mold of type on a page and demanding fresh eyes from the reader. Squishing, smashing, slanting and enchanting the words on a layout, Carson made the point, over and over, that letters on a page are art. You can see the repercussions of his work to this day, on a million Flash intro pages (and probably just as many skateboards and T-shirts). His first book, with Lewis Blackwell and a foreword by David Byrne, is The End of Print: Graphic Design of David Carson, and he’s written or collaborated on several others, including the magisterial The Book of Probes, an exploration of the thinking of Marshall McLuhan. His latest book is Trek: David Carson, Recent Werk, a collection of his recent work.