American Graphic Designer: Grunge Typography

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David Carson is an American graphic designer, art director and surfer. He is renowned for his unique aesthetic breaking the conventional rules and grid and type system. This aesthetic is called “Grunge Typography”. Carson is the original and a pioneer of “Grunge Typography”. When his work was known to public in early 1990s, his experimental typography and magazine design inspire young designers and produced a plenty of imitators. He makes young generation to accept typography as a medium of expression. He gained his recognition when he was an art director of the magazine Ray Gun. He worked for a host of wealthy and well-known corporations. He also published a few of his monograph to display his works and to demonstrate the philosophy behind …show more content…
Jackson Boelts who taught that class assisted Carson to take a first step to the world of graphic design. Later, he attended Oregon College of Commercial art and three weeks workshop in Switzerland to study graphic design. The instructor of the workshop Hans-Rudolf Lutz had great influence on Carson and encourage to work in experimental way.

In 1984, Carson began the career in design fields. He became an art director of skaterboarder magazine called Transworld Skaterboard. During the four years of time he worked for them, Carson developed his unique and experimental aesthetic of typography. His chaotic visual expression was groundbreaking and seemed to challenge to old and conventional rules in typography. Then, Carson moved on to the magazine Beach Culture and became an art director. Even though he produced only six issues, his work at Beach Culture brought him more than 150 design awards.

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The title was originated from British designer Neville Brody’s comment. The End of Print has sold over 200,000 copies in 5 different languages. The End of Print is a visual document which allows readers gain a good insight of Carson’s distinctive works and his design approach that breaks the existed rules. The End of Print presents Carson’s work including the magazines such as Transworld Skateboarding, Surfer, Beach Culture and Ray Gun and the advertisements for clients such as Nike, Pepsi, MTV and Sony. So, readers can tracks his earlier works. In addition, the End of Print points out the role of type in emerging digital

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