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anyone ever pick up '2nd Sight: Grafik Design After the End of Print' ? his secondish book....
I'm looking at it.
the first book was better.
i actually think the second book was better, a cleaner act but still Carson.
i have trek... its a great volume.
his work was groundbreaking at the time, but it seems like he's trying to ride the wave out. i haven't seen any of his stuff lately that makes my jaw drop.
regardless if he's good or not, regardless of how he was trained or figured out his style, he doesn't need to be so pompous about his shit - acting like his work should become the new paradigm.
like MLP said, his work WAS groundbreaking at the time and his books were a huge inspiration to my fuct up typography through art college along with Attiks noise books and the clean typo of Neville Brody.
I still look through those books now for inspiration.
I do think carson still deserves the praise for what he did back then. i dont know much about him these days so i cant comment on his pompousness.
BUT i do think that he deserves more kudos than a lot of the people who are today regarded as 'heros' or leaders in technologies like new media by everyone and their dawg
A story an instructor at college told us (I'm paraphrasing): Way back when, David Carson was becoming a better-known designer, but sapped creatively, so to get new ideas he asked a big name design school to send him student portfolios under the pretense that he would choose one as an assistant. He ended up keeping the portfolios, copying the deconstructed design style of the students and becoming as famous for design as he wished he was for surfing.
My opinion: its ok, and at the time it must have been a breath of fresh air, but I had the feeling he was a dick, and after hearing that story I really can't look at his work without the vague feeling that he's a hack.
haha - that story is epic..
someone should investigate and verify
i heard the same story amp. very prick-like.
OK good, at least it's partially verified. I wouldn't want to spread shit talk and have it come back to me with a knock on the door at 4am with a drunk Mr. Carson, bottle of Jack in hand, looking for a fight.
OK wait that would be kind of awesome.
what a great story that would make
If I had to nominate an influential designer from the past 20 years to be the scapegoat for opening the door to the vast majority of contemporary, long-haried, boy-bandesque designers, I'd have to go with Dave Carson....
he's still solid. I take back my 'new generation' jibberish.
I'm sure there is a ton I could learn from him.
Amp's story sounds more like an urban myth - Carson has been around for along time and has 'developed' his style through time which you can definetly see when you look at his body of work chronologically.
can't we all just get along.
i love his work but his website is like decoding morse code.
me and a buddy installed 2 way mirrors at his pad in Brentwood. He came to the door in a dress.
in regards to the original question this thread posed... yeah, he's definitely a sexy man.
i've heard the same story regarding j. m. brockmann and students from basel.
i think carson did enough of his own thing, and deserves props. and yeah, he's full of himself, but so are most famous musicians and actors and i still appreciate music and movies... welcome to celebrity.
His redesign of Marshal Macluhan's "The Meduim is the Massage" is nothing short of the bomb-diggity.
Didnt he do the design for the last couple Nine Inch Nails records?