> His first actual contact with graphic design was made in 1980 at the University of Arizona on a two week graphics course.
> Carson had developed his signature style by the late 1980’s, using “dirty” type and non-mainstream photography, dubbing himself “the father of grunge”.
> Became the art director for Ray Gun, an alternative magazine, “The Bible of Music and Style”, which debuted in November 1992.
> You cannot not communicate. If I make this [page] totally unreadable, that’s communicating something. It’s sending a message.”
> The technology boom of the 1990’s enabled the adoption of personal computers. Easy access to design programs created opportunities for anyone to dabble in design work.
> In November 1995, Carson published his first book, with Lewis Blackwell, the End of Print – tracking his career from various art directed magazines to corporate identities.
> The early 1990’s brought a new era for Carson in which he explored deconstructive typography combined with photography-based design.
> “I never learned all the rules, all the things you’re not supposed to do, so I don’t believe the attitude, ‘learn the rules to know how to break them.’”
> The terminology of the trade has changed titles from ‘commercial and applied art’ to ‘visual communication’ and eventually ‘graphic design’.
> David Carson, as well as many other influential designers, continue to engage in rigorous and profound an investigation of alphabetic consciousness in the face of radical technological upheaval. > “Don’t mistake legibility for communication.”