Apple called him “a pioneer with profound impact” and Newsweek magazine said he “changed the public face of graphic design”. In 1991 David Carson redesigned Surfer Magazine and established a now iconic graphic design style seated in raw human emotion. That work led to numerous awards and an expansive client list that includes Audi, Nike, Obama, museums and universities, and album art for Nine Inch Nails. A lifelong surfer and 2018 inductee into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, Carson candidly discusses the value of failing publicly, the importance of humanity in design, and why it is impossible to not communicate. Enjoy!

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David Carson by Emroca
Carson in his home studio and our makeshift recording studio.

Carson and Slater by Testemale
An Audi catalog in 2003
Redesign of all the signage and logos for The Dali Museum
Nine Inch Nails album cover

Carson gave a insightful and funny TedTalk in 2003 

David’s dreamy set-up somewhere in the West Indies

Collaboration project between Album Surfboards and David Carson

An Album board with artwork by David’s 2 year old son, Carson Carson.


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Portrait Illustration: Jose Emroca Flores, @Emroca

Original Ad Music: BeeJayOndera.com

Intro Music: David Bowie, Blackstar

Outro Music: The Postal Service, We Will Become Silhouettes 

Produce, Edit, Host: David Lee Scales, @David_Lee_Scales


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