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David Carson on Design

David Carson is perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the 1990’s. He has done work for the likes of Levi’s, Quicksilver, Nike, Yale University and more recently Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. However Carson did not set out in life wanting to be a graphic designer.

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In his early twenties, Carson was very in tune with the surfing sub-culture of southern california and throughout his life has remained an avid surfer, ranking 9th best in the world some years later in 1989. As well as surfing, he studied sociology at San Diego State University where he graduated ‘with honours and distinction’ in 1977. It wasn’t until 1980 that he had his first taste of graphic design, when he took part in a two week graphic design workshop which led him to re-enrol at San Diego State University to study graphic design. This was just the beginning of what would be an amazing career.


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