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 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 ...

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Overview

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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Library Journal
This revised edition of the 1995 original features a new cover and a new opening chapter putting Carson's more recent work in context of the rest of his career. The text is brief, but the volume sports 225 images, including eight gatefolds. Even if you have the original, this enlarged, affordable title warrants purchase. An essential title for graphic design collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
People are rarely neutral toward the work of graphic designer David Carson; it vibrates off the page, sometimes deliberately obscuring the text that goes with it, and (for better or worse) it's had a profound influence on design in the US and elsewhere. A revised edition of the former pro surfer's 1995 monograph, the volume is loaded with beautifully printed examples of Carson's radical work for magazines, advertising, and the Web. Larded in between are snippets of text, commenting on the impact of his creative evolution, from trend-setting writers and artists such as Douglas Coupland, Bill Gubbins, Jessica Helfand, Tibor Kalman, and David Byrne. The work has no index (indexes<-->they're sooo print culture). Oversize: 9.75x11.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811830249
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Blackwell is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of Creative Review as well as the author of numerous books, including Twentieth-Century Type, The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson, and 2ndsight: Grafik Design After the End of Pri

David Carson is principal of David Carson Design Inc. and the author of the best-selling book The End of Print (Chronicle).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    The Best of the Best

    This is by far the best collection by the best designer of all time. Worth your time if you are a designer, or even just a design enthusiast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    it doesn't get any better than this

    David Carson shows his talent for making beautiful compositions with type and image. No grafik designer should be without this book!

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