Apple called him “a pioneer with profound impact”. Newsweek 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 which led to numerous awards and an expansive client list including Audi, Nike, Obama, and album art for Nine Inch Nails. A lifelong surfer and 2018 inductee into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, Carson 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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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.
Writer, Producer: David Scales @David_Lee_Scales
Portrait Illustration: Jose Emroca Flores, @Emroca
Intro Music: David Bowie, Blackstar
Outro Music: The Postal Service, We Will Become Silhouettes