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“The Father of Grunge”

David Carson started out as a sociology teacher and a professional surfer in the 70s.  He was qualified as the 9th best surfer in the world.  In the 80s he started to experiment with graphic design.  He created a whole new graphic design style, now known as grunge.  The type on a page became a new art form.  He distorts the typefaces and gives them a dirty look and breaks up the images.  The typefaces become so distorted that they are almost illegible in a lot of his layouts.  He twists the type and photography together making the message very confusing but viewers are still drawn to his designs.  His work does not follow traditional graphic design standards.  He has influenced many designers to completely change their work and base it on the new standards that Carson has created.   He now owns two studios; one in Del Mar, California and another in Zurich.essayCarson


  1. Anne Kerns wrote:

    Check out Ray Gun magazine, for which Carson was the art director/designer, published from 1992 to 2000.

    Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  2. JRAGONE wrote:

    yea I have actually checked that magazine out. He does some pretty cool stuff.

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  3. Jwojcik wrote:

    Love his work.

    Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  4. Jung wrote:

    I like how he did on his design process.
    I enjoyed his interesting blog-like website as well. I can see he definitely was a surfer

    Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink
  5. jandos wrote:

    I love Carson’s work, but it’s rarely accurate to call one man the father of a movement. Grunge emerged from from the punk design of the early 70s and had many “fathers” and mothers.

    Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink