He was the enfant terrible of graphic design in the nineties. His tortured typography prompted a vocal camp of critics to accuse him of being flippant and of destroying the communicative basis of design. But now the techniques of David Carson (and those of his countless imitators) dominate advertising, design, the Web, and even motion pictures. With 35,000 copies of the original sold, this revised edition of The End of Print includes a striking new cover and first chapter that puts Carson's work in context. The rest is vintage Carson—cutting edge and explosive. The End of Print tracks his career from skateboard and surf magazines, to the landmark Beach Culture magazine and his groundbreaking grid-breaking work for Ray Gun, and finally to handling major corporate identity accounts. The End of Print marks a turning point in design that ushered in the look of today.
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The End of Print Review
- April 20, 2008Hannah Jo ParkerI was inspired to read this book after seeing David Carson in the documentary film Helvetica. I loved his assertion that you can't assume something communicates just because it's legible. This book was my lunch buddy for a couple of weeks as I studied its contents. I was uplifted every day by the notion that you can throw out all the rules and succeed beautifully.The End of Print provides plenty of examples of Carson's exciting approach to graphic design, including one of my favorites mentioned I was inspired to read this book after seeing David Carson in the documentary film Helvetica. I loved his assertion that you can't assume something communicates just because it's legible. This book was my lunch buddy for a couple of weeks as I studied its contents. I was uplifted every day by the notion that you can throw out all the rules and succeed beautifully.The End of Print provides plenty of examples of Carson's exciting approach to graphic design, including one of my favorites mentioned in Helvetica. He was once asked to lay out a magazine article about Bryan Ferry. Carson read the interview and felt it covered no new ground. He tried setting the text in every single typeface he had installed on his computer at the time, working his way through the alphabetical listing until he got to the last one. So, he set the entire story in Zapf Dingbats and the magazine printed it that way. My hero!Early in his graphic design career, Carson worked at a skateboard magazine that allowed him to experiment. During this time, Carson learned to question any formal preconception. Now, thanks to this book, I'm doing more of that myself.more
- November 14, 2008Kim M-MAnything that David Carson touches turns to golden chaos. He is the edge, of the cutting and 'Born to be Wild' is probably his anthem. The bane of art teachers everywhere, there is a freedom in his style flies in the face of reason.... I can't remember what this book is about though, all i remember is the graphics :)more
- June 22, 2007MadsIn my past life I was a graphic and layout artist for magazines. All because I was puttering around a bookstore and my eye caught a weird magazine cover. The cover was by David Carson and the magazine was RAYGUN. It was the start of an obsession. I believe that Carson revolutionized how magazines are designed, although his critics disagree.more
- June 23, 2008TomI loved this designer in the 90's. Looking upon his stuff now, it seems so dated. Probably because he was so imitated that it obliterated his work. This is what I'll probably say of Rex Ray's work in another decade.
- August 7, 2007Inggitathe book from the bad boy of typography himself. the out-of-the-design-box guru. the "king of non-communication." this book actually belongs to Abang Edwin - i'm just listing it here because it's one from a groundbreaking designer.
- October 9, 2007AmberI'm a graphic designer In school I had to do a report on a designer and David Carson was the one I picked out of the hat. I never heard of him before the project.
- April 24, 2008TonyDavid Carson killed print so we can re-make it better.
- March 5, 2008Angielost it somewhere
- June 7, 2012James ObandoGreat overview of David Carson's work, daring and inspiring!
- April 10, 2007bitchrepublicclassic for designers/design students
- January 19, 2009EricaIt's like searching for easter eggs reading this book...and every time you open it, the eggs have been re-hidden. Love.
- March 20, 2008NikkiDavid Carson is 'the' graphic designer of the decade. Whenever I'm stuck in a rut and need to get out of my grids, I pick up this book for inspiration.
- August 15, 2007Chandra Wirawanhow broken type accepted.. graphic design in wider view
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