David Carson Bio, Wiki, Age, Spouse, Family, Net Worth, Books, Artwork and Ray Gun

Who is David Carson?, David Carson Biography and Wiki

David Carson is an American graphic designer, art director, and surfer who was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is best known for his innovative magazine design as well as the use of experimental typography.

Carson was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun, in which he employed much of the typographic as well as layout approach for which he is known. His widely imitated aesthetic defined the so-called “grunge typography” era, in particular.

David Carson Age and Birthday

Carson was born on September 8, 195 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. David celebrates his birthday on September 8 every year. He is 64 years old as of 2019. Carson will be 65 years old on  September 8, 2020.

David Carson Height and Weight

Carson stands at an average height and moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out. He has blue eyes and grey hair color.

David Carson Education and Collage

Carson attended Cocoa Beach High School, he was class president for three years, and still considers Cocoa Beach, Florida to be the place he is most from. Carson joined San Diego State University and graduated with Honors and Distinction a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. His first contact with graphic design was at the University of Arizona during a two-week graphics course, taught by Jackson Boelts in 1980.

David Carson Family, Parents and Siblings

Carson was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He belongs to American nationality and white ethnicity. After doing our research, details about his parents are not known to the public and it is also not known if he has any siblings.  However, this information will be updated as soon as it is available. He is claimed to be the godfather of ‘grunge typography’ which he employed perpetually in his magazine issues.

David Carson Spouse and Dating

David is married two times but is currently single. Carson has three children. With his first wife, he has two kids; Luke Carson and Luci Carson. With his second wife, he has one son; Carson.

He likes to keep his personal life private hence much information about his dating life is under research. It is not known whether he is currently married or dating. However, this information will be updated as soon as it is available. Currently, he lives and works in Europe, California, and Tortola. He also continues to lecture worldwide on creativity and design.

David Carson Net Worth

Carson has an estimated net worth of $32 million dollars. He has accumulated his wealth from his successful career as a graphic designer, art director, and surfer.

David Carson Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about David Carson.

David Carson Bio and Wiki

  • Full Names: David Carson
  • Popular As: American graphic designer
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: Graphic designer, art director, and surfer
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: To be updated
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight

David Carson Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 64 years old as of 2019
  • Zodiac Sign: To be updated
  • Date of Birth: September 8, 195
  • Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
  • Birthday: September 8
David Carson Image
David Carson Image

David Carson Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: To be updated
  • Height / How Tall?: Average
  • Weight: Moderate
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Hazel
  • Shoe Size: To be updated
  • Dress Size: To be updated
  • Breast Size: To be updated
  • Waist Size: To be updated
  • Hip Size: To be updated

David Carson Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): To be updated
  • Mother: To be updated
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): To be updated
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Wife/Spouse: To be updated
  • Dating / Girlfriend: Single
  • Children:  Sons (Luke Carson, Carson) Daughter(s) (Luci Carson)

David Carson Networth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $32 million dollars
  • Salary: Under Review
  • Source of Income: Graphic designer, art director, and surfer

David Carson Design and Graphic Design

Carson left Ray Gun to found his own studio, David Carson Design, in New York City in the year 1995. He began to attract major clients from all over the United States. During the next 3 years (1995 to 1998), Carson was doing work for Pepsi Cola, Ray-Ban (orbs project), Nike, Microsoft, Budweiser, Giorgio Armani, NBC, American Airlines as well as Levi Strauss Jeans, and later served for a variety of new clients, including AT&T Corporation, British Airways, Kodak, Lycra, Packard Bell, Sony, Suzuki, Toyota, Warner Bros., CNN, Cuervo Gold, Johnson AIDS Foundation, MTV Global, Prince, Lotus Software, Fox TV, Nissan, Quiksilver, Intel, Mercedes-Benz, MGM Studios as well as the Nine-Inch Nails.

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Carson named as well as designed the adventure lifestyle magazine Blue, in the year 1997. David designed the first issue as well as the first three covers. Carson’s cover design for the first issue was selected among the “top 40 magazine covers of all time” by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Carson closed his New York City studio as well as followed his children to Charleston, South Carolina, where their mother had relocated them in the year 2000. Since then, he has resided in San Diego, Seattle, Zurich, and Tortola.

David Carson Work

Carson worked as a teacher at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California from 1982 to 1987. Carson was also a professional surfer and reached a 9th in the WSA pro-4A division during that time. He had his own signature model surfboard with Infinity surfboards and with rainbow fin co. He still surfs frequently at his property in the Caribbean.

In 1983, David started to experiment with graphic design and found himself immersed in the artistic and bohemian culture of Southern California. Carson attended the Oregon College of Commercial Art, only for a couple of months before accepting an unpaid internship with Action Now magazine, formerly Skateboarder magazine. That year, he went to Switzerland to attend a three-week workshop in graphic design during that year. Hans-Rudolf Lutz, the teacher of the workshop, became his first great influence.

David Carson Ray Gun

Carson was hired by publisher Marvin Scott Jarrett to design Ray Gun which is alternative music as well as lifestyle magazine that debuted in the year 1992. He designed as well as art directed the magazine for over three years, sending a completed issue to be printed when he finished designing it, with no one approving his designs prior to printing.

In one issue, he notoriously used Zapf Dingbats, a font containing only symbols, as the font for what he considered a rather dull interview with Bryan Ferry. Ray Gun helped make Carson as well known and attracted new admirers to his work. In this period, he was featured in publications such as The New York Times in May 1994 and Newsweek in 1996.

David Carson Typography

Steve and Debbee Pezman, publishers of Surfer magazine and later Surfers Journal tapped Carson to design Beach Culture, a quarterly publication that evolved out of a to-the-trade annual supplement.

Though only six quarterly issues were produced, the tabloid-size venue—edited by author Neil Fineman—allowed Carson to make his first significant impact on the world of graphic design as well as typography—with ideas that were called innovative even by those that were not fond of his work, in which legibility often relied on readers’ strict attention.

For one feature on a blind surfer, Carson opened with a two-page spread covered in black. After Beach Culture, Carson re-designed Surfer magazine and art directed and design it for the next two years, prior to starting Ray Gun Magazine for 3 years. Carson then relocated his studio to New York City for 7 years. He now splits his time between the West Indies, California, and Europe.

David Carson Poster

Carson served as worldwide creative director for Bose Corporation in 2011. Also, he worked as Design Director for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Surfing contest in Biarritz, France as well as designed the branding for the year 2012 Quiksilver Pro in New York City.

He designed a set of three posters for the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain as well as the covers for Huck, Little White Lies, and Monster Children magazines. In the year 2015, Carson was commissioned to design the posters as well as publicity for the Harvard Graduate School of Design, for the 2015–2016 school year.

David Carson Director and Surfing

Carson was the freelance Creative Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston in the year 2004. That year, he also designed the special “Exploration” edition of Surfing Magazine as well as directed a variety of TV commercials, including Lucent Technologies, Budweiser, American Airlines, Xerox, UMPQUA Bank as well as numerous others.

Carson served as worldwide creative director for Bose Corporation in 2011. Also, he worked as Design Director for the year 2011 Quiksilver Pro Surfing contest in Biarritz, France, as well as designed the branding for the 2012 Quiksilver Pro in New York City.

David Carson Artwork

Carson became the art director of the Transworld Skateboarding magazine in the year 1984 as well as remained there until 1988, helping to give the magazine a distinctive look.

By the end of his tenure there he had begun to develop his signature style, using “dirty” type as well as non-mainstream photographic techniques. Also, he was the art director of a spinoff magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, which began publishing in the year 1987.

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David Carson The End Of Print

Carson published his first book, End of Print in November 1995. It sold over 200,000 copies in five different languages as well as soon became the best-selling graphic design book worldwide.

David Carson Books

  • 50 Golden Rules Graphic Design 2011
  • Professional Risk and Working with People: Decision-making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice 2008
  • Trek: David Carson, Recent Work 2003
  • Fotografiks 1999
  • Professionals and the Courts: A Handbook for Expert Witnesses 1990
    The book of probes

David Carson Quotes

  • “Never mistake legibility for communication.”
  • “Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.”
  • I’m a big believer in the emotion of design, and the message that’s sent before somebody begins to read, before they get the rest of the information; what is the emotional response they get to the product, to the story, to the painting – whatever it is.
  • There’s many ways you communicate. With colour, texture, sound… Even words can communicate.
  • I think I work much the same way I always have. I’m trying to interpret something emotionally visually. I’m reading the brief or article, or listening to the music, and deciding where that sends me, and what would it look like.
  • Having done a lot of magazines, I’m very curious how big magazines handle big stories, and I was very curious to see how ‘Time’ and ‘Newsweek’ would handle 9/11. And I was basically pretty disappointed to see that they had chosen to show the photo we’d already
  • Maybe at some subconscious level, things are done to upset somebody – part of me continues to see no valid reason for many of the accepted rules of design.
  • As we get more technically driven, the importance of people becomes more than it’s ever been before. You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your

David Carson Awards

–  Best Overall Design, Society of Publication Designers in New York
–  Cover of the Year, Society of Publication Designers in New York
–  Award of Best Use of Photography in Graphic Design, International Center of Photography
–  Designer of the Year in 1998 and 1999, International Center of Photography

–  Master of Typography, Graphis magazine in New York
–  The most famous graphic designer on the planet in April 2004 – London Creative Review magazine (London)
–  One of the 30 most influential Macintosh users over the 30-year history of the computer – only two graphic designers were selected, Carson and April Greiman. Apple Inc. in January 2014
–  AIGA medal in 2014

Frequently Asked Questions About David Carson

Who is David Carson?

David Carson is a famous graphic designer, art director, and surfer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design as well as the use of experimental typography.

How old is David Carson?

David Carson is an American national born on September 8, 195 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

How tall is David Carson?

Carson stands at an average height, he has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.

Is David Carson married?

Yes, he is a married man. David is married two times but is currently single. Carson has three children. With his first wife, he has two kids; Luke Carson and Luci Carson. With his second wife, he has one son; Carson.

How much is David Carson worth?

Carson has an approximate net worth of $32 million dollars. This amount has been accrued from his successful career as a graphic designer, art director, and surfer.

Where does David Carson live?

He is a resident of California, USA, we shall upload pictures of his house as soon as we have them.

Is David Carson dead or alive?

Carson is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is David Carson Now?

Graphic designer, art director, and surfer: Carson is still an active participant in the creative art industry.

Who was David Carson influenced by?

Much of Carson’s work has also been influenced by the surfing sub-culture; his early professional surfing career allowed him to identify with and relate to his target audience. In his interview with Marc Cameron, Carson states: ‘growing up around that culture put me in a more experimental mindset’ (Cameron, 2012b).

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