The End of Print

ISBN: 0811811999
ISBN 13: 9780811811996
By: David Carson

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Art Art And Design Art Design Design Graphic Design Non Fiction Nonfiction Reference To Read Typography

Reader's Thoughts

Kim M-M

Anything that David Carson touches turns to golden chaos. He is the edge, of the cutting and 'Born to be Wild' is probably his anthem. The bane of art teachers everywhere, there is a freedom in his style flies in the face of reason.... I can't remember what this book is about though, all i remember is the graphics :)

James Obando

Great overview of David Carson's work, daring and inspiring!

Hannah Jo Parker

I was inspired to read this book after seeing David Carson in the documentary film Helvetica. I loved his assertion that you can't assume something communicates just because it's legible. This book was my lunch buddy for a couple of weeks as I studied its contents. I was uplifted every day by the notion that you can throw out all the rules and succeed beautifully.The End of Print provides plenty of examples of Carson's exciting approach to graphic design, including one of my favorites mentioned in Helvetica. He was once asked to lay out a magazine article about Bryan Ferry. Carson read the interview and felt it covered no new ground. He tried setting the text in every single typeface he had installed on his computer at the time, working his way through the alphabetical listing until he got to the last one. So, he set the entire story in Zapf Dingbats and the magazine printed it that way. My hero!Early in his graphic design career, Carson worked at a skateboard magazine that allowed him to experiment. During this time, Carson learned to question any formal preconception. Now, thanks to this book, I'm doing more of that myself.


In my past life I was a graphic and layout artist for magazines. All because I was puttering around a bookstore and my eye caught a weird magazine cover. The cover was by David Carson and the magazine was RAYGUN. It was the start of an obsession. I believe that Carson revolutionized how magazines are designed, although his critics disagree.


classic for designers/design students


David Carson killed print so we can re-make it better.

Stephen Conti

self-proclaimed god.... don't understand why everyone gets a hardon over this guy...


I loved this designer in the 90's. Looking upon his stuff now, it seems so dated. Probably because he was so imitated that it obliterated his work. This is what I'll probably say of Rex Ray's work in another decade.


David Carson is 'the' graphic designer of the decade. Whenever I'm stuck in a rut and need to get out of my grids, I pick up this book for inspiration.

Chandra Wirawan

how broken type accepted.. graphic design in wider view


the book from the bad boy of typography himself. the out-of-the-design-box guru. the "king of non-communication." this book actually belongs to Abang Edwin - i'm just listing it here because it's one from a groundbreaking designer.


It's like searching for easter eggs reading this book...and every time you open it, the eggs have been re-hidden. Love.

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