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The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson

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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 or ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Chronicle Books (first published November 1st 1995)
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Hannah Jo Parker
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim M-M
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art_craft_design
Anything 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 :)
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
In 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.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I 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.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the 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.
Oct 09, 2007 rated it liked it
I'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.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
David Carson killed print so we can re-make it better.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
lost it somewhere
James Obando
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great overview of David Carson's work, daring and inspiring!
classic for designers/design students
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
It's like searching for easter eggs reading this book...and every time you open it, the eggs have been re-hidden. Love.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
David 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.
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